Monday, 16 November 2009

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Fro-Disia Mix Nov 2009

Latest mix available either to download or listen on the player below. As usual for me I like to mix up some Jazz, Nujazz Funk,Latin and a bit of Boogie in one big mix which all seem to fit well together. No fancy mixing techniques just let the music speak for itself and get you to dance.All comments welcomed of course and if you`d like to come and dance to this stuff then check out 2 posts below re `Freestylin` and the Hilton Dance Jazz Session.

1        The Sahib Shihab Quintet - `Seeds`. Re-mastered and re- released in 2009 is this version of this icon 60`s jazz track and used to great effect as the basis of Gerardo Frisina`s `African Seeds` a few years ago.
2        Papik - `Staying For Good This Time`. Ft the great vocals of Alan Scaffardi and from the Irma compilation series Sister Bossa Vol 9 or Papik`s new album `Rhythm Of Life` 2009.
3        Milano Jazz Dance Combo - `Broken Rose`.2009. Without doubt one of the best dance jazz albums this year (or any year for that matter), from the Italian Record Kicks label. This album has several great tracks to choose from this track features the wonderful bluesy voice of Roxie Ray.
4        Flat Three - `Rose En Blue` 2009.(World Standard Alternative Take) Taken from the Sunaga Tatsuo compilation Worlds Standard vol 8 on Japan’s Flower Records. Seems in vogue to remix tracks by Flat Three.
5        Gagle – `Eastern Voyage` 2008. From Nik Weston`s great forward thinking Mukatsuku Records label and here DJ Mitsu uses a sample of Freddie Hubbards `Gibraltar` to great effect. Love it. (Cheers Nik)
6        The Bas Lexter Ensemble - `The Champions` 2008.Another track to use a quality sample and this time it`s another Freddie Hubbard tune. Harp player Dorothy Ashby`s version of `Little Sunflower` is the source on this occasion so I believe. ?disagree?...answers on a postcard to (kidding ..Honest).
7        Kei Kobayashi presents Umar Bin Hassan - `Labor To Endeavor` 2001.( we`ll overlook the poor spelling of the title, one is British after all,…anyone for tiffin ?) - I know I cant spwell for toffee-  from the original Japanese `Routine` compilation series. Other than I like this track I can`t say much as I can!t speak Japanese. Should learn really –  how hard can it be for a lad from Lancashire ???
8        Triple X Large - `Calmero 68` from Latina CafĂ© vol 2.
9        Elsie Ianchi - `Happy Little Sunbeam` 2009. From Acid Jazz 144.  (Oh Yeah)
10    Badboe – `Loose Your Funky Self` 2009. Funk time kids - shake your pants to this. Another great album for 2009, Badboe`s `Break The Funk`.Quality stuff and again more than one track to choose from for the dance floor.
11    James Brown - `Superbad` 2009. Staying with the funk from `the Master` himself  ...this track is from the James Brown Re-grooved album this time remixed by Slyplayers. Seriously funky stuff.
12    Club de Belugas - `Wildcats Gotta Move`. Ft the great and much in vogue vocals of Brenda Boykin. Another great vocal groove track from Club De` and Miss Boykin.
13    Beatconductor – `Senor Blues` 2009. Nice nu jazz take on the Horace Silver classic.
14    Dalindeo - `Go Ahead Float` 2006.Ricky Tick Records. Finland. Cool then and still is today
15    Milano Jazz Dance Combo – `Changes`2009. ft the vocals of Colonel red. Can`t say enough how good this album is ….just buy it.
16    Joyce - `Aldei de Ogum` Brazilian classic track….nuff said.
17    Tim Hutton - Colours (Freeform Five Mix). Fave of mine for ages.

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Monday, 9 November 2009


Well Mr Curtis and I have talked about getting a gig going in Manchester as the city hold a lot of history for Colin`s Dj`n. He is well know for many Soul, Jazz and House venues in the UK but especially in Manchester for his dance jazz sessions at the Berlin and Rafters. So I`m chuffed to announce he has organised this....

I really cant wait for this. 7 hours of open minded  Jazz , Nujazz & Soul vibes from Colin Curtis, Roger Williams and yours truly. Coupled with Baz Maleedy`s fantastic`wall of sound` system and all for a fiver on the door it`s gonna be a cracker. 
Two great guys that attend the Hilton Luxury Soul Weekenders and are great dance jazz fans are my freinds Ray and Andy. Ray has for many years been part of Perry Louis` Jazzcotech dance troup and has performed not only at London`s jazz cafe but also in Europe and Japan. Mark n Ray decided to show their stuff and here`s the result. The tune is the classic Patsy Gallant `Te Caliente`.

more Ray n Andy

Recently recieved info to confirmed The Fro-Disia dance jazz session will once again play an integral part of  the Blaclpool Luxury Soul Weekender , January 8th - 10th 2010, on it`s usual Saturday afternnoon spot. Featuring Colin Curtis, Mark Grice, Baz Maleedy and yours truly playing dance jazz classics up to the latest nujazz tunes aimed straight for the dance floor. This session receives great support and is not to be missed. This is the best weekender in the UK without doubt and features the cream of UK DJ`s in a wonderful hotel setting. Added to that Chapter 8 appearing live on stage on the Saturday night and you have another cracking weekend. What more do you want.

‘Out to Lunch’ celebrated its ninth anniversary earlier this year and it is still probably the best kept secret in the Midlands …. voted best jazz dance session in the world, by Straight No Chaser magazine ……. great venue, great crowd, brilliant dancers, great tunes!

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’