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Bobby Wellins

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Saxophonist Bobby Wellins was born in Scotland in 1936 and grew up in the Gorbals. His mother and father were both in the variety side of show business, and his father played a big part in his early musical education. He heard a lot of jazz in the family home including Jimmy Lunceford, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, but when his father brought home a record by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie he was bitten with the bebop bug. He played piano, alto sax and clarinet before joining the RAF as a musician playing tenor sax. After leaving the RAF and playing in a few Scottish bands he made the inevitable move to London for an apprenticeship with the big touring bands including a trip to the USA with Vic Lewis in 1955

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What Was Happening

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1: Jubiliation: Jubilation; Nomad; What's Happening; Spider. Bonus tracks: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; You Don't Know What Love Is; Billie's Bounce. CD2: Dreams Are Free: Dreams Are Free; Love Dance; Aura; Conundrum; What Is The Truth; Ba-loos. Bonus tracks: Rhythm-a-ning; In A Sentimental Mood; Now's The Time; My Melancholy Baby.

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Wellins Quartet: What Was Happening

Read "What Was Happening" reviewed by Chris May


In 1965 tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins made an indelible mark on jazz history with his contribution to pianist Stan Tracey's Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood (Columbia). The exquisite “Starless And Bible Black" is the most frequently cited track (check the YouTube below) and is indicative of the album's overall beauty. For a ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Ernesto Cervini, Gary Urwin, Charles Pillow, And More

Read "New Releases From Ernesto Cervini, Gary Urwin, Charles Pillow, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we present new releases from Ernesto Cervini, Gary Urwin, Charles Pillow, Last Oak Out, Ayumi Ishito, Doug MacDonald, Joe Webb, Gui Duvignau, Ivo Perelman with Barry Guy & Ramon Lopez, Jason Stein with Marilyn Crispell Damon Smith & Adam Shead, Klaus Kugel & Pavel Hruby, Recabarren Menares Vazquez, Bobby Wellins, and, Yes! Trio. ...

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Article: Club Profile

606 Club In London

Read "606 Club In London" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The 606 Club in Chelsea has long been a Mecca for jazz fans who enjoy tasty food and great music. Entered by descending steep steps from the busy, bustling streets in one of London's busiest areas, 606 feels like a secret world where cozy tables, attentive staff, and superb music can be found in abundance. Owner ...

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Article: Album Review

The Qow Trio: The Hold Up

Read "The Hold Up" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Anyone whose musical taste yearns for the type of '50s and '60s sounds of artists such as Sonny Rollins, Jackie Mclean and Lee Morgan, may find The Hold Up is just what they seek. This is the second album from the Qow Trio (pronounced Cow). Taking their name from a composition on Dewey Redman's album, Coincide ...

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Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

Label: Re-Steamed
Released: 2023
Track listing: Cockle Row; Starless And Bible Black; I Lost My Sleep In Nantucket; No Good Boyo; Pen Pals; Llareggub; Under Milk Wood; A.M. Mayhem.

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Article: Album Review

Imogen Ryall: Imogen Ryall Sings the Charles Mingus / Joni Mitchell Songbook

Read "Imogen Ryall Sings the Charles Mingus / Joni Mitchell Songbook" reviewed by Neil Duggan


In 1976, bassist Charles Mingus was suffering from a degenerative condition which had left him part-paralysed and unable to play or compose in a conventional manner. He still had a mind full of musical ideas so needed a collaborator. He had become aware of Joni Mitchell and thought she might be the right choice. For her ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Tracey Quartet: Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood

Read "Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood" reviewed by Chris May


Pianist and composer Stan Tracey's Under Milk Wood, released in 1966, was among the first albums to prove that British jazz could, on a good day, stand as tall as its American parent. Over a decade would pass, however, before that fact was widely accepted by jazz lovers in either America or Britain. Indeed, it is ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room

Read "Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 6 (A Life of Whimsical Fantasies) and 9 (A Life on the Page), from Ivor Cutler: A Life Outside The Sitting Room (Equinox Publishing, 2022). Chapter 6: A Life of Whimsical Fantasies Ivor's love of jazz, formed during his teens and early-20s, remained strong and he visited ...


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