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I Am A Man From Lewisham [CD]

Billy Jenkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: VOTP Records
  • ASIN: B003EUQGU6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 321,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Am A Man From Lewisham 5:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. On (Catford) Broadway 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Francis Drake Bowls Club 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Deptford Market 6:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Church Of The Ford Transit Mini Bus 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Terraced Fast Food 6:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Clock Tower Of Power 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Throw Them Blues In The Recycling Bin 6:46£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Billy Jenkins: guitarist, bandleader, lapsed-lawn bowls captain, sit-down comedian, chess subversive, bluesman, social satirist and conductor of Humanist funerals, A musical subversive he s fired toy cars at audiences from a Scalextric set strapped to his guitar and has been known to take jazz musicians to motorcycle speedway meetings to get the 'risk' of musical improvisation into perspective. He s created improvisations for everything from chess tournaments to World Cup football. He is, in short, a national treasure and if there is any justice with this, his fortysomething album release, 2010 must surely be The Year of Billy Jenkins. For his latest record Jenkins has turned once more to the South East London suburbs for inspiration. I Am A Man From Lewisham , recorded in Greenwich, finds him at the centre of a wayward musical place where the spirit of scuffed-up bowling green lawns, raffles and pebble dash are summoned and given an irreverent splash by him and his motley crew. Coming in like a kind of evangelist group therapy this is cross-genre experimentalism from a crack team of musicians. The band, held together by Billy s rabid guitar work, features iconoclastic drummer Charles Hayward originally known for his work with This Heat and Oren Marshall on tuba who can effortlessly cross from free form to nailing a tight bass line. Innovative improviser Gail Brand on trombone, Blues Collective member Dylan Bates on violin and pocket cornet, and Empirical band member Nathaniel Facey on alto saxophone (who met Billy when he was taught by him at the Royal Academy of Music) complete the line up. Spontaneously directed by Billy, the ensemble rides and falls on his ability to pick up on subtle inflections from his players and to capitalise on their instant creativity.


'Next to Jenkins, chroniclers of modern Britain such as Pulp seem like feckless dilettanti' --New Statesman

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5.0 out of 5 stars laugh out loud.......... 23 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Vintage Billy Jenkins. It's like a Billy Jenkins gig, you are either smiling with the pleasure, at the fun of the whole event or you are laughing out loud. He is truly unique. I often wish that Billy would form one of those huge street bands and play all the summer festivals. All the songs on this album would fit the bill(!)
Keep doing it Billy.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewisham's Greatest Guitarist/Composer 27 Dec 2010
By james a smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a relatively new fan to Billy Jenkins I wanna do what I can to promote his music because I think it's a shame that he isn't better known in the USA. While planning a vacation to London in Nov. 2010 saw him listed as playing the BBC Jazz Festival was intrigued and visited his website and purchased this CD. Wow, was bowled (pun intended) over by the great music. Billy's an ace blues/jazz/rock guitarist who also is gifted with extraordinary compositional skills and a great sense of humor. He's been around a while and played considerable dues in the London music scene. Needless to say we got tickets for his gig at the festival with the BBC Jazz Orchestra and it was one of the highlights of the trip. Do yourself a favor and check Billy's music out for yourself:[...]
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