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Jazz Gives Me The Blues CD


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  • Audio CD (4 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: VOTP Records
  • ASIN: B0054JFNZE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,746 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Jazz Give Me The Blues 5:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I'm Just A Lucky So And So 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Black Coffee 5:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. God Bless The Child 7:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Travellin' All Alone 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. For All We Know 4:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Ain't Got Nothing But The Blues 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 

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in the land we call jazz. NO! STOP! We don't want no more of that groovy dinner jazzy lounge piano soft-focus wide screen smooth talking tasteful jazz thang. Man, jazz gives me the blues! Jazz is the blues. Blues is the new jazz. After years of following the jazz rainbow Billy saw the light way back in the nineties and formed a blues band (the marvellous Blues Collective and then the recession proof Trio Blues Suburbia). Adding a vocal element to his music allowed Billy to confront those perennial blues issues: dogs (he don't like 'em), parents (ditto), tea (very much in favour), Cliff Richard (no position at all really but he did meet him once) and the Duke (just can't get enough). So maybe moving away from jazz brought him back to a renewed appreciation of those hoary old numbers we all love to hate and an understanding that the blues underpins jazz. Whatever, here we have a Billy Jenkins album of standards (OK, so that's like a Lady Gaga guide to comfy cardigans but there we go). Just to contextualise, the album kicks off with a homage to the ultimate in 50s hipness - the Hammond organ trio - yes, in the Jimmy Smith corner Mr Jimmy Watson (not playing Hammond) and in the Grant Green corner the heavy weight guitar string champion of the world, let's hear it for Mr B Jenkins Esq.! Mike Pickering's in the drum seat (he makes up the last third of the Trio Blues Suburbia) and guest soloist and Jenkins novice, lauded and award winning altoist and flautist Finn Peters rocks in with a bluesy chorus or two and some kissing noises. Billy takes these old jazz standards and does unmentionable things to them, lyrically and musically metamorphosing them into something new and strange - reinterpreting the hackneyed old images, injecting anger where anger never was, blueing the jazz. The guitar, that guitar, still strikes like lightning, illuminating as it incinerates, but the emphasis here is on mood - a fifties late night mood for a fifty-somethin' guitarist.

Review

An intensely, joyously visceral, up-against-the-wall album, and one of Jenkins' recent best. -- Chris May, All About Jazz, June 26th, 2011

Billy Jenkins is a joker. He takes the mickey - not out of jazz but out of jazz cliches... My favourite track is "I'm Just a Lucky So-And-So", with Mr Jenkins essaying a vocal-guitar unison which comes out sounding like George Benson on acid." -- Dave Gelly, The Observer, July 17th, 2011

Droll and disgruntled, Billy Jenkins delivers his malcontent blues with a pantomime snarl and a guitar that stutters and gets entangled by the sheer force of splenetic ire. -- Mike Butler, Manchester Evening News, July 3rd, 2011

The musical equivalent of Duchamp's moustachioed Mona Lisa. -- Peter Bacon, The Jazz Breakfast, August 16th, 2011

The very definition of 'alternative' is his music and conception. -- Julian Joseph, Jazz Line Up, BBC Radio 3, August 21st, 2011

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rumbaba on 20 Aug 2011
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Billy never fails to delight and surprise and this album of (mostly) jazz standards delivers both in equal measure. Humour, passion and talent combined with unorthodox, but phenomenal, guitar technique (and a great band) ensures there is nothing standard about this collection. Billy's unmistakable blues growl breathes new life into songs you thought you knew. I saw him at the London Jazz festival doing 'I'm just a lucky so and so', taught to him some years ago by Diana Krall (or so he claimed). He doesn't tour much but, if you ever get the chance to see him live, grab it.
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