No Room For Squares 17/07/2008

Well another one bites the dust, until you get to hear it again (or for the first time at PLAYBACK@the afroba) The plot for this one was to play lots of Herbie Hancock/Lalo Schifrin and some of the other artists featured in the new issue of Waxpoetics and I just about managed that. However the new plot to play an hour of classy disco went out of the window and got replaced with hip-hop and reggae. Please note the next session of the trip on july 26th features Veris our man from the Program (here on the first Friday). Be here or be somewhere else! The next session of nrfs is on August 8th. Finally be warned if you are listening to the session at Playback, as the DJ Krush track went funny on me and DJ Shadow towards the end suffers from my terrible scratching(yep I can’t mix or scratch, just choose tunes!). BCNU/Jim.
VOICE SAMPLES courtesy of DJ YODA’s cut and paste to start the evening, then into….
HERBIE HANCOCK…PALM GREASE, 1974, great headhunters cut to kick in with.
HERBIE HANCOCK…I HAD A DREAM, 1969, from his last blue note lp, really atmospheric.
7.00 SILVETTI…SUN AFTER THE RAIN, 1978, the sort of classy disco I intended to play more of and didn’t.
HERBIE HANCOCK…BUTTERFLY, 1974, another headhunters corker.
LEON THOMAS…PRINCE OF PEACE, 1971, first vocal of the session with handbells galore.
SAM RIVERS/HERBIE HANCOCK…EUTERPE, 1965, on blue note from sam who is featured in the new wp.
7.30 ERYKAH BADU/COMMON…LOVE OF MY LIFE, 2002, just love eb.
BILLY PAUL…EAST, 70’S, reminded of this one via the black power salute prog. on tv.
MICHAEL GARRICK/NORMA WINSTONE…THE HEART IS A LOTUS, 1970, just got this rather rare brit jazzer, with funky harpsicord!
8.00 ST.GERMAIN…ROSE ROUGE, 2000, the eric truffaz proper jazz version.
CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA…ODE TO THE BIG SEA, 1999, also featured in the new wp.
OSCAR BROWN JUNIOR…AFRO-BLUE, 1966, great vocal take on mongo santamaria tune.
BILL WITHERS…AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, 70’S, moving into vocal territory at last.
IRENE REID…MOONDANCE, 1970, lovely version of the van morrison classic.
NINA SIMONE…HERE COMES THE SUN, 1971, nina takes on the beatles and wins!
DJ KRUSH/TOSHINORI KONDO…THE SUN IS SHINING, 1998, this one went funny on me, stylus problem so I cut quick to…
PHARCYDE…RUNNIN’, 1995, early j.dilla production on 12”
8.30 JAY-Z/GWEN DICKEY…WISHING ON A STAR, 1996, the star of glasto?
DAVID McCALLUM/DAVID AXELROD…THE EDGE, 1966, start of original tunes that have been mucho sampled segment.
MOONDOG…BIRDS LAMENT, 1969, the source for scruffs get a move on.
HERBIE HANCOCK…WIGGLE WAGGLE, 1971, the source for back by dope demand.
SHIRLEY BASSEY/LALO SCHIFRIN…THE LIQUIDATOR, 60’S, film theme not sampled yet!!
JOHN DANKWORTH…RETURN TO THE ASHES, 1973, from his film themes lp and sampled to def.
GIORGIO(MORODER)…TEARS, 1972, shadow lifted this one almost exactly for organ donor.
