For a band reportedly named after a character conceived in the ticket queue of Fenchurch Street railway station in the cult classic ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’, the swift arrival of Fenchurch 3io on the London jazz scene has been no less startling. The groundwork was initially laid back in February 2012 when pianist Clem Rooney asked drummer Chris Draper if he could recommend a bass player for a track Clem was working on. Chris put forward Moyses Dos Santos and the rest, as they say, is history. During the recording of that first composition in Chris’ studio, the trio ended up laying down a number of other grooves and as chance would have it (and after three months of intensive writing!), they were soon invited to bless the stage of West London’s finest Jazz re:freshed. Not ones for an understated approach, that gig featured an all-star cast of talent including Heidi Vogel, Cecilia Stalin, Chima Anya, Tom Hill
As we’re now nearly 30 days into the start of 2013, we thought there would be no better time to launch a new feature on the website where we dig a little deeper into the new jazz releases making the rounds each month. As we put together our annual 2012 Jazz Retrospective mixtapes, we realised just how much great new music is still being released across the jazz spectrum but often, except for the odd review here or there, we tend to only mention it in passing over on our Facebook page. Below is our initial attempt at rectifying this situation, as we present the first in what we’ve affectionately dubbed ‘The Record Pool’. This month, we pick three releases – two previously unreleased reissues and a Blue Note Records début – that are more than worthy of a portion of your January pay packet! Let us know what you think… ———-
A little late this week, but please let us present number 89 in our Jazz Meet mixtape series. This week, we dig in the archives to rediscover this beautiful jazz mix from long time friend of The Jazz Meet and Here And Now Recordings record boss, Mr John Cunningham AKA JC.
Recorded just over a week ago as Jessica Lauren put together a special Jazz Meet house band and to kick off our 2013 calendar at Floripa on Sunday 13th January. Here the ensemble rip through a brilliant interpretation of Pépé Bradock celebrated deep house classic ‘Deep Burnt’ before effortlessly shifting into the tune that it sampled, Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’ (just listen to those strings!). With thanks to Colin Brown for the footage. Jessica Lauren – Keys Dave Orchant – Trumpet Jason Simpson – Double Bass Sophie Alloway – Drums Mark Townson – Percussion You can catch more of our periodic live clips here on our YouTube channel.
Number 88 in our series of jazz mixtapes is upon us and it’s supplied by Belgian DJ, radio host and record collector Dubbel Dee whose popular Mo’ Jazz mixes on Mixcloud should be a staple of any jazz lover’s daily diet. Here he cooks up a heady stew of self-proclaimed ‘horny jazz’ which should more than set you up for the day ahead. First up we have one of the tightest grooves ever to grace the Blue Note catalogue with Donald Byrd’s ‘The Dude’, before a little Tribe pressure is expertly segued into proceedings with Marcus Belgrave’s funky ‘Marcia’s Opal’. Elsewhere you’ll find killer contributions from the likes of classic era statesmen John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis, Roland Kirk and Chet Baker, as well as one of the more lovelier spaced out tracks of the 70s courtesy of Eddie Henderson (Inside You) and some cool fusion from the Nat