'Pearson Poke' A composition by Paul Taylor, part of a commission for Larkin 25. This festival held in 2010 was devoted to the memory of Philip Larkin, poet and jazz critic who was also librarian at the University of Hull for many years until his death in 1985. Performed by Trombone Poetry with All What Jazz, the musicians are, in order of solos: Martin 'Mad Dog' Jones - trumpet, Matthew Smith - alto sax, Pete Minns - tenor sax, Paul Taylor - trombone, Nigel Bartram - piano, Gary Hammond - percussion,
Keith Stutt - drums, with Dave Ellis on double bass. Recorded at the Hull Truck Theatre on Saturday 28 November 2010.
'Shine' (Dabney/Mack/Browne 1924) is played by the Unity Jazz Band and used here by kind permission of the Ted Lewis Centre, Barton upon Humber. It is taken from a unique digitally remastered EP of this Hull-based New Orleans outfit formed by students at Hull College of Art and Design 1958 and active for several years. Featuring five classic tracks, the lineup includes trombonist Ron Burnett who is still leading York’s Mardi Gras Jazz Band. On piano is the one and only Ted Lewis, author of nine novels including the iconic Get Carter. Other band members are Alan Peacock - trumpet, Tony Dugdale - clarinet, Eric Dobson - banjo, and Brian Thompson - drums.