So as December draws to a close, let’s get a little festive! At this time of year, in between bouts of frantic shopping, the mood always seems to lend itself to more reflective and calming influences, and on this front, this little selection from our good friend Tom Greig certainly delivers. In Tom’s own words, the mix ‘was devised for listening to when going back home to stay with my family in the countryside, over the Christmas period, and having something that would fit the mood. So there is some deep jazz here and also some jazz with a religious and contemplative feel – without ever being overtly “Christmassy”‘. An 80 minute compilation for the long, dark, cosy winter nights, when he passed it to us a few months back it only seemed right that we brought to a close this year’s regular mixtape series with this beautiful effort. We hope you
A tad late this week but when we bless you with another mix from Black Classical, we hope you can forgive us. Yes, right in time for our 2nd Birthday party at Floripa this coming Sunday, the man from Manchester (and by far one of our favourite selectors) dropped us this hour-long mix of heavyweight spiritual gears, and as ever he doesn’t disappoint. Kicking off with a beautifully soulful cut from The Worlds Experience, he takes us on a little journey through some of his latest finds, taking in some Hadley Caliman and Mtume, a few European bits from Heinz von Moisy and Milcho Leview and some Middle Eastern promise from Nick Ayoub. An absolutely killer version of the late Dave Brubeck classic ‘Take Five’ from Minoru Muraoka follows before the swinging ‘Tell’s Shot’ from the Swiss Jazz Quintet and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre’s ‘Jays’ (taken from the Wildflowers: New York Loft
If there’s one person that personifies the eclectic and entrepreneurial spirit of London’s underground club scene, it’s (deep breath) Wah Wah 45s label boss, DJ, promoter, radio host and music journalist Dom Servini. Having started DJing alongside the legendary Snowboy back in Brighton in the 90’s, he’s accumulated a string of residencies, parties and worldwide venue appearances under his belt since, including his monthly Wah Wah 45s get togethers at Floripa and regular appearances across London at places such as The Big Chill Bar, Vibe Bar and The Jazz Cafe. Our man Dom is a party-starter in the truest sense of the word. So of course when he agreed to appear at The Jazz Meet this Sunday, as part of our 2nd Birthday celebrations, you could say we were ‘over the moon’! Of course, for those of you who know the deeper history of our event, you will also understand how much of an
Lance Ferguson talks spiritual jazz, Roy Ayers and recording the album ‘They Shall Inherit’ from his brand new Menagerie project.
If you’ve followed us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ this week, you’ve probably already come across this FREE EP. For the rest of you, let’s do a brief recap. Scrimshire is a talented London-based musician and producer who spends most of his time writing soulful, often jazz tinged, music. Late last year, he followed up his début album, ‘Along Came The Devil One Night…’, with the eagerly anticipated (and well received) follow-up ‘The Hollow’ on the ever reliable Wah Wah 45s record label. Strongly supported by such purveyors of good taste as Gilles Peterson, Fun Lovin Criminal Huey Morgan, Phil Levene and Simon Harrison, the album featured Jazz Meet favourites Jessica Lauren and Heidi Vogel, and was a masterclass on how to produce an intricate and thoroughly enjoyable album.This week, as he set his sights on completing his third longplayer, scheduled for release in Summer 2013, he let loose this