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As a tribute to the marvellous talents of Sir John, we are bringing forward a special PREMIERE RELEASE of the concert that John Dankworth’s band performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1959.
SPECIAL BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDES HIS SCORE FOR “THE CRIMINAL”. With a new essay by noted jazz writer Simon Spillett.
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SIR JOHN DANKWORTH, CBE, who died on 6th February had a career spanning six decades.
Many tributes have already been made throughout the broadcast and print media, but we feel the best way of acknowledging his tremendously diverse talent is to go back to a warm July evening in 1959, when his band played for the first time in the United States at the renowned Newport Jazz Festival.
Long unavailable, and a highly sought-after recording by jazz fans in general and Dankworth devotees in particular, we present an updated version of the original LP release – its first time on CD - with a terrific fully illustrated booklet boasting a new and insightful essay by noted jazz writer, Simon Spillett.
As an added bonus we include in this release the music for one of Sir John’s first film compositions, “The Criminal” (known in the U.S. as “The Concrete Jungle”).
Full personnel details are included which throw up a few surprises at how frequently (and boldly) the line-ups were changed.
Great photos as always. Read John Fordham's review in
The Guardian here
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Read an obituary to
Sir John Dankworth here
|Live At The Newport Jazz Festival, 1959