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Middle Aged Album Imminent!

 

 2011-06-10 13:27:05


July 5 2011. Billy Jenkins turns 55. What could be more appropriate than a retro 'Fifties late night jazz album - a celebration of that thing called jazz - another cliché in the land we call jazz. NO! STOP! We don't want no more of that groovy dinner jazzy lounge piano soft-focus wide screen smooth talking tasteful jazz thang. Man, jazz gives me the blues! Jazz is the blues. Blues is the new jazz.

Billy takes these old jazz standards and does unmentionable things to them, lyrically and musically metamorphosing them into something new and strange - reinterpreting the hackneyed old images, injecting anger where anger never was, blueing the jazz. The guitar, that guitar, still strikes like lightning, illuminating as it incinerates, but the emphasis here is on mood - a fifties late night mood for a fifty-somethin' guitarist.

Recorded and produced by Charlie Hart in one take real time, the album features:

Billy Jenkins – electric guitar, voice, harmonica
Finn Peters - alto saxophone & flute
Jim Watson – NORD organ
Mike Pickering – drum kit

The album is called 'Jazz Gives Me The Blues'on VOTP Records (VOTP VOCD 116) and you can pre-order soon by spanking the artist CD page!


 

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