Various Artists - Mod Jazz (Kent CDKEND 139)
This is a damn fine album compiled by Ady Croasdell and Paul Hallam, according to Jamie Rave
Paul Hallam, along with dudes like Richard Early (Shirley) & Toski, was one of the cardinal DJ's of the era spinning records that complemented the absolute coolness of the congregation at clubs like Sneakers. Situated in Shepherds Bush and opening it's doors on a Sunday night to play the finest floor skimming R&B, an essential night out in the early/mid eighties. Later on and on a Saturday came "The Phoenix", nothing to do with the record label or the list. Contained herein are some of the tunes that gave the scene a peak.
Tracks like Mark Murphy's "Why don't you do right?" from '62, Jimmy Witherspoon's "Money's gettin' cheaper" from '63, Mose Allisons blinding "Seventh Son" from '58 and Brother Jack Mc Duff's version of the "Pink Panther" theme from '64.
Sharp, cool, elegant, there's much more here that crosses boundaries of musical styles with the ease that hip cats and chicks manage when gliding across the floor.
[Published 26 February 1997]
|Timothy Man||mar 14 2001 4:50PM|
|Sneakers? That brings back many happy memories. If Shirley, Ady and Paul Hallam had anything to do with it, I'm getting my copy now!! This minute! Well, as soon as I finish work.|
|joel||feb 2 2001 1:24PM|
|Truly an excellent compliation. The second one isn't as good though. I was chuffed to see Otis Spann's "I'm Ready' on there. Croasdell is definitely the man for fitting these sort of things together.|
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