Various Artists

Homemade Jam, Vol. 1

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Virtually no English musician could make a living during the 1930s from playing exclusively jazz but fortunately quite a few had opportunities to record it. On the first of two LPs put out by the English World label (a subsidiary of EMI), there are 18 selections from 1935-36 featuring such interesting soloists as violinist Hugo Rignold, trumpeters Norman Payne and Duncan Whyte, trombonist Lew Davis, clarinetist Jack Miranda, tenorman Buddy Featherstonaugh and Freddy Gardner (who played clarinet, alto and baritone). The repertoire is primarily American swing standards and these now somewhat forgotten players acquit themselves quite well. Highly recommended to swing collectors.