In 1984 my musical education was about to take a leap forward, and one man was responsible: Paul Murphy, DJ at the WAG Club’s Jazz Room. In an interview in the Face magazine, the Specials’ Jerry Dammers described a typical night at the club, making it sound like a lost scene from Absolute Beginners. I wanted to be there but was too young to go, but later that year an album called “Jazz Club” appeared. It had Murphy’s name on it and was a brilliant selection of 50s and 60s hard bop and bossa-influenced soul jazz. I’d wanted to like jazz but had no real entry point. The album opened the door: Tubby Hayes, Dizzy, Art Blakey – now I understood! A second volume came out the following year and was if anything even better: Duke and Ella ripping through ‘Mack The Knife’ and Roland Kirk’s revamp of ‘Green Onions’ as ‘A Sack Full Of Soul’.
Culled from the extensive Prestige and Riverside catalogues, “The Return Of Jazz Club” is a mix of all the things good about the original compilations: distinctive latin jazz from Art Farmer and Billy Taylor, a touch of vocal jazz from Eddie Jefferson and dancefloor-friendly blues-filled gems such a Bennie Green’s ‘Hi-Yo Silver’. I can’t tell you how pleased I am we managed to get this release together. By Dean Rudland
Dancefloor classics from the original Jazz dance DJ.
St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins / Manteca - The Red Garland Trio / Bye-Ya - Thelonious Monk Trio / Blue Stompin' - Hal Singer with Charlie Shavers
Flying Home - Arnett Cobb / Hi-Yo Silver - Bennie Green / Grease Monkey - Kenny Burrell with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet / Spider Man - Freddie McCoy
Pedro Stroller - Johnny Lytle / Parchman Farm - Mose Allison / Filthy McNasty - Eddie Jefferson / Mau Mau - Art Farmer Septet
Mambo Inn - Billy Taylor Trio with Candido / Flatjacks - Willie Rodriguez Jazz Quartet / Blue Gator - Willis Jackson
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