NO ROOM FOR SQUARES SESSION 57, AT MILK, READING. PLAYLIST FOR THE SESSION, WITH VINTAGE VINYL, ON 8th JANUARY 2013. MORE PLAYLISTS AT www.jimz.biz - NEXT SESSION ON TUESDAY FEBRUARY 5th.
Well a session that seemed to flow very well. Not too much straight jazz, but I seemed to hit a groove jazz theme early on and stuck with it. Thanks to members of the Oxford Arts Group, who came the distance, and made up for lack of numbers. It was a bit of a “Zoot Money” night (the story I have scribed many times, about how Zoot and his seven piece band traveled all the way from London to Malvern, to play a gig that only myself and eleven others-in a ballroom fit for 400-attended, but the man still put on a great show as if the place was packed). I was up against January, the weather, and a live jazz gig at the Retreat, because the evening was a week later than usual, but the next session is back on the first Tuesday in February and then March 5 th, with Smiler and Keith undertaking a jazz special at MILK on Saturday March 9th. Looks like jazz is back, except for some of us it’s never been away- a little like vinyl!
I attempted for the first time using Audacity to record the session on the laptop, in the hope that I can share it quickly, as opposed to the recordings I have done on my minidisk player, which take ages to upload. I started a little early, to check out the recording, and finished a little early just as the “fashionably late”, were arriving. I only name checked the tunes on the hour each hour, and the recording sounds “broadcast standard”, for me anyway.
So if you were not there you may get the chance to listen back. Keep an eye on my Facebook page-Jim B. Donovan- or the MILK, Reading page. Don’t forget the one word jazz poem “Listen”.
BCNU Hopefully-Jim ( Dr. Jazzicus Hep)
GIL SCOTT HERON---GIVE HER A CALL, a couple of guys in early checking out the copy of Spirits on the wall display, so on this goes.
AHMAD JAMAL---GENERIC WALK, off to see him at the barbican next month, can’t wait!
RAMSEY LEWIS---KUFANYA MAPENZI, mixed nicely out of the previous.
BUNKY LEWIS---MY BABE, really nice example of early “mod jazz” from 1960.
AHMAD JAMAL---SPARTACUS, ahmad again with this great tune, well known for its lateef and callier versions.
BURT BACHARACH---SOUTH AMERICAN GETAWAY dropped this at the christmas trip to some interest, a gp fave!
PAT METHENY---ARE YOU GOING WITH ME, start of the evening proper!
BOBBI HUMPHREY---YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD, for kirsten, who always supports me!
ANDY BEY---CELESTIAL BLUES, pretty random one, but with 8 boxes with me to choose from, not difficult to improvise.
UFO---I’LL BET YOU THOUGHT I’D NEVER FIND YOU, 90’s a-jazz
KOOL AND THE GANG---WILD AND PEACEFUL, “disco band” whose roots were in jazz and this proves it
DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER---ALL BLUES, great vocal version of miles tune.
JULIE DRISCOLL---SEASON OF THE WITCH, continued the female vocal “theme”.
ANGELA BOFILL---PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ‘ROUND, slighty “up” version from the late 70’s.
IRENE REID---MOONDANCE, another female delight.
JOE HARRIOTT---HUM DONO, first cult brit. jazz of the night
DAVID BOWIE---VOLARE, to celebrate his birthday, his unusual version from the absolute beginners film.
DONALD BYRD---DOMINOES, jazzfunktastic!
ELVIS PRESLEY---FEVER, another birthday boy, and as close to “jazz” as the man got.
ELLA FITZGERALD---SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE, classic cream tune gets ellared.
LIZA MINELLI---LOVE FOR SALE, superb jazzdancer.
STAN GETZ---NIGHT IN TUNISIA, almost the first proper jazz of the night.
STEELY DAN---DO IT AGAIN, jazzorizit ?
ROY AYERS---LOVE WILL BRING US TOGETHER, never forget to play a roy.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG---THE CREATOR HAS AN MASTER PLAN, his spiritual groovy one, with leon thomas, another gp fave.
INCOGNITO/CARLEEN ANDERSON/RAMSEY LEWIS---TROUBLE DON’T LAST ALWAYS, last played this on my britjazz night years ago.
GRANT GREEN---MY FAVOURITE THINGS/A DAY IN THE LIFE/JOSHUA FIT DE BATTLE OB JERICHO, got chatting about grant to our visitors from oxford, so on go three in a row.
GREGORY PORTER---1960 WHAT, thanks chris for this, my most modern record.
FATS WALLER---I’M CRAZY ‘BOUT MY BABY, for rory our bar steward for the night.
BOSS TRES BIEN---QUARTET TRES BIEN, jazz revival tune.
LES McCANN/EDDIE HARRIS---COMPARED TO WHAT, played for claude nobs, the instigator of the montreux festival, who currently is very ill, possibly the best known recording from the festival in 1969.
THE NEW DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET---UNSQUARE DANCE, this one with “stevie wonder” overtones never ceases to create interest, dave goes electric with his children in 1978.
AHMAD JAMAL/GARY BURTON---ONE, amazing vid. on you- tube for this one, just watch how ahmad with his back to the band keeps the tune going.
UFO---FLYING SAUCER, instrumental remix by modaji
JACK McDUFF---JIVE SAMBA, both keith emerson and myself bought this in 1964, and it’s his fave organ lp which gave him a career!
PADDY ROBERTS---THE BIG DJ, finish with another gp’er, that I bought originally over 50 years ago, the message is in the lyrics.
NO ROOM FOR SQUARES IS A “JAZZISNOTAFOURLETTERWORD” PRODUCTION FOR MILK, READING, THE FIRST IN 2013.