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Bobby Wellins

One of the UK's finest and most distinctive saxophonists, Bobby Wellins turned 80 last month. Geoffrey Smith salutes a distinguished career, and the passionate, poignant sound which has led the way on such classic recordings as Stan Tracey's 'Under Milk Wood'.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 21 Feb 2016 00:00

Music Played

  • John Dankworth

    Weller Never Did

    • I Hear Music.
    • Salvo.
    • 7.
  • The Stan Tracey Quartet

    Starless And Bible Black

    Performer: The Stan Tracey Quartet. Performer: Tracey, Stan & Bobby Wellins.
    • 2.
  • Stan Tracey Big Band

    Afro-Charlie Meets The White Rabbit

    Performer: Stan Tracey Big Band. Performer: The Stan Tracey Big Band.
    • Alice in Jazz Land.
    • ReSteamed Records.
    • 2.
  • Jimmy Knepper & Bobby Wellins

    Latterday Saint

    Performer: Jimmy Knepper & Bobby Wellins. Performer: Jimmy Knepper. Performer: Bobby Wellins. Performer: Joe Temperley. Performer: Pete Jacobson.
    • Special Relationship.
    • HEP.
    • 12.
  • Stan Tracey & Bobby Wellins


    • Tribute to Monk.
    • Switch.
    • 3.
  • Bobby Wellins


    • Nomad.
    • Hot House Records Ltd.
    • 23.
  • Bobby Wellins

    For All We Know

    Performer: Bobby Wellins. Performer: Bobby Wellins Quartet.
    • The Satin Album.
    • Jazzizit.
    • 5.
  • Bobby Wellins

    Dunna Runner

    • Fun.
    • 4.
  • Bobby Wellins

    Time Gentlemen, Please

    • Time Gentlemen, Please.
    • Trio Records.
    • 1.
  • Bobby Wellins & Royal Scottish National Orchestra


    • Culloden Moor Suite.
    • Spartacus Records.
    • 5.


  Title:  Weller Never Did  
  Artist: John Dankworth 
  Composers: John Dankworth 
  Album Title: I Hear Music 
  Label: Salvo Catalogue No: BX-403 
  Duration: 01:59 
   Title:  Starless and Bible Black  
  Artist: Stan Tracey 
  Composers: Tracey 
  Album Title: Stan Tracey’s Jazz Suite – Inspired by Under Milk Wood
  Label: JAZZIZIT Catalogue No: JITCD-9815 
  Duration:  03:45
  Performers: Stan Tracy, piano; Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophone; Jeff Clyne, double bass; Jackie Dougan, drums.

   Title:  Afro-Charlie Meets The White Rabbit  
  Artist: The Stan Tracey Big Band 
  Composers: Stan Tracey 
  Album Title: Alice in Jazz Land 
  Label: ReSteamed Records Catalogue No: RSJ-102 
  Duration: 04:59
   Performers:  Kenny Baker, Eddie Blair, Ian Hamer, Les Condon, trumpets; Keith Christie, Chris Smith, Wally Smith, trombones; Alan Branscombe, Ronnie Baker, alto saxophones; Ronnie Scott, Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophones; Harry Klein, baritone saxophone; Stan Tracey, piano; Jeff Clyne, double bass; Ronnie Stephenson, drums

   Title:  Latterday Saint  
  Artist: Jimmy Knepper & Bobby Wellins 
  Composers: Jimmy Knepper 
  Album Title: Special Relationship 
  Label: HEP Catalogue No: HEPCD-2012 
  Duration:  07:22
  Performers:  Jimmy Knepper, trombone; Bobby Wellins, tenor; Pete Jacobsen, piano; Dave Green, bass; Ron Parry, drums

   Title:  Misterioso  
  Performers: Stan Tracey & Bobby Wellins 
  Composers: Thelonious Monk 
  Album Title: Tribute to Monk 
  Label: Switch Catalogue No: SWLP-001 
  Duration: 06:40  

   Title:  Nomad  
  Artist: Bobby Wellins 
  Composers: Wellins,  
  Album Title: Nomad 
  Label: Hot House Records Ltd Catalogue No: HHCD-1008 
  Duration: 04:35 
  Performers:  Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophone; Jonathan Gee, piano; Thad Kelly, bass; Spike Wells, drums; Claire Martin, vocals.

   Title:  For All We Know  
  Artist: Bobby Wellins Quartet 
  Composers: Coots/Lewis 
  Album Title: The Satin Album 
  Label: Jazzizit Catalogue No: JITCD-9607 
  Duration:  05:17
  Performers: Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophone;  Colin Purbrook, piano; Dave Green, bass; Clark Tracey, drums

   Title:  Dunna Runner  
  Artist: Bobby Wellins 
  Composers: Bobby Wellins 
  Album Title: Fun 
  Label: JAZZIZIT  Catalogue No: JITCD0434 
  Duration:  06:28
  Performers:  Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophone; Mark Edwards, piano; Andy De Jong Cleyndert, bass; Spike Wells, drums

   Title:  Time Gentlemen, Please  
  Artist: Bobby Wellins 
  Composers: Bobby Wellins, John Critchinson, Andrew Cleyndert, Mark Taylor 
  Album Title: Time Gentlemen, Please 
  Label: Trio Records Catalogue No: TR-587 
  Duration: 05:25 
  Performers: Bobby Wellins, tenor saxophone; John Critchinson, piano; Andrew Cleyndert, double bass; Mark Taylor, drums.

   Title:  Epilogue  
  Performers: Bobby Wellins, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra  
  Composers: Bobby Wellins 
  Album Title: Culloden Moor Suite 
  Label: Spartacus Records Catalogue No: STS020 
  Duration: 05:07