Catch Up! | DJ2tee

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Not posted for a while. I’m currently researching for a historical novel. Well I should be, but sometimes music gets in the way, as only music can. Which is generally in a good way. I’ve been managing to fit in some real DJ work lately. That is – two decks and a bag full of vinyl, as opposed to a memory stick of MP3s. Having said that I still practice the way of the virtual selector. Below are some of my more recent mixes. So get in touch with your magical jazz bone by playing one of these, or even better all of them.

 

 

Film and Music | DJ2tee

jules-et-jimIf like me you love American “film-noir” and French “New Wave” then you will know what a huge effect the music has on the atmosphere of such films. And, unsurprisingly, the music most associated with these movies is jazz. This mix represents a selection of music from fifties and sixties films that I love. It features tracks from Miles Davis,  Joseph Gershenson,  Andrzej Trzaskowski,  Alex North,  Krzysztof Komeda and more.

So, sit back, close your eyes and imagine you are sitting in a smoky club in Paris. Up on the bandstand Miles Davis is blowing horn and at the next table Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jeanne Moreau are smoking Gauloise and drinking Absinthe. Fade to black….


I have to admit it! I have been rather lax with this blog of late. I have not been keeping you up to date on my latest musical mixes. Well, there is rather a backlog of other stuff you absolutely must check out, if you are a jazz music fan. So check out all the mixes below. If you like them, let me know, I love to get feedback.


International Jazz Day | DJ2tee

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In November 2011, UNESCO officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day brings together communities and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace and dialogue among cultures. 

This year I will be taking part in International Jazz Day by spinning some of my favourite tunes on Ness Radio along with some of the world’s best jazz DJ’s.

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I hope you will take some time out to listen and support one of music’s greatest artforms. Not only will you hear music that moves your feet, you will also hear music to move your soul. In my selection, expect to hear John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus and many more. So please give the music a listen, as Art Blakey said: “Music washes away the dust of every day life”.

Scenes of Jazz Life

kaipara_18A bit like waiting for a bus, you are expecting a DJ2tee mix, then suddenly two come at once!  Volume One features music for millennials or perhaps made by millennials. All the tracks are bang up to date with post-modernist vibe. It starts with a winning groove from beat scientist Makaya McCraven, son of jazz drummer Stephen McCraven (Sam Rivers, Archie Shepp) and Hungarian folk singer Agnes Zsigmondi. Justin “Justefan” Thomas features on vibes. The vibes continue with Mexico’s Incognito Traveller followed by master drummer Herlin Riley. Delta Saxophone Quartet create beauty – GTQ create funk. Mosaico get hip with some beat vocals – Larry Stabbins of Working Week fame, channels Coltrane. Beautiful vocals from Dionne Bennett complement Jason Rebello’s pianoistics. Florian Pellissier covers Harold McNair’s The Hipster, then we end with an excellent track from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez. 

Volume Two features some old favourites and some new favourites. Generally, a more straight-ahead jazz feel to this mix, although we begin with a funky session from African Roots of Jazz featuring current hip cat Carlos Niño. Next up a couple of big bands, firstly trombonist Scott Reeves Orchestra, then the Swiss Jazz Orchestra featuring Mike Mainieri & Peter Erskine. Following that some modernism from Empirical’s new album “Connection”. Then we get into an elephantile vibe from sax player Derf Reklaw (The Pahrohs), possibly dedicated to the next artist Hannibal Lokumbe. Ian Shaw then vocalises sweetly on a cover of Traffic’s Low Spark of the High Heeled Boys followed by our finale an amazing track from Open Source Trio featuring Bulgarian pianist Momchil Atanasoff.

 

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!

Dr. T’s Medicine Show | Mixcloud

 

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Roll up! Roll up!! The holiday season is almost upon us, so it’s time to sample Dr. T’s patented jazz medicine. Guaranteed to cure all ill’s from melancholia to dysfunctions of a personal nature. You will be amazed by the effectuation of this wondrous product! Do not hesitate to try this stupendous jazz melange!

Featuring:-

  • Tom Waits-Step Right Up
  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins-Alligator Wine
  • Partikel -Clash of the Clans
  • Wayne Escoffery-No Desert
  • Sean Khan-What Has Jazz Become?
  • Snarky Puppy-Binky
  • Cory Henry-Someday We’ll All Be Free
  • Nicole Mitchell / Tomeka Reid / Mike Reed-Light on the Path
  • The Apples-Killing
  • Bobby Hutcherson-People Make The World Go Round
  • Bobby Matos-The Creator Has a Master Plan
  • Carmell Jones-Carmell’sBlack Forest Waltz
  • Bobby Cole-A Perfect Day
  • Mike Taylor Remembered-Timewind
  • James Booker-Junco Partner
  • Stick McGhee & His Buddies-Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
  • McCoy Tyner-New Orleans Stomp
  • Professor Longhair And His New Orleans Boys-Hey Little Girl
  • Shelly Manne-Afrodesia
  • Ron Westray-The Jiggy
  • Sing Sing Penelope-James Bond
  • The Five Corners Quintet-Shake It
  • C.W. Stoneking-The Love Me Or Die

 

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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