It’s a New Day, It’s a New Dawn

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I can’t believe it over a year since we last updated this blog. No excuses, We had other fish to fry. But, as the caption says: “It’s a New Day…” We had thought about updating of the music mixes of our mentor DJ2tee, but to be honest he has had enough exposure on the blog. If you want to check out his work, then this is the place: https://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/ Highly recommended, but then we would say that wouldn’t we! Instead we though we would concentrate on some of the Weird Jazz Collective musical melanges produced by ourselves and other mixmasters.

Firstly, we start with a mix by obscure UK DJ Uncertain Messenger. A shadowy figure, that to our knowledge, has never posted on MIxcloud. This mix appeared in our Dropbox by magic and features some old school downtempo stuff that UM used to play at Club Atlantis back in the day.

Next up, a mix features some old school jazz and hip-hop from Hamburg DJ Deutsche Byte and Wilmslow’s DJ Red Shift. If you like your hip-hop jazzy this mix will float your boat for sure. Some real classics in the mix!

For the next brilliant mix we hired Australia’s DJ Mr Lob to navigate you through dangerous latitudes of phantasmagorical music to an island where sweet tinges of sunset skies and dark woods harmonise with your musical soul. It is not down in any map; true places never are. Fire your torpedo’s of jazz Mr Lob, let no one in the musical doldrums be spared. Okay that was a bit pretentious, but the mix is brilliant. More excellence in mixing can be found here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MrLob/

Our guest mixer for another stellar mix was the man know as Nick Eachus AKA Nike Sparx who hails from Wallasey a town on the mouth of the River Mersey. Nick is know for his “Cabin Fever” mixes which present an eclectic mix of musical genres. Like those, this exclusive mix he has made for Weird Jazz Collective, features a wide-range of sounds and textures. If you like this mix, then check Nick’s output at: https://www.mixcloud.com/NikeSparx/

And, finally Weird Jazz Collective are proud to present a mix by DJ Hetty Morris. She is virtually unknown outside of her locality, but is worshiped by a small coterie of loyal fans. Hetty, who hails from Warwickshire in the UK is known primarily as the singer in the band “The Little Vagabond” who are known for their odd melange of folk and jazz music. Hetty for the most part, keeps off the radar, but Weird Jazz Collective, through an intermediary, managed to get hold of this exclusive mix. We hope you enjoy it. We did.

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Roy Ayers – Fire Weaver | DJ2tee

fireWeaverMy new mix is a tribute to Roy Ayers, one of my favourite musicians. Roy was born in 1940 and hails from South-Central Los Angeles. Roy started recording as a bebop sideman in 1962 and rose to prominence when he joined jazz flutist Herbie Mann in 1966. In the early Seventies Roy formed the band Ubiquity and became one of jazz-funk’s leading proponents. My musical choices on some of the many tracks Roy wrote or played on as a sideman. I have avoided the usual favourites, but I couldn’t resist Everybody Loves the Sunshine! At seventy-five Roy is still going strong and I can personally vouch that his live act is stunning. A true giant!

Brother Yusef | DJ2tee

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I have always known Yusef Lateef’s music from back in the day. But, recently I have been rediscovering what a musical phenomenon he really was. For those not familiar with Lateef here’s a short biography.

Yusef Abdul Lateef, October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American multi-instrumentalist, & composer. Although working predominantly in the idiom known as Jazz, Lateef wanted to be known as a musician rather than a “jazz” musician. Lateef’s main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, but he also played bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He was a true innovator studying “Eastern music” and blending it with western influences to create a new genre. Yusef “played world music before world music had a name.”

Well if you want to hear why I love his music, I have posted a mix on Mixcloud which gives a little of his essence. I am only really disturbing the surface of a deep well of brilliance, so I advise you to search out his albums and discover for yourselves what a musical genius he was.

DJ2tee’s Top Twenty Albums 2015

As 2015 comes to a close it’s time to post DJ2tee’s Top Twenty Albums of the year. Naturally musical taste is a purely subjective thing. So if you are looking for a selection of popular albums, better stop reading now.  There is no Adele or Justin Bieber or Coldplay. Not knocking those “celebrities”, just not in my musical bag!

Hopefully, you will appreciate the music I have chosen which generally has a jazz flavour, but includes other genres. And, if you are not familiar with the artists, please check them out. Remember, this is no definitive list, I could have chosen a completely different selection, but these are some of my favourites.

I have chosen not to make comment on the individual albums, it’s best to let the music do the talking!  Lastly, the albums are listed in no particular order, they are all amazing in their own way. If you want some more information on the artist, just click on the cover picture.