GALT McDERMOTT…COFFEE COLD, 1960’S, the source for the handsome boy’s the truth.
LALO SCHIFRIN…BULLITT, the classic film tune of lalo’s gets a black dog remix.
JIMMY SMITH/LALO SCHIFRIN…THE CAT, 1964, mucho used in car tv ads.
9.00 HANDSOME BOY MODELLING SCHOOL…THE TRUTH, 1999, chatting about this one after the sample so on it goes.
LALO SCHIFRIN…BULLITT, 1960’S, the original by the man himself.
ROOTS MANUVA…DREAMY DAYS, 2001, chatting about brit hip hop so on he goes.
CHARLES KYNARD…SOMETHING, 1971, my fave with purdie on skins.
BERNARD PURDIE…THEME FROM SHAFT, 1972, and straight to the man himself,.
9.30 ELLA FITZGERALD…JAZZ SAMBA, 1966, amazing jazz dance take on bossa classic.
CEDRIS BROOKES…THEME FROM SHAFT, 1972, cedrics featured in wp so on goes this reggae scorcher.
LALO SCHIFRIN…THEME FROM JAWS, 1976, lalo’s disco cut on the film theme.
MILES DAVIS…TEO, 1961, a little proper jazz much neglected at this session.
WILLIE COLON…SET FIRE TO ME, 1986, this was to have started the classy disco segment but I wandered.
10.00 SNAP…RHYTHM IS A DANCER, 1992, with brains breakdancing on the decks to this!
EDDIE BO…CHECK MY BUCKET, 1970’S requested and followed by another new orleans classic.
ERNIE K. DOE…HERE COME THE GIRLS, 1970’S, better known now thanks to the m and s ad.
CHUCK CHILLOUT…I’M LARGE, 1989, with the james bond theme sample.
KING BEE…BACK BY DOPE DEMAND, 1990, herbies original sample played earlier.
JURASSIC 5…JAYOU, 1997, requested and a great fave of ours.
JAZZY JEFF/FRESH PRINCE…SUMMERTIME, 1991, will smiths pre film career tune.
KELIS…CAUGHT OUT THERE, 1999, still love this r and b hip hopper.
10.30 QUANTIC SOUL ORC…GET A MOVE ON, 2005, the q’s pay tribute to scruff who paid tribute to moondog!
CAVEMAN…I’M READY, 1991, more brit hip hop with the hendrix sample.
THE CLASH…TIME IS TIGHT, 1979, always like to drop an unusual one and this was it!
SKATALITES…FREEDOM SOUNDS and PHOENIX CITY, nearly 20 years separating these two grat ska tunes.
JACKIE MITOO…HANG EM’ HIGH, 1970’S, skatastic! take on the film theme.
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS…FUNKY KINGSTON, 1970’S, with drums from heaven.
11.00 OWEN GRAY…MASH IT, 1961, right back to the beginning of ska.
HERBIE HANCOCK…WATERMELON MAN, 1963, my childhood fave and my original blue note vinyl.
MADLIB…STEPPING INTO TOMORROW, 2003, maddie invades the blue note kitchen and cooks.
GRANT GREEN…LET THE MUSIC TAKE YOUR MIND, 1970’S, blue note take on kool and the gang tune.
DJ SHADOW..INFLUX, 1994, I was asked honest to play about with this and the scratchin’ at the session didn’t sound so bad…but on playback!!!
MAJOR FORCE/CUT CHEMIST…RE RETURN OF THE ORIGINAL ART FORM, 1990’S, I left this one well alone with no overlays.
GENTLE PEOPLE…JOURNEY, 1990’s , remixed by aphex twin and not played for ages .
4-HERO…BLACK GOLD OF THE SUN, 1997, great one to wind down with and finally..
CARL CRAIG…BUTTERFLY, 1993, to finish and no stupid end of evening tunes this time…..

