Thursday, 10 December 2009
The music went from soul to jazz to soul ...and the reaction was excellent. brand new Nujazz, Latin, contempary Soul spaced with some not to often heard music from the past. Old jazzers discovering the nu stuff and soulies groovin on the jazz.What a refreshing change.All this in Manchester city center and.......on a Sunday.
some comments from those who attended fromthe essentialmodernsoul forum
....this is by far and away the best and most gorgeous venue I've ever had the privilege to visit .. if ever there was the perfect ,perfect venue then this has to be it ..amazing..
Musically totally spot on for me great array of brilliant contemporary soul and jazz goodness and I got to hear and dance to Joe amongst all dancey vibes as well
( made my night )..massive respect to all concerned ..I can't remember the last time I was this excited about going anywhere..just as good as this thing gets.
......congratulations to all involved. Had a great night and heard choonage you just don`t hear enough of.
Fantastic venue and a really good turnout for a first night. Keep us posted for the next one.
.....Freestylin thats whats it all about with DJs playing tunes,that we know they can play and they DID
The Venue was smooth,
The crowd was TOP NOTCH (good to see other djs supporting as well)
The vibe was 100% plus
Well done to all and great to see the support of Music lovers
.....and well done to all involved in Freestylin'.
....OMG what a venue!!! It was wonderful to see everyones faces as they walked through the door and to all say the same thing 'wow' - pure quality. What a find.
It was a great first night, thought the mix of the music was spot on. Did at first only intend on staying till around 10.00 due to work and getting a lift home but party people that we are stayed till near the end. CLASS.
There was some fantastic foot movement going on, pleasure to watch and how about all those DJ's in attendance Mr 'taking care of business' himself and boy can he dance. He loved the Joe track as did all the dancefloor.
This night is a definite must, it's different from all other nights in Manchester. It's going to be HUGE. Be warned.
Thanks guys - look forward to the next one - any ideas
.....WOW what a Fantastic first night for Freestylin'
Sometimes everything just feels right about a night.
Great Music, Great Company and the venue is to die for (How good is it gonna be on a warm summers evening).
Well done to all concerned for a perfect way to end the weekend, Especially Colin & Jan for putting this on & of course to Colin, Roger & Tony for making the Vibe just right.
Never seen so many off duty DJ's enjoying a night like we did last night.
The big question is now When are we doin' it again?
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Based at the Snug Lounge on Houndsgate in Nottingham city centre since December 2008, it’s business as usual. The flyer, which cleverly makes use of some iconic Blue Note artwork describes the session as ‘for dancers, eavesdroppers and non-conformists’. It is … Jazz Dance, Hard Bop, Afro Cuban and Latin sounds, predominantly at 100mph.
The session runs from 5.00pm ‘til 9.00pm and it’s £3.00 on the door. The session attracts some of the UK’s finest jazz dancers, like Perry and Rocky, who have a tune named in their honour, which reflects their status on the jazz-dance scene.
The Snug Lounge is a smallish cellar bar that attracts around 50 every month, with about 80% being spectators, because the dance floor is a spectacle. The atmosphere is always friendly and welcoming and a lot of that is down to the DJ/Promoter ‘Killer Jim’. Jim is one of the nicest fellas you’re likely to meet and proper knowledgeable when it comes to jazz tunes, he’s also very helpful, if like me you’re a vinyl buyer forever searching for those elusive tracks. Jim also hosts a regular radio show called Jazz Bizness on Sunday nights, from 11pm ‘til 1am, on Kemet Radio 97.5FM
For me the ‘Out at Lunch’ session is a ‘never miss’ because
a it’s the only place I come away from, with tunes scribbled all over flyers … leading to hours of intensive searching …. some tracks proving either more elusive than others or just out of my price range.
b it really is a friendly welcoming atmosphere
c there’s usually a little record stall set up every month, so I get to buy more of those big black round things.
d the music is superb’ although not for the faint hearted i.e. not many concessions to the new jazz sounds. It’s as described on the flyer…100mph and it is!
e this once a month get together of like minded folk is perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening.
I’ve had the pleasure of DJing twice now at Out To Lunch and Tony asked me to put together a mix
of typical ‘out to lunch’ tunes … so here it is …. a section from my first guest spot at Dogma
(a previous venue) and it’s recorded in the order that I played it, I’ve also included the artwork for the CD … hope you enjoy it.