1. Stretch Music – Christian Scott 

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2. Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyoti

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3. The Epic – Kamasi Washington

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4. Into Forever – Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra

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5. Offerings – Chrenee Wade

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6. The Light Years Of The Darkness – Emanative

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7. The Bronx Pyramid – Carlos Henriquez

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8. Search For Peace – Heads of State

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9. To Pimp a Butterfly – Kendrick Lamar

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10. Heartbreak Pass – Giant Sand

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11. Starfire – Jagga Jazzist

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12. Muriel – Sean Khan

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13. Lest We Forget What We Came Here to Do – Sons of Kemet

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14. The Sorcerers – The Sorcerers

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15. Invocations – Nat Birchall

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16. Lucky Man – Alfonso Diedda

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17. III – Bixiga 70

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18. Ancient Mechanisms – LV

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19. Debi – Sangoma Everett Trio

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20. Same As You – Polar Bear

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Was house-cleaning the iMac and I came across a collection of tracks I recorded in the late 1990s. Never really been available, apart from a few tracks on Soundcloud. Anyway, I decided to post it on Bandcamp. So of you are interested head on over there, or check the widget below.

Top Twenty Mixes | DJ2tee | Mixcloud

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It’s always difficult to predict what will go down well with the punters on Mixcloud. For example, many of my friends are heavily into early seventies spiritual jazz, me too. But it appears that the listeners on Mixcloud are not that enamoured with the genre. I consistently get low volumes of listeners when I post a spiritual jazz mix. Quite the opposite for Japanese jazz, it always gets a lot of plays. Why? Does Mixcloud have a hardcore of Japanese jazz aficionados? Search me! I wish I knew. In order to try and analyse my listening trends I have logged my plays over the last six months. Surprisingly, my mix inspired by Eric Satie came top of the list. There must be a lot of Satie fans out there. Well I guess there are, but I didn’t expect so many on Mixcloud. Spanish Jazz came a close second, lets here it for the Iberian peninsular. And, in third place “Verse” my poetry and jazz joint, another surprise. Must be some Ginsberg fans in the mix!

Anyway, here is my top twenty mixes – take a listen if you care to, but I’d be just as happy if you checked out some of my less successful mixes at: http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/. They are all my children and just because they failed to make the charts doesn’t mean I’m any less proud of them.

MIX CHART

01 Satie http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/satie/
02 Jazz Espana http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/jazz-espa%C3%B1a/
03 Verse http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/verse/
04 The Crusaders http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/dj2tee-presents-the-crusaders/
05 Unusual Suspects http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/unusual-suspects/
06 Jazz Reggae http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/jazz-reggae/
07 Japanese Jazz 2 http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/japanese-jazz-2/
08 Japanese Jazz 3 http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/japanese-jazz-3/
09 Japanese Jazz 1 http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/japanese-jazz/
10 Universal Musical Mind http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/universal-musical-mind/
11 Nordic Noir http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/nordic-noir/
12 Turkish Delight http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/turkish-delight/
13 Talk to the People http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/talk-to-the-people/
14 The Joyous Sound of Flute http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/the-joyous-sound-of-flute/
15 Ocean of Sound http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/ocean-of-sound/
16 Modal Jazz http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/modal-jazz/
17 Bad Sneakers http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/bad-sneakers/
18 Polish Jazz http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/the-story-of-polish-jazz/
19 Amen Break http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/amen/
20 Afro-Blue http://www.mixcloud.com/tony-todd/afro-blue/

Top Ten Mixes | DJ2tee | Mixcloud

What makes a DJ mix popular? To be perfectly frank – I have no idea. I’ve been doing the virtual DJ thing for a while on MixCloud and I am always slightly surprised at the popularity of certain mixes. I suppose to a certain extent it depends on the popularity with your peer DJs. There is an element of nepotism on MixCloud, if a top DJ likes your mix, then you are guaranteed extra plays. How you get to be a top DJ on MixCloud, seems to an esoteric process on which the personal preferences of the MixCloud politburo seems to play a large part. I specialist in jazz and to be “really” popular you have to be included in the Jazz category. I have never managed that yet. The choice of categorised DJ seems a bit hit and miss. There are people in there who have far less followers than me. I have asked MIxcloud about that and never really got a proper answer. Maybe I should send them a box of chocolates!

Anyhow, that’s my rant over. Below are the top ten of my most popular mixes. If you fancy a listen, just click on an image. As always I value your comments. You can leave a comment here or on Mixcloud. If you do like a mix, please love it or Tweet it.

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1. Afro Blue

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3. Afro-Funk

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4. Japanese Jazz

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5 Nordic Noir

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6. Japanese Jazz 2

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7. Talk to the People

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8. Universal Musical Mind

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9. Is That Jazz?

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10. Bad Sneakers