No Room For Squares 11/07/2008

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, 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-
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 ( 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.
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.
-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 and on hard copy in the shop,
- 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! )

Example of Trip Newletter

the trip@theafroba, with vintage vinyl, normally the last SAT each month.
Welcome to another session. I think this night must now be one of the longest continuous running in Reading town centre, especially if you add my previous night No Room For Squares, which started before the trip and then merged with it just about two years ago. Its also so nice to have now played over 70 sessions of this night, and 250 generally here, especially as the afroba was the place that brought me back into this club record playing lark, having now played well over 11,000 tunes here during the last 8 years. Also I am now busier than ever popping up in several other locations locally. To think I was trying to cease my record playing activities a few years ago and thanks to the afroba there looks to be little sign at the moment of me grinding to a halt. It also seems the right time to inform any new trip attendees where this night comes from, quite where it is going to is another matter! In 2001/2, the afroba started sessions in the week of nights playing” interesting music”, a million miles away from the funky house syndrome that pervades the rest of the town centre. Veris with his PROGRAM night was first off and the afroba was filled to the rafters with the likes of funky library/b-music /soundtracks. I came on board by loaning the equipment and eventually started to play a few tunes. Several other dj’s came and went with Dean moving abroad and Tom moving away. Shortly after this I became involved with another night here CLUB RUDE, which still continues but elsewhere locally. This night takes me back to my origins of 60’s Mod Club music. Then it seemed a good idea for me to start my own night NO ROOM FOR SQUARES, which was an entire evening of jazz based music again in the week. The logic of playing on weekdays allowed for complete musical freedom as it was not felt forcing ”obscure” music on customers at the weekend who were a bit more” up for it”, would be right. The “I-bet-ya” team also kicked off their own night and thus begat Dan Le Sac. We also tried a Friday night session called RARE FUNCTION, which mixed obscure with better known, and this paved the way for the TRIP on a Saturday. However all good things come to an end and the smoking ban/licensing hours change a few years ago meant that weekday attendances started to suffer and the prohibitive cost of music licences also added to the problem. So by the middle of 2008 we were down to just the one night, this one, except read below. To promote the afroba sessions however we added a few novel features. The posting of playlists on my shop site, and because I recorded all the sessions on minidisc, the playing back of the nights following the session. So that’s it for a brief rundown, except to mention that we also play back few memorable sessions. The evenings that I remember well were the James Brown tribute night that Veris and myself undertook, the entire Miles Davis evening and the playing of a tune that we broke here that saw its release for the first time on 7”. However you should be aware that we now have another session to complement the trip. TRACKS and GROOVES, with the MIGHTY AC., is always on the last Thursday. SO PLEASE DO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THE afroba AND COME AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN (you can hear playback recordings of this vinyl only sessions on most evenings here) AND PLEASE DO COME ON THE LAST SATURDAY AND LAST THURSDAY AS THE ATTENDANCE AT IT MAY DICTATE THE FATE OF FUTURE SESSIONS. IF YOU CARE ABOUT A BAR THAT POSSIBLY PLAYS SOME MUSIC YOU CAN NOT HEAR ELSEWHERE IN READING THEN PLEASE SUPPORT US. The extra evening has come about because I am now able to leave my spare equipment in situ, which I will be testing tonight, so apologies if a few gremlins sneak into the evening.
Also please note the afroba is available for hire, 7 evenings a week-with or without me-just contact Channie or Chris. Recently at this session I was asked to undertake a private party here the following week and did just that, even at short notice managing to sort out most of the required tunes/artists, and the session was even more rammed than a normal one.
The dates each month are displayed in advance here, in the Collectors Centre and Sound Machine in Harris Arcade in Station Road, Reading, or pick up a "flyer" from the shops or me tonight. Previous evenings playlists for NO ROOM FOR SQUARES/THE TRIP, can be found at, where plenty are always posted, or e-mail jim at for more details. Also you can now look at my FACEBOOK page, I’m JIM B. DONOVAN, and also join the afroba group now on Facebook. The TRIP comes with a free newsletter and that’s what you are reading right now. Tonight basically the music goes across the board. However the evening does have a tint of jazz/soul/black music incorporated, and does not normally stray into indie/pop or rock, except when it does! The general feel is to try and play music on vintage vinyl that was made to be played on vinyl, and that you cannot hear on a single evening anywhere else in Reading town centre. Because of the size of the afroba we do not aim for a dancefloor audience, but that should not stop you listening or occasionally shaking your rump! We also hope that you will go away with a few tunes ringing in your ears. Also this session runs from 6.30 to midnight, so come early for possibly in future a few surprises. At the moment we are experimenting with a concept called PLAYBACK@theafroba, where we are playing back the recordings we make of the evenings during the weeks following, with a paper-copy available of the tunes played so that you can follow them! At the moment they are running to no particular pattern so keep coming back often if you would like to hear some of them. Also at the moment I have made available 3 old sessions recorded here, Cosmic jazz/British jazz /Miles Davis .