Listen & Download `Out To Lunch` Mix
Next session is Sunday 8th November with guest Nick Hosier, it’s a ‘be there or be square situation’
Monday, 5 October 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
01. Family Tree feat. Vanessa Freeman
02. Shack Up
03. Couldn't Get It Right
04. Space Funk
05. If You Want Me To Stay feat. Hamish Stuart
06. Street Player feat. Talc
07. Rock Creek Park
08. Lady Day & John Coltrane
09. Fly Like An Eagle feat. Matt Mcnaughton
10. Cola Bottle Baby
11. The Mexican feat. Katie Holmes
Freestyle Records & sound samples
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Milano Jazz-Dance Combo - out october 12th, 2009 on Record Kicks
(CD/LP/Digital) Record Kicks RKX027, 2009-10-12
01. Much More feat. Colonel Red
02. Don't Cry feat. Dionne Charles
03. Feelin Good feat. Katherine Ruestow
04. Just In Time feat. Alice Ricciardi
05. Sam Blues
06. Goodbye feat. Felix
07. Broken Rose feat. Roxie Ray
09. Please Don't Go feat. Katherine Ruestow
10. Turn Up The Heat
11. Sweet Love feat. Dionne Charles
12. Beat Under My Skin feat. Roxie Ray
13. Changes feat. Colonel Red
Link To Samples On Myspace
Friday, 18 September 2009
I heard the samples of this album on Juno and couldn`t wait to get my mitts on it. A small combo of four players with a full heavy Latin beat sound. Cesar Granados is the Percussionist (Congas), that pulls it all together and joining him is Halo Von Hadeln on drums, Jerker Kluge on bass & Jo Junghanss on piano. They have chosen some classic Latin tunes to interpetate from artists as Mongo Santamaria , Marcos Valle, Kenny Dorham etc. Dorham`s `Afrodisia` has always been a fave of mine, hence the name Fro-Disia, and this is an good version with some great congas. Other highligts are `Manteca` (which I first heard done by Dizzy Gillespie), and probably the most easily recognised tune being their version of Valle`s `Batucada Surgiu`, more commonly assocoated as the Sergio Mendes track `Batucada`. No singing on any of these tracks so you have been warned. In the rightplace these tracks could go down well with a more traditional Dance Jazz crowd. Worth the pennies.
Monday, 14 September 2009
link to Band On The Wall
this mix was put together for 2 reasons, to celebrate the launch of mark cotgrove’s (snowboy to you and me) new book on the uk underground jazz dance scene between the 70’s and early 90’s’ - ‘from jazz funk & fusion to acid jazz’ in the book he pays tribute to artists, dj’s and dancers. heavily featured is the influential dj, colin curtis. since he started dj’n in the 60’s colin has stepped easily between northern soul, modern soul, jazz, jazz funk and soulful house. his knowledge on music is awesome to say the least. i have the pleasure to call him my friend. the second reason therefore is to provide a sample of the jazz he was playing at the time and you may then understand what a great time we had attending venues such as blackpool mecca, the ritz all dayers (manchester), rafters (manchester), and the berlin (manchester), plus others. he still djs up and down the country at soul venues and including with us at any fro-disia session. we hope you enjoy it. all comments will be passed on to colin - teecee
01 rare silk - new york afternoon
02 reverie - in every way
03 eddie jefferson - jeaninne
04 duke pearson - stormy
05 quartette tres bien - boss tres bien
06 jackie & roy - dont be blue
07 raices - parata gua gua
08 flora purim - casa forte
09 airto - toque de cuica
10 jon lucien - listen love
11 tobe - samba for heino r
12 jon hendricks - i bet you thought i’d never find you
13 joanne grauer - see you later
14 victor feldman - skippin
15 mike campbell - and it all goes round…
16 jimmy cobb - so that nobody else can hear
Doctor Jazz Universal Remedy - vixen
Timo Lassy - the more I look at you
The Quiet Orchestra - Helsinki (Nils Krogh mix)
Lorenzo Tucci - sky
Roy Ayers/Bah Samba - positive vibe
Adani & Wolf - take my hand
The Muthafunkas - galaxy
Valique - trouble girl (Basement Freaks mix)
Flat Three - sesso brillante (Mooon remix)
Ida Yashushi - a certain peace
Los Amigos Invisibles - mambo chimbo
Nicola Conte/ Gianaluca Petrella - new standard
The Five Corners Quintet
Santucci Sccopa - walking fast
Eliane Elias - kissed by nature.
The Five Corners Quintet feature twice on this mix. Their great track `blueprint` and from their very own Timo Lassy `the more I look at you` featuring the vocals of Jose James. Some quite heavy dance floor funk tracks in the middle to add to the mix of styles. The fave track for me being Flat Three `sesso brillante` the Mooon remix (not a spelling mistake). Great in the bands original version but this is an excellent remix. First heard on a difficult to get Japanese compilation album Jazz Floor Japanese Club Jazz For Real People, but now available on a 12".
Fro-Disia mix Link
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Hope you enjoy it. all comment welcome.