TIMELESS – The David Snell Trio

David Snell – harp, John Dean – drums, Arthur Watts – bass

Jazz harpists are a very rare breed! Indeed, it is difficult to think of more than a handful in the entire world, nearly all hailing from the United States.

Pre- eminent amongst this select group is our own ‘home-grown’ David Snell, a consummate musician of many talents.

For over five decades, his career has included performing as a solo and orchestral pianist, (both classical and jazz), film- and library-music composer, (he currently continues to compose and arrange), conductor of the BBC Radio Orchestra and of numerous film-scores, and harpist in the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. On this newly-released CD, his harp is taken in a new and unusual direction.

David recorded several jazz-harp LPs over the times, but these almost always contained titles which were specified by their record producers. He was very keen to assemble a programme of his own favourite pieces and a good many years ago, the late Derek Boulton issued the result on his Horatio Nelson label. Now excellently remastered, (by Graeme Boyd), it is appearing in CD format for the first time.

The twelve tracks are all David’s interpretations of well-known ‘standards’, including Secret Love, All the Things You Are, Tea For Two, Stella By Starlight, Here’s That Rainy Day, etc. His background as a jazz pianist is very evident in his phrasings and improvisatory ideas.

The sleeve-note has been reproduced from that on the original LP. It pays a great compliment to David Snell and was written by no less a person than Robert Farnon, for whom David played harp on many occasions.

This is excellent CD is warmly recommended to those jazz-lovers who enjoy something ‘just a little bit different’

Priced at £10.00 plus postage, it can be obtained directly from Lilian Snell,
telephone 020-8360 5881; email: esagency@btconnect.com.

© Tony Clayden – May 2020

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  • Julie Rowland says:

    Hi ,im trying to find david snell ,my dad carl rowland was a childhood friend ,when they both lived in Albert street grantham, my dad is in Australia, maybe could arrange a video call just to say hello

    • Dan Adams says:

      Hi Julie, we don’t hold any details for Mr. Snell, I’m afraid and unfortunately, due to data privacy laws, we would be unable to pass such details on without his prior approval, but hope your attempts to find him are successful!

  • Julia Upton says:

    Hello, I have been in touch with the BBC about the signature tune for “McLevy”. Apparently it comes from Mr. Snell’s album “Victoriana”. More details would be welcome. Thank you!

    • Dan Adams says:

      Hi Julia, thanks for getting in touch. I can’t find any information myself, but I can put this in our e-newsletter and see if anyone gets in touch with more information.