I am afraid all the cd’s recorded live during my sets here at the afroba cd’s have now gone, that’s 16 different in total now for which I pressed up 50 of each, so I best be sorting out more. The last 8 were CLASSY DISCO/DOWNBEAT /THE MOONMIX/BLACK ACTION FILMS/LATIN AND BRAZILLIAN/ SESSION AND LIBRARY MUSIC/ MILES DAVIS and THE FIRST HOUR OR SO. What was really nice was I presented the last set to Mr. Scruff, when he came to see me in the shop recently, and it seems as if a few of the tunes on them are turning up in his sets.

I often worry that I will run out of ideas for special segments but fortunately something turns up and this month it’s………………...We also seem to have gained the plot tonight regarding the amount of tunes I have with me as I am back to 10 (instead of the usual 17) cases and two sevens boxes. The competitions the last few months proved very popular and will now become a regular feature of the night, except I shall have to make the questions a little harder.

Tonight is your evening as much as mine and I am more than happy to play the sort of music you would like to hear if it fits within the broad spectrum of what I am trying to achieve. So get chatting you really could inspire the tunes or the direction this trip takes. If I do not have the tunes or artists with me I will always make the effort to play them the following month. The best way however is to e-mail me via the before the session, and as a result of that I have some tunes already requested by customers in the shop who hope to be here tonight. I am also expecting a lot of “old” faces who are making this session a regular date. Also feel free to link up with me on Facebook, either via my own page/the afroba group or the trip group.

The TRIP morphed out of a Tuesday session which had been running for the previous eighteen months but which concentrated on a jazz bedrock. The move to a Saturday meant that that the music policy was expanded to fit a weekend situation and incorporated slightly better known music. I also suppose some of the evening will be taken up by some more of the "tunes of my years" as I still have many more to play from my last 51 years of vinyl collecting/playing out. Feel free to ask about any you like, and of course the website will have the full listing up in a few days. I am playing off my original copies so every so often their age will show.

My own musical background divides into at least five "spans". The first selection embraces pre 1964 music when I was learning about the history of jazz/black music and tempering it with popular music of the day and film soundtracks. The second period covers my "discotheque" years from 1964 to 1969, when I got involved in this record-playing lark, in a club environment. Period three takes in the 70's, my first mobile disco period when Disco ruled. Then on to my cop out period in the 80's when I "sold out" and got involved with Weddings, Celebrations, School Discos etc. and played far too much top 40. This period however did not extinguish my love of jazz, hip-hop, early house and techno, which I continued to collect but did not play out with so much. Period 5 from 1990 to date embraces my fondness for early Drum and Bass, Techno, Mo-wax, Coldcut, sampling, etc., and when I finally killed off the mobile caper and dropped back in the club-scene here, right back to square one. I would also like to thank the other dj’s who continue to amaze me with their sheer musical taste and expose me each time we play together to tunes I had just plain forgotten or never knew in the first place. Never think you know it all, you never will, and I certainly won’t as I head towards the great flight case in the sky!

THE NEXT TRIP SESSION IS ON SATURDAY ……………………with Tracks and Grooves with the Mighty AC, on THURSDAY………………………….

Thanks for reading this, and have an enjoyable evening, and a great eleven, also thanks for choosing the afroba. You discovered it, and us, and its just between you, me, the other dj's, and the brilliant bar staff. As usual feel free to pop over for a chat during the evening but apologies if I am not too chatty when the session is over, as the one thing that made me give up the mobile is still haunting me, having to pack up and get it out of here ahead of the bar staff tidying up!

Thanks again-bcnu"Jazzy"JIM, YOUR TRIP RECORD PLAYER. (DJ Baby Boomer!)

the trip@theafroba is inspired by Herbie Hancock/Miles Davis, musical geni.

