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Blues al Fresco

Artist: Billy Jenkins

Date of Release: 01/01/2004

Catalogue no: Expresso 001

Label: Expresso

Price: £9.99

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

The Duke And Me

2

 

I'm Happy

3

 

This Is A Day To Forget

4

 

White Van Man

5

 

I'm Staying In The Car

6

 

There Is No Lord Up There

7

 

Thaddeus' bass solo

8

 

Jazz Had A Baby (and they called in avant garde..)

 

 

 

 

Billy 'BLUES AL FRESCO' Billy Jenkins, London's Blues guitarist extraordinaire has been videoed! Yes indeed. Singing and playing his very own brand of dark suburban, poignantly observed, Bluesy tunes, Billy Jenkins with The Blues Collective have been captured in all their live glory in front of an appreciative home crowd. It's summer in Central London. It's lunchtime. It's a free gig! Sandwiches and coffees for the audience! Bananas for the band?! With his pleasantly skewed view of life's trials and tribulations and a lifetime's stagecraft, Billy delivers a Tour de Force performance with equal measures of tickling and stabbing for the audience, the band and his guitar. In contrast to Billy's antics, The Collective work a well-honed ruse of dead-pan stage presence while they get on with very tight ensemble back-up playing. Philip Vallentin, long time UK resident of Canadian extraction and Director and Producer of animated films thought it was high time that Billy and the band were captured on video for the world's viewing pleasure. After dismissing many venues as unsuitable, both Billy and Philip thought that the 'Al Fresco' nature of this fixture would be the perfect occasion to see Billy tell it like it is, and to capture that vital element that makes a gig what it is - the audience.

Billy Jenkins sings, shouts plays guitar & harmonica with Dylan Bates (violin) Richard Bolton (guitar) Thaddeus Kelly (bass) Mike Pickering (drumkit)

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Reviews

 

01/01/2006 Mike Flynn / Jazzwise Magazine

'Not for the faint hearted, or those suffering a humour bypass, Jenkins' very British take on the blues is never boring, full of unabashed playing, rich lyrical irreverence: overall, hugely entertaining.'

 

02/02/2005 John L. Walters / The Guardian

'Catches the band at their chaotic, deadpan best. Touches the heart, the funny bone and the soul in equal measure.'

 

01/01/2005 Cedric Porter / South London Press

'The Blues never felt so good.'

 

01/01/2004 John Fordham / The Guardian

'Satirical, savage, hilarious and terrifying...'

 

01/01/2004 Rob Adams / Glasgow Herald

'The wayward master of the woebegone.'

 

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