Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Hello Old Thing, Hello Even Older Thing: 4

Turnstyle: Trot (Pye, 1968)
Psych-pop breakbeat diggers don't seem to have got as far as this sneery, nose-thumbing piece of proto-punk grooviness yet - at least, not to my knowledge. The picture, you'll notice, features the A-Side, but this, surely, deserves some wider attention (like the 18 people who look here once a month)? Unsure of what it's really trying to be, Trot never really fuses into the sort of thing that the milkman will whistle, but it's a great reminder of what excellent silliness could be obtained by sticking some herberts in a studio, filling them full of Tizer and pressing Record.

Buddy Rich Quartet feat Flip Phillips: Broadway (Verve, 1958)
I'll tell you what, that Buddy Rich bloke was alright at the drums, wasn't he? This features the great Ronnie Ball on piano. That's what I love about jazz records - you can say, "the great Ronnie Ball" and people sort of go, "Yeah, Ballie was the business" when, in reality, no one's ever heard of him before (apart from geh, naturally). Anyway, there's much more of this here. Innit.


Anonymous said...

*Scratches beard*

mmmmmm like it.


Planet Mondo said...

What a couple of tip top treats - the 'Decca Originals' series are packed with similar winners Freakbeat Scene, R n B Scene, and Blues Scene are belters all. The Northern Soul Scene from the same series has a couple of 'before they were famous' Soul stompers from David Essex, Elkie Brooks, Brotherhood of Man and Tom Jones.

Can't agg' the Jazz either, would recommend the following Jazz covers... Chet Baker - 'Vehicle', Ella Fitz' - 'Sunshine Of Your Love', and her big band version of 'Can't Buy Me Love'

marmiteboy said...

What a great track 'Trot; is. I love the twangy bassline.

As for Buddy Rich! The man was a genius. For some reason he always came to Southend on his tours of the UK. I was lucky enough to see him five times and every gig was a wonder. I saw him not long after he had had major heart surgery and he was far from fit. However he still played astonishingly. I have still not seen a drummer to better him.

I met him once and he was friendly and ready to sign autographs, even though he was obviously ill. Buddy was a true great and I feel very blessed that I saw him so many times.

On another note I saw that Steve Marcus (Buddy's main sax man for many many years) died recently. Another sad loss to the jazz world.

Rob said...

I love the idea of brotherhood of man gone soul... almost as much as I love the idea of buddy rich killing them in southend!