No Room For Squares 08/02/2008

The PLAYLIST.NO ROOM FOR SQUARES (FROM 6.30-12.00), jazzorisitreally, on vintage vinyl, session 50, 8/02/08, afroba.
Well I blame it on Gilles Peterson. Since moving what was originally a jazz only session in the week to a Friday I have constantly bored you with the move away musically from jazz proper to “ jazz, classic disco and hip hop”. I also had an idea called “Spaced Out” for another night which would be a Friday evening more orientated to an “up for it crowd”, which would feature classic quality disco, which seems to be the direction this evening is moving to. So the “listen” jazz evening would move to a more “groove’ orientated session. Back to Gilles. With his recent release of a classic disco cd,, and if its good enough for him, the time seemed right to shift the evening towards that genre. Obviously if the bar had not been so rammed then I might just have got more jazz in, but even towards the end when it usually is less full on this occasion it stayed rammed and I kept the music “up’, to the extent that my normally reliable 1,000 watt amp could not cope and I had to finish about ten minutes early! The original plan was to play lots more Valentines night tunes which really didn’t happen, but I did slip in a lot of waxpoetics radio show tunes, as well as plenty of requests. Apologies to those who saw some Erykah Badu on my previous playlists and wanted some more, but I just did not have any with me( I did have 10 record boxes with me but she just got left back at base). Also if you do not know by now check www. to see why the Peterson connection is stronger than usual! So as my newsletter stated, “gilles peterson may be in the house, but jim is upstairs at the afroba, with quite a lot of music that is not jazz, but if its good enough for gp!” Finally so nice to see so many faces, you know who you are…
PS. I have just broken my own record for the amount of time spent playing out in a single club/bar, as I have now passed the 24 day continuous timescale across 191 sessions, beating my previous record from the 60’s, thanks.
HORACE SILVER…SONG FOR MY FATHER, 1963, he’s just released a fifty year old session, and you need to come early now to hear some proper jazz!
EUGENE Mc DANIELS…LOVIN’ MAN, 1971, thanks to the waxpoetics radio show for dropping this corker.
VINCE GUARALDI/BOLA SETE…CASABA, MID 60’S, latin tinged flowing bossa.
ALEXANDRO JODOROWSKY…FLUTE IN A QUARRY, 1971, from cult film el topo and a program (first Friday at the afroba) jazz fave.
McCOY TYNER…HORIZONS, 1980, proof that you should not be too “datist”( ie crap jazz in the 80’s) with some jazz, as this one sounds timeless and one of my tunes of the night.
MILES DAVIS…TIME AFTER TIME, 1985, from the man who inspires the evening, off his only extended 12”, and the first of a few valentiners.
TERRY CALLIER…LOVE THEME FROM SPARTACUS,1998, 4heromix and another valentiner.
ATTICA BLUES…THE SEASON, 1999, charlie dark remix, and a gilles classic from more modern times.
OMAR…THERES NOTHING LIKE THIS, 1990, early issue on gilles label talking loud.
SILENT POETS…MOMENT SCALE, 1995, ibiza classic downbeater.
LOWRELL…MELLOW MELLOW, 1979, major sample and creeping into classic disco territory.
BILL WITHERS…USE ME, 1973, live version and the first of several requests.
JANICE JOPLIN…TO LOVE SOMEBODY, 1969, another request, a bee-gees tune but better and valentiny.
Then a bit of a departure because I felt like having a chat I put on a CD!, no this will not set a trend but it was one of gilles from his world wide comp., RAW DEAL…SNAKE CHARMER/GOTAN PROJECT…EL CAPITALISIMO FORNIER/ROY AYERS…WE LIVE IN BROOKLYN/JILL SCOTT…SLOWLY SURELY/.EDWIN STARR…EASIN’ IN/GEORGE BENSON WITH MAW…THE GHETTO…
NICK DRAKE...BRYTER LATER, 1971, folk with a funk jazz feeling from an icon of british music.
TIM BUCKLEY...STRANGE FEELING, LATE 60’S, and an american with the same feel as nick with a miles davis chord structure.
LOVE…ALONE AGAIN OR, 1968, requested and why not?
