Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

40 years ago, hip hop was born in a house party in the Bronx by a Jamaican with a monster sounds system.

20 years ago today, this very day, strange noises were emanating from a small basement bar in Wolverhampton. I can’t believe it was THAT long ago. From a small night in the West Midlands to a regular fixture in people’s calendar from all over.

Tim, the Original Gang of 4 kind of made history; we all did.

Started as an idea during the Acid Jazz thing in the 90’s, but providing an alternative, expanding vision to that trend.

20 Years Ago Today: Stump Juice (5-11-93 Pt 1) by Alph on Mixcloud

I struggled to find a way to mark this occasion. No recording exists of that night, unfortunately – it was fantastic.

I did find a recording, the earliest I could f ind, made 2 months after we opened.

I’d dedicate this to everyone, the crowd, guest DJs ,our regulars, everyone who worked there – you all made it unique & special.

Hopefully, over the months, I’ll find more stuff from, the archive…………..

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Searching through my archives during another digitsing session & I came across this gem.

Stump Juice presents: Alvin Davis & Friends, Feb 1995 by Alph on Mixcloud

This is the first appearance of Alvin Davis & his collaborators the MC’s Moose & Dr Funk.

This was also one of the earliest recordings from Stump Juice. This was only a few months after we opened. This is significant as this is the earliest live guest recording. It is also the first upload to Mixcloud without a tracklist.

 

Alvin has forged a successful career, particularly Stateside, where he has made a number of high profile appearances on US TV, as well as working with some incredible artists. Check out his Myspace page here.

We were lucky as they almost didn’t make it; traffic breakdowns & technical problems (radio mics, dropout from the desk) seemed to be against all of us.

 

The sound quality probably isn’t as good as normally, but I’m sure the energy & vibe more than comes across and makes up for this.

From the improvising of Alvin over our instrumental selections to dropping breaks for the MCs to do their thing, this captures the spirit of the club & what we did.

We were so into we forgot to turn the tape over!

 

We were blessed with several more appearances form Alvin & the gang; each time was unique & special. Those that remember can attest to the fun we all had back then.

 

Regarding the tracklist (or lack of one), normally I wouldn’t as I’m very picky about following rules, but as this is the anniversay year, I thought it’d be worth it. Also, in order to presumably to keep record companies & rights holders happy, the site now uses recognition software, identifying popular tunes.

Hopefully, I’ll get the tracklist properly sorted; in the meantime – enjoy!

Screaming Please…………….

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Unearthed this from a looong way back.

Got this from my old workmate, Tim with a selection of Jazz & latin classics with some HEAVY funk thrown in.

Some things shouldn’t be left to gather dust……………….

Possibly The Most Beautiful Selection on Mixcloud?

Monday, August 8th, 2011

I’ll leave you to judge…………….

 

Al Jarreau, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sunday 24-07-11

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

2 great things happened this weekend:

  • The Wife returned from abroad, visiting family
  • We got to see Al Jarreau in concert .(the Wife booked tickets before she went away)

Bafflingly, the venue wasn’t full, but the crowd more than made up for the lack of bodies with their enthusiasm.

Despite being in his 60’s & having the air of a mischievous  granddad (he had a cheeky conversation with a young lad in the audience whom we’d seen with his family earlier at a nearby Italian restaurant a few hours earlier), there was no mistaking THAT voice or denying t he talent & vocal dexterity which has sustained a career spanning decades.

Given this tour was entitled ‘greatest Hits’, there’s a lot of material for him to draw on, but he managed to fit in a fair few classics, from ‘Boogie Down’ , ‘Mornin’’ & ‘Easy’ (from the LP ‘Breaking Away’ when I first encountered  his work as a youngster). He also much to The Wife’s delight, performed her Soul Weekender anthem ‘Double face’, which I was unsure he’d do. She hasn’t stopped reminding me of that.

Between chatting & frequent bouts of jazz scatting, he also performed new material, including a surprising duet with his bassist, Chris Walker, who also performed a solo number which was really good.

 

Another highlight was his cover of the Beatles’ classic ‘She’s Leaving Home’, which I found deeply affecting (must be going soft in my old age….).

Didn’t bring a camera (again), but we went for the train tired, but happy………………