on 16 August 2013
UGilles Peterson has put together some really interesting albums over the years but this one has to be a bit of a highlight. Unlike a lot of compilations this one plays through like a 'proper' album. It almost sounds like one artist's very well thought out work; it's a great one just to put on and listen to. The story of the Black Jazz label is also fascinating. A few more notes with the album would have been really nice to describe this however. In its short existence only about 30 albums were recorded by the label; many of which became real collectors items. More recently the label came up for sale on the Internet and then this compilation appeared. It looks like another is in the pipeline from Theo Parrish; another highly regarded dj.
In short this is a great album. It isn't the kind of jazz music that's 'hard work'; it is actually a really rewarding listen in a more casual way and I think nearly anyone with a passing interest in this style of music would get a lot from it. It might not be the one for the out and out jazz heads but if you like soul, jazz, funk etc from this era check it out, I've loved listening to it.
on 18 March 2013
Great, great tracks from a great, great label. Well worth hunting down the originals, especially Calvin Keys, The Awakening, Walter Bishop (at his very funky and thoughtful best with Black Jazz), and Roland Haynes. The 'official' Black Jazz compilation is also a joy, if you can find a copy! But this looks ok too. 5 glorious stars for wonderful jazz times remembered!
on 18 February 2013
As always, Gilles Peterson manages to dig out and compile the best of classic jazz tracks, some forgotten classics, many which sound familiar, all unforgettable!
Great music for any jazz enthusiast!