BABE RUTH…THE MEXICAN, 1972, little bit more rock with a small “r’, and sampleurs delite.
MINNIE RIPPERTON…REASONS, 1974, never miss playing a minnie track, from her lp with stevie wonder.
SAMUEL JONATHON JOHNSON…MY MUSIC, 1978, thanks waxpoetics radio show for tippin’ me back on this classic twelve, magic.
ROSKO…DESIDERATA, EARLY 70’S, usa dj with an early rapper and very valentiny.
EDDIE PALMIERI…HARLEM RIVER DRIVE, EARLY 70’S, droppin’ this great one a lot lately.
McCOY TYNER…CONTEMPLATION, 1967, blue noter original, that I have been playing in a version by ronnie scott, and sold my shop copy the day after!
4HERO…BLACK GOLD OF THE SUN, 1997, never off the playlist. CARL CRAIG…AT LES, 1993, detroit techno jazz of the highest calibre.
CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA…CHANNEL1 SUITE, 1999, another never off the playlist.
SPACEK…EVE, 2000, j.dilla mix, and its two years since we lost him, so nuff’ tunes of his at the next trip on saturday feb. 23rd.
CAVEMAN…I’M READY, 1991, brithiphop at its best, thanks waxpoeticsradio for this hendrix sampled classic.
SAMBA SOUL…MAMBO NO. 5, 1977, one of the lesser known sampled greats off usa twelve, again thanks wp radio.
KEITH MANSFIELD…GRANDSTAND, 1979, we were playing this a lot and then they cancelled the show.
HAWKSHAW…GRANGE HILL, 1979, and spooky the same with this one, soon to be cancelled tv show.
QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA…GET A MOVE ON, 1994, their tribute to the scruffmeister.
ERNIE K DOE…HERE COME THE GIRLS, EARLY 70’S, one off the tv for the ladeees.
HANDSOME BOY MODELLING SCHOOL…THE TRUTH, 1999, since I played this I have got a copy of the original sample, coming up soon.
JOHNNY PATE…SHAFT IN AFRICA, 1973, classic breaker tune and another from wp radio.
BERNARD PURDIE…SHAFT, 1972, THE skinsmeister, with his superior version of the film theme.
WILLIE HUTCH…BROTHERS GONNA WORK IT OUT, 1973, finally got around to playing one from gilles new vinyl/ cd.
CARE PACKAGE…VEHICLE, 1970, waxpoetics played the ides of march original so I gave this great instrumental a try and boy did it sound great.
MF DOOM…ONE BEER, 2004, need to play some more tracks off this great double lp.
JURASSIC 5…CONCRETE SCHOOLYARD, 1998, props to the guy who came over and said what is thisss!!
OMAR AGAIN requested, CAPTAIN AND TENILLE…SONG FOR MY FATHER, 1980, amazing big band version of the tunes I started with, with sleeve photos that caused a few laughs.
LEONARD COHEN!!!!…JAZZ POLICE, 1993, yep old mr. misery in uptempo mode and sounding like ian dury.
BROTHERS JOHNSON…STRAWBERRY LETTER 23, 1977, another sampled classic from wp radio.
MASTERS AT WORK…TRIBUTE TO FELA KUTI, 1999, superb afro jazz houser.
JOE GIBBS…OH GIRL, 1982, then launched into some classic reggae starting with this iconic producer.
AFRICAN REVOLUTION…BALLROOM ROCK, 1981, another great off import twelve, dubtastic!
RICO…EASY SNAPPIN’, 1981, old clue j tune from the 60’s gets a mod revival makeover.
KEITH MANSFIELD…SOUL THING, 1968, library heaven and mucho sampled.
MYSTIC MOODS ORCHESTRA…COSMIC SEA, 1973, another samplers delight off an audio fidelity pressing.
METERS…LOOK A PY PY, EARLY 70’S, and yet more from the sample city box.
ROOTS MANUVA…DREAMY DAYS, 1999, nearly forgot again the rootsmeister.
NINA SIMONE…A’INT GOT NO, 1968, no idea why I played this but it sounded wicked, and I had been neglecting my sevens box.
KELIS…CAUGHT OUT THERE, 1999, starts with a reference to valentines day so very fitting.
PAM TODD AND THE GOLD BULLION BAND…BLAISE MOI (KISS ME), 1978,. Slightly obscure usa twelve with a great lyric for valentines, stonkin’ disco beat.
HERBIE HANCOCK…WATERMELLON MAN, 1962, had to get some jazz in and this blue note groover fitted the bill.
ANGELA BOFILL…PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND, 1979, final one off gilles comp.
WAR…ME AND MY BABY BROTHER, 1973, started to loose the amp during this one apologies therefore for a rather abrupt finish, which was GRANGE HILL again and PETER COOK and DUDLEY MOORE …GOODBYEE.. JIM.