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What Was Happening

by The Bobby Wellins Quartet

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    Limited edition deluxe double compact disc, in an 8-panel digisleeve, including a 16 page booklet with sleeve notes written by Spike Wells plus Jazz Journal reviews of the original albums and a live performance. Comprises two albums that were previously only available on vinyl, in limited numbers for a limited time, expanded with bonus recordings by the same line-up. Only 500 copies available worldwide.

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Jubilation 11:48
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Nomad 10:26
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Spider 15:14
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Love Dance 05:39
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Aura 03:07
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Conundrums 07:39
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Ba-Loos 07:37
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about

On download, streaming and CD for the first time ever, the Bobby Wellins Quartet albums – Jubilation and Dreams Are Free - expanded with bonus tracks. The original albums, and the extra tracks, were all recorded by the same quartet in 1978 or 1979.

Released in partnership with Spike Wells, the drummer in the quartet, who provided the extra recordings from his own tape archive, and wrote the booklet notes as well as providing many previously unseen photographs, Fiona Wellins, Bobby’s daughter, and the bassist in the quartet Adrian Kendon, who also produced the original recordings for the vinyl-only Vortex label.

The download includes printable CD artwork and the booklet notes. Also available as a double CD.

credits

released January 27, 2024

Bobby Wellins - tenor saxophone
Pete Jacobsen - piano, electric piano, organ
Adrian Kendon - bass
Spike Wells - drums

Disc 1

Jubilation
1. Jubilation 11:48
2. Nomad 10:26
3. What’s Happening? 3:48
4. Spider 15:14

All compositions by Bobby Wellins

Brighton Jazz Club, Hanbury Arms, Kemptown, 8th June 1978

Bonus tracks
5. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (Romberg & Hammerstein) 14:09
6. You Don’t Know What Love Is (De Paul & Raye) 3:26
7. Billie’s Bounce (Parker) 16:27

Brighton Jazz Club, Hanbury Arms, Kemptown, 19th January 1978

Disc 2

Dreams Are Free
1. Dreams Are Free 10:44
2. Love Dance 5:39
3. Aura 3:07
4. Conundrums 7:39
5. What Is The Truth? 7:56
6. Ba-loos 7:37

All compositions by Bobby Wellins

Porcupine Studios, Eltham, London, Mixed at Wave Studios, Middlesex 1979

Bonus tracks
7. Rhythm-a-ning (Monk) 6:22

Glasgow, 2nd May 1979

8. In A Sentimental Mood (Ellington) 5:22
9. Now’s The Time (Parker) 10:49
10. My Melancholy Baby (Burnett & Adler) 12:01

Christ’s Hospital Arts Centre, Horsham, 8th June 1979

Original Jubilation album credits (Vortex VS1)

Recorded live at Brighton Jazz Club, Hanbury Arms, Kemptown on 8th June 1978
Produced by Adrian Kendon and Murray Pearson
Recorded by Murray Pearson
Photography by Bill Douse
Designed by Roy Osborne
Manufactured by SRT Records, 987 High Road, Finchley, London N12
Published by Vortex Records, 70 King Street, Cambridge
Special thanks to Rod Kelly, Gavin Jones, Marshall Presser, and Brighton Jazz Club
Original Dreams Are Free album credits (Vortex VS2)

Produced by Adrian Kendon and Murray Pearson
Recorded at Porcupine Studios, 5a Porcupine Close, Eltham, London SE9
Recording Engineer: Ted Taylor
Mixed at Wave Studios, 207 Amyand Park Road, Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3HN
Mixing Engineer: Warne Livesey
Cover photograph by Claudio Villa
Manufactured by SRT Records, 987 High Road, Finchley, London N12
Published by Vortex Records, 70 King Street, Cambridge, England
Special thanks to Marshall Presser


The tracks on this album have been transferred from the two Bobby Wellins Quartet vinyl albums or from Spike Wells’ personal reel tape archive. The transfers and the audio mastering are the collective effort of Paul Dutnall, Danny Jarvis, Keith Bikel, Chris Martyn and John Thurlow under the overall direction of Spike.
Booklet notes by Spike Wells
Jazz Journal articles included with the kind permission of Mark Gilbert
All images used are from Spike Wells archive, except where noted
Designed by Pete Woodman
Produced by John Thurlow and Spike Wells

Special thanks to Fiona Wellins, Adrian Kendon and Spike & Ellie Wells

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℗ Jazz In Britain 2023

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