GRAHAM, KENNY - THE SMALL WORLD OF SAMMY LEE (LP)


"Aah yes, The Small World Of Sammy Lee. A classic London film. With a superb, but missing London jazz score - not that anyone really cares that much. Well I certainly do. A few viewers come across the film following the trail of Anthony Newley, who I think is incredibly important to anyone into the history of London, theatre, film, TV, Joan Collins, music and of course classic songwriting in the East End / Lionel Bart style. The Small World Of Sammy Lee was a coming of age film for the young but already prodigious acting star. Those who have seen the film will know it's quite a brilliant movie, with Newley's natural born Hackney hussling style finding the perfect match in Sammy "Lee" Leeman, a nightclub compere who has to find impossible amounts of cash (Ł300 in 1963) in just one day to fend off the bookies he's dangerously in debt too. It was a racy "X Certificate" film of its day - and is perfectly set in the sleazy Soho of the early 1960s. Pimps, strippers, brasses, queers and thugs decorate the film with alarming regularity. And as the movie begins there's a long, slow title sequence shot as the sun is coming up in W1. We follow a dustcart through the empty first-light streets - Old Compton Street, Dean Street, Wardour Street, Greek Street and all to the perfect soft, dawn jazz of Kenny Graham. I wish there was a list of musicians performing on the recording but there are none. Some of you jazz masters out there may well be able to discern who plays what where once you've heard it- and please get in touch if you have suspicions. To others I suggest you sit back and let the music take you on a little trip through Soho fifty years ago." (Jonny Trunk) also available on CD
in stock | UK| 2014| TRUNK | 18.90


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