ARTISTES: Digby Fairweather and Pete Strange
CD TITLE: Partners In Time
LABEL: 2007 Digby Fairweather (5022810924821)
LISTEN: track 1 – Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
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From the mid 1970s Digby’s constant working-partner was trombonist Pete Strange of whom he says “Pete – along with George Chisholm and Roy Williams – was the greatest British trombonist I ever heard!”. Strange worked early on with Bruce Turner and later from 1983 until 2004 with Humphrey Lyttelton; in 1994 with Digby he formed the ‘Great British Jazz Band’.
This album (originally issued on LP for Dawn Club as ‘Lennie Hastings; always the best!’) is newly remastered by Dave Bennett to present the entire evening’s session, recorded live in February 1978 at Pizza Express, London. Issued on Digby’s own label ‘Rose Cottage Records’ with new photographs and linernotes, this album is an essential portrait of a dynamic musical partnership spanning thirty years, and the best illustration of Strange’s outstanding talents on record.