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Jazz Reception in Britain: Misunderstandings and Recordings in Exile

Melody Maker solicited advice from music industry moguls about what might revitalize the British jazz scene. By 1962 the Trad fad was beginning to fade; the market was flooded with homogenous 'traddy-pop' bands and club attendance was down. Most proposed an exploration of Caribbean music or a return to large dance orchestras, but producer Denis Preston suggested the same course of action he had in the late 1940s: a good, strong dose of the blues. The Flamingo, just down the road at 33 Wardour Street, was devoted to modern jazz in the 1950s and early 1960s but offered a Sunday night residency to Blues Incorporated in early 1963. They were soon replaced by Georgie Fame, a failed teen pop star who had discovered a fondness for jazz and blues. The band arose from the remnants of Paul Samwell-Smith's Metropolis Blues Quartet, which specialized in acoustic country blues.