NO ROOM FOR SQUARES, Session 55 –11H JULY 2008, JAZZ/CLASSY DISCO OR IZIT? ON VINTAGE VINYL-the afroba-the SECOND FRIDAY, EACH MONTH, with JIM your record player, WEBSITE for playlists, www.jimz.biz PLAYLIST FOR SESSION 54 LAST MONTH and “the trip 39” enclosed (All featuring UNCONVENTIONAL and OFFBEAT music)(Subtitled tonight, Gilles Peterson is not in the house, but Jim is upstairs at the afoba, with quite a lot of music that may not be jazz, but if it’s good enough for gp!)
Welcome to my 208 th. Session here and its a very big thank you to those of you who have attended this evening during the last four years. Six months ago we celebrated our fourth birthday with the playing of TUNE 3,000 and a policy of trying to make these evenings a little "exclusive" and unique for Reading town centre anyway! The last Sat. TRIP session has given me the ability to play across the board, but includes some of the other nights music. The PROGRAM, now in year 6, has exposed me even more to Veris’s/ Andrews’s eclectic tastes, which, when I have the tunes, has bled over into my own nights. Check the PROGRAM-here always on the first Friday- www.myspace.com/veristheprogram.
So again I attempt the impossible and bring this jass music to a Friday evening "up for it" crowd. For the last few sessions I have moved the music to the very fringes of my interpretation of jazz and often beyond. This will not prevent me trying to adhere to some of the original ground rules-see enclosed-if the mood and the attendence seem to warrant it. Also please note tonight I do not have as many tunes with me as normal. This is due to at the moment to having to bring them in as I am am unable to leave them here from the previous session, so tunes you see on last months playlist may not be available. However the music speaks for itself, so let it play and you make up your mind whether it is the word jazz itself that is offputting, 'cause it certainly ain't the sounds coming out of the speakers. You will see from last months playlist however that I wandered a little at this Friday evening going someway beyond the original tuesday evenings jazz roots, and have altered the tag line to include classy disco.
Tonight, I will attempt to play some more jazzy Gilles Peterson tunes, as recently Gilles has been playing a lot of 70’s souljazzdisco on his Radio 1 show, and I have been pinching a few to play here. He has a new mix 3 cd set out now called Gilles Peterson in the House(crap title!), for which my son Miles has produced the sleeve art (www.peepshow.org.uk). The second cd has all the tunes he has been playing recently and tonight I get to play some more of them, off original vinyl. He also last week had a feature which included Carl Craig talking about Detroit jazz, so a little of CC and the jazz tonight.
Now the Waxpoetics connection. THE vinyl mag has just produced an anthology of its early issues and I get to see what I missed in issues 1 and 2, so tonight the likes of Bernard Purdie-again- and Idris Muhammad get some spins, again. Waxpoetics (ISSUE 29 just out) also has its own radio show once a week out of New York on East Village Radio, which you can podcast. I will be attempting to play some of the tunes that they have featured as my own tribute to THE vinyl mag. Unusually on recent shows they have been featuring some tracks that I have only just been dropping. Could it be that my playlists here are getting a little attention elsewhere? Tonight however we celebrate issue 29 with lots of tunes from Herbie Hancock, Lalo Schifrin( Enter the Dragon/Bullitt/Dirty Harry etc.), Sam Rivers, Cedric Brooks and a little hip hop all from the artists featured in the new issue. Herbie and Lalo are both boyhood idols of mine that I have collected for over 45 years so at last they get mucho afroba exposure. Plus tonight more of my summer mixes which are proving popular.( can’t wait for winter! to try more seasonal stuff)
Tonight we have to dedicate the evening to two late greats, Jimmy McGriff and Bo Diddley. Jimmy Mc G. is next to Jimmy Smith THE Jazz Organ player and like the WAXPOETICS RADIO SHOW recently you get tonight to hear him and a lot more plus some other organ greats. His version of the Last Minute on Sue 7” was one of my early purchases back in 1965 and I have kept with him ever since. Much the same could be said of Bo, although more blues/rock than jazz he was a vital geezer to purchase back in the 60’s and influenced so many of todays and yesterdays musicians.
…. Finally I intend to drop a few tunes from the last TRIP session., playlist enclosed, from two weeks ago, especially the best jazz reissue for ages, Herbie Hancocks jewish jazz lp recorded in 1968, a vital purchase You will also see a mention on the playlist enclosed that PLAYBACK sessions have now started, so you may be here during the week and get to hear again or not a session you were at or not!, as the recordings of the evening, without my chat on, are now getting extra airings. Also thanks to Andrew for guesting at the last trip, and watch out for VERIS from the Program guesting at the trip on JULY 26th, the sky is now the limit!
