When someone starts an email with the words ‘unreleased Stanton Davis‘ we tend to sit up and notice, so for mixtape #92 may we present to you DJ Deano Sounds, label boss of Cultures of Soul Records and a serious collector of vinyl. Here he supplies us with just over an hour’s worth of deep and spiritual jazz, dipping into his record box to pull out some of the rarer bits in his collection while sandwiching the session with two previously unheard tracks from the Massachusetts flugelhorn player, who released the seminal jazz funk masterpiece ‘Brighter Days’ (comped by Soul Jazz, reissued by Cultures of Soul) back in 1977. There’s plenty of music to peak your interest here whether it’s the somewhat scarce Doug Hammond outing away from Tribe, or the Charles Tyner selection which hasn’t been seen properly on vinyl since the 1990s. There’s also the soul jazz heavyweight
So our March 2013 live programme at Floripa is just around the corner, and kicking things off for us on the 3rd will be the dynamic jazz threesome otherwise known as ‘Our Little Trio’. Led by drummer Roy Pfeffer and incorporating the talented duo of Bill Mudge on piano and Ben Bastin on double bass, the trio have been making waves at their weekly Friday night Troyganic session in Shoreditch ever since its initial launch early last year. With a repertoire that includes both original compositions and fresh takes on standards spanning the entire jazz cannon, this Sunday we are more than excited to welcome the group to the Floripa stage for the first time. Ahead of the gig, we caught up briefly with Roy to see if he could give us a quick lowdown on the origins of the band, what to expect on Sunday and give us a little
For those of you who have passed through The Jazz Meet on any given weekend, you will no doubt know that Jessica Lauren is a very talented lady. Since scoring her first record deal with London’s influential Soul Jazz Records back in the 1990s, Jessica has been a constant fixture on the underground London music scene. earning her stripes playing with the likes of Jean Carne, Tom Browne, Dexter Wansel and James Mason. Over the years, she’s also lent her considerable talents to an assortment of productions from producers as diverse as Joey Negro, Alex Attias, United Future Organisation, Scrimshire and Kay Suzuki to name but a few. Aside from her regular appearances at Floripa holding down the keyboard chair in The Jazz Meet Band, she is also a core member of Nick Woodmansey’s Emanative collective, who after wowing Dingwalls back in the summer, are gearing up for another big release with their latest single ‘Love In Outer Space’, a futuristic
So reports reached all of us just over a week or so ago that Donald Byrd, one of the most revered trumpet players of our times had passed Monday 4th February. With a career that spanned several decades and many genres of jazz, everyone it seems has their favourite part of Dr. Byrd’s long career, whether it be his early forays into bebop and hard bop, his soul jazz and gospel inflected recordings of the late 60s or the fusion and R&B albums he created during the 70s and 80s. His music has also been well sampled, his fruitful work with the Mizell Brothers, which started out in 1973 with the album ‘Black Byrd’, proving especially popular in hip-hop, soul and house music circles. Frannie Kelley at NPR Jazz and Straight No Chaser’s Paul Bradshaw were but two journalists to pen brilliant tributes once his death was finally confirmed, both of which are
Resident Rob Coley returns to the Jazz Meet turntables for his first mix of 2013, bringing with him a stack of newness on the jazz front to please your ears over 54 minutes of assorted flavours.