IF Music’s Jean-Claude is back once again on BBE with a killer selection of precious and hard to find jazz bombs from around the planet. This volume once again comes from deep inside his own collection with a definite leaning towards the jazz-dancefloor this time but also a few gentle breathers to cool down with.
From the chiaroscuro of Tyrone Jefferson’s ‘Middle Passage’ with it’s dangerous bassline and vivacious vocal turn to India’s obscure jazz-fusion band Jazz Yatra Sextett, we once again leap into new places in the elastic world of jazz.
One of the many standout tracks is ‘Alladin’s Carpet’ from Beaver Harris 360 Degree Music Experience, a quintet of superlative vintage, with all the players being stalwarts from the West and East coasts of the States. A tune to dance to or just sit back in that cliched jazzhead pose - heavy nodding, eyes closed.
We have Hungarian guitar legend Gabor Szabo and his 14 minute ‘24 carat’ from 1979 and the jazz-funk explosion ‘Probuzeni’ from Czechoslovakia’s Jazz Celula, a composition that should and would have slayed the dancefloors of the 70s had there not been an annoying Iron Curtain in the way.
Copa Salvo’s ‘Hasta La Victria Siempre’ sounds like the real deal, a hard driving mambo beast but made in 2006 by an all-Japanese band - serious dance shapes to be had here!
I’ve always been a fan of the weird and the inclusion of ‘Pan African Ballet Music’ by the respected educator, musician and composer Karl Hestor ticks that box for me. Twenty one minutes of sprawling but cohesive wandering, a film-noir movie for the ears.
With ten tracks across three slabs of heavyweight vinyl, Volume 3 is a must for collectors, dancers and diggers.