Thanks for reading this. The next NRFS is on AUGUST 8th, with the TRIP back on SATURDAY JULY 26th,, and THE PROGRAM on AUGUST 1st. Bless you all / JIM. ( Remember don’t loose your head, your brains are in it! )
All my sessions at the moment are dedicated to Ambrose Campbell and Jack Fallon both who died the year before last. Jack, Bless him was the guy who on opening a new Discotheque in Hereford in 1965 gave me my first chance to play out in a club environment. I however was very small fry compared to Jacks other achievements. He had had a great career playing bass with some of the British jazz greats like Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes and George Shearing. He also got to play with greats like Duke Ellington, Stephane Grappelli, Sarah Vaughan, and Big Bill Broonzy. He set up a variety agency in 1952 which handled the Beatles, Shirley Bassey, The Rolling Stones and most of the major British 60's Club bands. On top of all that he was the "house bassist" for the Lansdowne label in the 60's and played on the superb and ultra rare Ambrose Campbell album a few tracks from which I will play tonight in tribute to them both. To cap it all he also played on the Beatles White album in 1968. Bless you Jack, without you where would I have ended up!
Check the website for more playlists or take a look at the copies enclosed.
PLEASE TAKE THIS COPY AWAY WITH YOU IF YOU CANNOT READ SMALL PRINT.
IF YOU ARE CLEVER ENOUGH SOME OF THE OLD PLAYLISTS ARE STILL OUT THERE IN CYBERSPACE EITHER AS NO ROOM FOR SQUARES OR THE TRIP WHICH WAS THE ORIGINAL NAME FOR THIS NIGHT. I DO HAVE HOWEVER COPIES ON MY SYSTEM AND IF YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO SEND YOU A “REPRESENTATIVE” ONE JUST ASK.
WHO SAYS WE DO NOT TRY TO MAKE OUR SESSIONS USER FRIENDLY???
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES, a journey into jazz/classy disco or izit ? -the Ground Rules..
-"Jazz"/”Disco” played will cover the years 1940-2000 ish.
-Music will range from Bebop to more modern flavors with a Jazz tinge, and as the session is now on a Friday will wander off every so often into classy dance music territory.
-Styles covered are..BOP-HARD BOP-E/W COAST-COOL-MOD/SKA JAZZ-JAZZFUNK-FUNKJAZZ-SOULJAZZ-EUROPEAN-JAZZCOVERS-VOCALEESE-SOUNDTRACK JAZZ-HIPHOP, DRUM@BASS WITH A JAZZ FLAVOUR-"IS IT JAZZ"-SPIRITUAL/COSMIC JAZZ-SAMPLED JAZZ-LATIN JAZZ-PROGJAZZ-DISCOJAZZ-BRITJAZZ-JAZZ INNOVATORS.
-Most tunes will be played in total , and may be announced, some with more detail.
-A playlist, will be compiled on the night and handed out the following month. Previous playlists are also listed at www.jimz.biz and on hard copy in the shop,
JUST IMAGINATION MEMORABILIA, READING COLLECTORS CENTRE, 14/15, HARRIS ARCADE, STATION RD., READING. TEL 01189588666. www.jimz.biz
- Requests will be listened to and if not available, an attempt will be made the next month to play them. Artists featured in THE VINYL MAG, WAXPOETICS will be constantly featured.
-To maintain a pleasant evenings listening no avant-garde freeform jazz, Jamie Cullum or bleedin’ Amy Shitehouse will be played.
-Sessions will incorporate special segments, occasional theme nights, and guest DJ's.
-Attempts will be made to raise awareness of THE PROGRAM, (first Friday), any other sessions at the afroba, plus THE TRIP, on the last Saturday.
-We try to say that "Jazz" is not a four letter word. The spirit is that of the one word jazz poem "Listen".
- Everything will be played on vinyl, the majority being from first or early issues.
-NO ROOM FOR SQUARES is dedicated to Miles Davis, with his career timeframe being used as a template, ie 1945-1991, (the only artist to go from Bop to Hip-Hop! )
PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENING DOES NOT INCLUDE MUCH, IF ANY, POP, ROCK OR INDIE, HOWEVER A LITTLE DOES CREEP INTO the ”trip”, HERE ON THE LAST SATURDAY…..
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES IS an afroba "JAZZISNOTAFOURLETTERWORD” PROD.