The Return of the Native

For the last couple of months I have been researching my new novel which is set in Suffolk in the nineteenth century. Consequently, the DJing malarkey has had to take a back seat. I have been totally lost in a world of country folk, agriculture and superstition. As a break from that I posted a mix called The Return of the Native, which seems to have been well received. Of course, the title is a nod to Thomas Hardy. If you like jazz colourings I hope you take a chance to check it out.


Eastern Blue


No particular theme with this mix. It started with a couple of tracks I liked, one by Harold Vick and the other by Stanley Cowell. If you are not familiar with these two artists, I commend you to check them out. If you like jazz you won’t be disappointed. As for the other tracks, I went for music that I felt complemented, both in tone and key. Hopefully you will agree. Special mention should go out to Kamasi Washington whose track Re Run Home is the centrepiece of this mix. It’s from his LP The Epic which is released in May 2015.

Electric / Eclectic

At the the end of the sixties many jazz musicians wanted to become rock stars. Miles Davis with “Bitches Brew” and “Live-Evil” was one of the first to embrace the use of electronic instruments. Many others jumped on the bandwagon and distorted trumpet and saxophone became the norm. It spawned the much maligned jazz-fusion movement. This mix concentrates, for the most part, on the early experiments with electronics, before the edges were smoothed out. There’s some seriously good music on here – embrace your inner jazz-God!

Track List

Miles Davis-Gemini / Double Image
Eddie Harris-Penthology
Jean-Luc Ponty-King Kong
Joe Henderson-Gazelle
Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffalos-Pygmy
Hal Galper-Point of View
Miho Kei & Jazz Eleven-Kikazaru
Wolfgang Dauner-Kabul
Donald Byrd-Estavanico
John McLaughlin-Peace One
Michael White-John Coltrane Was Here
The Soft Machine-Pigling Bland
Curtis Fuller-Maze
Don Rendell-Space Walk
Bob Downes-Walking On
Larry Coryell-Gypsy Queen


This mix celebrates my favourite season. Autumn the time of mist and mellow fruitfulness. Summer is done and soon the leaves will flutter to the gutter. The music kicks off with a track from Woody Shaw – featuring some ferocious horn playing. Then, a track from San Francisco’s “Dogslyde” which segues into the classic “Airegin” from Bill McBirnie. From there on in things mellow right down as Autumn takes over the mix. Enjoy the music brothers and sisters of dusk and umber.


Couldn’t resist posting this shot of MOONDOG from the Cafe Oto news letter.Tremendous.

It relates to this Sunday’s performance from the Outsider Music Collective who interpret the music of “outsiders” – the homeless, the genre-less, the academically neglected, the commercially naive.

Following a critically acclaimed night at Bold Tendencies, Peckham, in summer 2012, the Outsider Music Collective come to Cafe OTO to present another programme of outsider classics from Britain and America. This will include celebrated player piano works by Conlon Nancarrow, a selection of James Tenney‘s rarely performed Postal Pieces, solo gems from experimentalists Cornelius Cardew, Howard Skempton and Michael Parsons, a generous portion of vocal and ensemble work by blind street musician Moondog (in brand new arrangements) and new work by the collective.

Word of warning. Very Limited advance tickets remaining! There will be a small number held back for the door. Sunday…

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