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Unsung Hero

  • 1. Juicy Lucy
    2. Bobblin'
    3. Gone Into It
    4. Have You Met Miss Jones
    5. It's You Or No One / Shades
    6. Marsh Bars
    7. Which Way
    8. Just Squeeze Me
    9. Blue Monk
    10. Tickle Toe
    11. Comeback
    12. Sometimes
    13. Sunnymoon For Two
    14. Solea
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7026

  • Credits
    ProducerMike Hennessey Chastet
    EngineerWinnie Leyh

    Personnel: Chas Burchell (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Ronnie Scott, Geoff Carter (tenor saxophone); Brian Wood (trumpet); Bob Hirschman (trombone); Matt Ross, Bernard Eppy (piano); Mike Hennessey (piano, electric piano); Alan Simmons (bass); Al Merritt, Mike Scott, Alec Adams (drums).
    Recorded in England between 1962 and 1993. Includes liner notes by Graham Lock and Mike Hennessey.
    This is a companion album to The Mike Hennessey Chastet's album SHADES OF CHAS BURCHELL: THE MIKE HENNESSEY CHASTET.
    Chas Burchell was an obscure and part-time but talented British tenor saxophonist. Early in his career, he became a factory manager so he could stick to playing the music he most loved. Influenced by Warne Marsh and Stan Getz, Burchell led his Chastet for a few decades, up until the time of his 1986 death. He only recorded three times along the way, all sideman appearances on bassist Peter Ind's Wave label. But after his death, Burchell's former sidemen performed at a few benefit concerts in order to raise money for a commemorative CD made out of private tapes, and this disc is the result. Burchell is heard on seven different occasions, all from 1977-1985 with the exception of three songs from 1962. There is also a 1993 version of his song "Solea" as played by the surviving members of the Chastet. In addition to the fine British musicians, the great flgelhornist Clark Terry guests with Burchell on "Just Squeeze Me" and "Blue Monk." Other highlights include "Have You Met Miss Jones?," "Tickle Toe," and a version of "Sonnymoon for Two" that has Burchell holding his own with fellow tenor Ronnie Scott. This is a valuable release that makes it possible for future generations to hear how fine a tenor player Chas Burchell was during his unheralded career. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (2/96, p.105) - "...On the 14 previously unissued 1962-'85 performances gathered here, Burchell's style is heard in its transition from deep-toned, hard-biting [a] lighter, more linear approach..."
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  • Genre: Jazz
  • Label: In & Out 7026
  • Distributor: n/a
  • Analog/Digital: ADD
  • Mono/Stereo: Stereo
  • Studio/Live: Studio
  • UPC: 798747702621
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