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Al Fairweather

b. Alastair Fairweather, 12 June 1927, Edinburgh, Scotland, d. 21 June 1993. After a short flirtation using the trombone, Fairweather resolved over the trumpet even though still at college started playing jazz. Amongst his companions at Edinburgh Royal SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL had been pianist Stan Greig and clarinettist Sandy Dark brown, both of whom had been to make a difference collaborators in old age. In 1953 Fairweather transferred to London where he became a member of Cy Laurie’s music group and in 1954 when Dark brown also found London they resumed their musical relationship. Over another couple of years the Brown-Fairweather music group obtained in quality and power plus some of their recordings, specifically McJazz, were broadly regarded at that time to be the very best to attended from a Uk music group. Leadership from the music group was initially nominally with Dark brown but as his nonmusical interests created Fairweather got charge. Later Dark brown returned, however in the middle-60s Fairweather became a member of Acker Bilk and in the middle-70s he started an extended association with Greig’s London Jazz Big Band. In 1983 he experienced a severe coronary attack, thereafter performed a little and in addition painted, ultimately retiring to Edinburgh in 1987. Although his early playing recognized his admiration for Louis Armstrong, Fairweather’s simple, liquid and understated design suggested towards the much less discerning listener that he was the junior in his partnerships using the even more forthright Brown. Actually, Fairweather’s playing was intentionally couched as an ideal foil for his exuberant partner. His agreements for their music group, as well as for Greig’s big music group, reveal his deep knowledge of the diverse types of jazz. As Greig remarked, ‘People didn’t know how great he was.’

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