Archive for the ‘One LP’ Category

Don Weller: Brecon, 2008

Don Weller – famed for his wonderful playing and almost ubiquitous beret – more on that later. I photographed Don during a break in the soundcheck by his big band which featured many of the UK’s finest musicians – including one you can see in the background Peter King, the great alto player chosen to play Charlie Parker’s Grafton sax before it’s auction.


Ian Shaw – One LP


“I pondered over many albums – I was going to bring Aladdin Sane for you by David Bowie ‘cos I wore it out when I was a kid.
But it’s got to be Aretha ‘Lady Soul’ ‘cos I bought it from Flint market, and I think it was like a quid or something and I’ve still got the original copy, and it’s just great.
It’s got all the best songs that she recorded like Chain of Fools, Natural Women, Ain’t No Way – with her sister singing backing vocals.
Aretha – Lady Soul.”

Ian Shaw: Cinnamon Club, Bowdon, 20th March 2015

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul released 1968
Ian Shaw

One LP – Graham Nash


Graham Nash shares his One LP – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. He was recording with The Hollies at Abbey Road at the same time the Fab Four were making the album that is truly timeless.

Full interview

Christian Scott – Band on the Wall

Christian Scott: Manchester 2010

Christian Scott: Manchester 2010

Christian Scott with Dizzy - the Band on the Wall motif

Christian Scott with Dizzy – Band on the Wall

Christian Scott and I share the same birthday – however he is younger, cooler, more talented and more knowlegdable about music than me – but I still like him!

An incredible player with a beautiful unique tone (made with his beautiful unique horn seen here – photographed with it for the first time I’m told).  I was reminded me of meeting Roy Hargrove in Glasgow in 1992 at a sinilar age on what I think was his first European tour. He was a self-assured, modest, brilliant young musician – who as we know continues to fulfill his great early promise.

Christian Scott too has those qualities, and the instrument has another great young player to help keep it moving. His love of the music, the strong sense of direction he and his band have – and the respect he showed to one of his great predecessors the late Clifford Brown (as he commented on his favourite LP) was both touching and inspirational.

Christian had very kindly agreed to be photographed with his favourite album for the ‘ONE LP’ project, I’m sure you know – a shoot often takes alot of pulling together and I would like thank Malcolm, Simon and Mike at Band on the Wall, Sorcha and Amy at Serious (who helped even in the middle of London JF – their massive main mission at the time) and Martin and Joe – looking after the guys on tour – for making it happen at the sharp end.

A truly memorable gig – catch them next time if you can.

Review from this tour in Birmingham

sndchkChristian Scott_MG_9675©William Ellis

Sound check, l-r - Kris Funn, Jamire Williams, Christian Scott and Matt Stevens

piano Scott_MG_9793©William EllisMr. Lawrence Fields on piano



In concert

In concert

The Fabulous Mr. Acker Bilk

I’m playing it now ‘Stranger on the Shore’. I guess we all heard this as children and thought how grown up it sounded and still does, great bass part too. Great to see him still on the road. I saw the band at Brecon JF playing to a sold out Market Hall, great atmosphere and alot of love in the air.

I contacted Les Squires – who takes of things for Acker to arrange a shoot for the ‘One LP’ project and after a little false start we arranged to meet in Crewe where Acker was performing at a charity concert. I was looking forward to meeting him so much – I really didn’t know what to expect.

Backstage I got lost (like you do) and didn’t want to end up as phantom of the opera so I retraced my steps and was escorted to the production office by a charming lady, was given the number of Acker’s room and knocked on the door. I was invited in and began a brilliant half hour in the company of the man with a glint in his eye – and the glorious renegades that are his band.

The maestro himself was ringmaster to some good natured extreme humour along the lines of Pete and Dud.

I’d been photographing all day at the splendid Saxophone Day at the RNCM in Manchester and had driven to Crewe a little fatigued but drove home grinning like an idiot thanks to Mr Acker Bilk and his Buccaneers – thank you gentlemen – and to Les for making it all happen.

The Fabulous Mr. Acker Bilk - Brecon 2010

The Fabulous Mr. Acker Bilk - Brecon 2010

Very Bad Company!

A fine time