on 26 July 2004
The Summer of '82, in the nightclubs of the north west, Chico Hamilton was happening!
From: 'Clouds' in Preston; Manchester the 'Ritz' and 'Legend'; Wigan Pier; and 'Quinns' Liverpool, (the alternative venue to Erics and new wave). The disaffected youth of the north west spent their weekends in a nightclub linkup, travelling along the north wests motorways to dance and connect with other young people. This was well before the days of 'raves'and when 'festivals' were for 'smellies'. It was a time of innoncence when the party lasted all night, but the bar closed at 2am; and ecstasy was what you experienced when the D.J decided to play a 'monster mix' of Rocker's Revenge.
These were truly multi-racial and multi-cultural affairs. What was striking was the lack of aggression and respect shown to other 'Jazz/Funkers', and the racial and ethnic tolerance displayed by the largely working-class clientele.
The funky 'Strut' and erotic 'Mysterious Maiden' from the Nomad album became anthems in the nightclubs of the north west in the heady days of the summer of '82. Sure fire floor fillers, you could spot a real 'Jazz/Funker' by their ability to identify the tracks, and vote with their feet on the dance floor.
This album is a classic, not only to Jazz lovers; but, also to a generation of young people who may never have discovered Jazz, had it not been for the enlightened D.J's of the north west of England, during the summer of '82.
Buy it, you'll love it!