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We have been provided with some great pictures and recordings by sax man Chris Macdonald, a close, life-long friend of Coops, who kindly sent two batches from his personal collection. Below are seven videos from Alan Cooper’s trio at the Hay on Wye Jazz Festival in 1996 and a further four recordings from 1968 when he fronted a quartet called Coop’s Group.

Alan Cooper - Coop's Group - Sugar

Alan Cooper (clarinet), John Farrell (pno), Pete Beresford (vibes) and Billy Loch (drs). Recorded in 1968

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Alan Cooper - Coop's Group - Devil And The Deep Blue Sea

Alan Cooper (clarinet), John Farrell (pno), Pete Beresford (vibes) and Billy Loch (drs). Recorded in 1968

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Alan Cooper - Coop's Group - Old Rockin' Chair

Coops adored his pet parrot...and obviously the feeling was reciprocated as they kiss, beak to nose. Alan Cooper (clarinet), John Farrell (pno), Pete Beresford (vibes) and Billy Loch (drs). Recorded in 1968

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Alan Cooper - Coop's Group - Indiana

Alan Cooper (clarinet), John Farrell (pno), Pete Beresford (vibes) and Billy Loch (drs). Recorded in 1968

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Alan Cooper at the Hay Festival '96 - Button Up Your Overcoat

Alan Cooper (clarinet), Martin Litton (piano), Stanley Adler (cello)

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Alan Cooper at Hay Festival '96 After You've Gone

Alan Cooper (clarinet), Martin Litton (piano), Stanley Adler (cello)

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Alan Cooper at Hay Festival '96 - Davenport Blues

Coops makes another of his stock joke introductions regarding the bass clarinet. Alan Cooper (bass clarinet), Martin Litton (piano), Stanley Adler (cello)

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Alan Cooper at Hay Festival '96 - You Took Advantage of Me

Alan Cooper (clarinet), Martin Litton (piano), Stanley Adler (cello)

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Alan Cooper at Hay Festival '96 - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

A hymn of the great US depression, often known as "Buddy, Can you,etc). Alan Cooper (clarinet), Martin Litton (piano), Stanley Adler (cello).

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Alan Cooper at Hay Festival '96 - My Sweet Tooth Says I Wanna

Coops warms 'em up with a joke and launches into a famous old comedy number, made popular by the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - "My Sweet Tooth says I Wanna, But my Wisdom Tooth says No".

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Alan Cooper - Hay Festival '96 - interval time

Coops makes his classic interval announcement.

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