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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Cosmos | DJ2tee | Mixcloud

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The “cosmos” is the universe regarded as an orderly system; the opposite of chaos. The philosopher Pythagoras was probably the first to use the term cosmos to describe the order of the universe, but the term was not fully embraced until the 19th century  Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer and polymath, Alexander von Humboldt, resurrected  it for to his study, “Kosmos”, and influenced the modern (perhaps erroneous) perception of the universe as one interacting entity.

Sometimes it’s hard to accept that there is any unity to the world we live in. Chaos, emptiness, void, chasm, abyss seems to be the defining feature of our current age. The Germans have a word Chaoskampf which roughly translated means the struggle against chaos. In myth and legend, often a hero figure is depicted as battling against the the chaos monster, a creature that takes many forms, often that of a dragon.

All this preamble, is just a way for me to suggest that in some ways music represents a struggle against chaos. Music generally imposes an order on chaos. The violinist Yehudi Menuhin puts it this way:

“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”

Although, many of these concepts tend to be quasi-religious I embrace them in a metaphorical sense. Music is my fight against chaos! For this reason alone I called my latest compilation of music on Mixcloud: “Cosmos”. My tiny struggle to impose meaning on a world that of late seems to have become dark and chaotic.

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.

Didactic Blues | DJ2tee

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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!

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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.

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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

Eastern Blue

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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.