My latest mix on Mixcloud is called: “Didactic Blues”. Do yourself a favour and give it a listen. If you like jazz, you won’t be disappointed.
DEFINITIONS – Didactic: intended for instruction; instructive. Blues: a song that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes. That’s all you really need to know! Well, apart from the fact it contains some very fine jazz from the seventies.
I have to own up to stealing the cover photo from my favourite magazine “Straight No Chaser”, now sadly defunct. Nowadays I am forced to read “The Wire”, which is a completely different experience altogether!
I remember buying the copy above in Autumn 1988, from Mole Jazz in Kings Cross, London. Like SNC the shop no longer exists. It was run by the late Ed Dipple, an obsessive collector who ran what has been described as the world’s greatest second-hand jazz shop in a shabby corner of London’s Kings Cross. It was one of those shops where you felt as if you had entered a private members club. You were endured, because you might open your wallet and buy a Bobby Wellins album, or in my case a copy of SNC. It was a great place to while away half-an-hour while you waited for a train to whisk you back to the grim North. The lack of convivial atmosphere was negated by the rather fine background music.
Interesting, Mole Jazz, between 1980 and 1989, issued thirteen jazz albums on their own label. You can check these out at Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/label/140725-Mole-Jazz Oh! and the former editor of SNC has his own blog here on WordPress which is well worth checking out: http://ancienttofuture.com
Cover Picture: Peter Williams Straight No Chaser 1988