Time-taxis (we serve all era’s) : When to Guv’?
“BBC Jazz Club, a stones throw from Piccadilly Circus… we’re late! …Ronnie Scotts, 1956 please cabbie, and step on it!!
“Sorry guv, Health and Safety. Time Travel speed humps don’t permit me to “step on it” any more. What do you think this is, an episode of The Sweeney? If you wouldn’t mind putting in this hi-visibility jacket, and fasten your time-travel restraint buckles, we’ll be off in an orderly manner. A “stones throw”, you say? I’m afraid throwing stones was outlawed under the Dangerous Projectiles Prohibition Act – unless for religious reasons, you understand”.
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Introduction : David Jacobs, LJC Radio
Selection: Poinciana – Phil Seamen Quintet – 320kbps
Phil Seamen Quintet
Ronnie Scott Quintet
Lennie Bush (bass) Ronnie Scot (tenor sax) Terry Shannon (piano) Alan Ganley (drums) Trumpet (Jimmy Deuchar)
I’m taking a post break from the hothouse of chasing US vintage pressings, and people falling over themselves to point out my treasured “original” isn’t. This is a modern pressing of a recorded for BBC Radio, 1956, the golden era of British Jazz – Joe Harriot, Ronnie Scott, Phil Seaman, all the glorious names riding the British Jazz wave.
Gearbox have accessed the treasure trove in the BBC Radio archives, and made these available on vinyl. As a life long BBC license fee payer (on pain of a criminal record for non-payment) I “paid ” for these recordings, or at least my parents did. However bless Darrel Sheinman for unearthing them, and making them available again. Joe Harriot is especially something to be treasured.
Vinyl: Gearbox 1508; limited edition first 500 (it says in the runout, business is business)
180 gram vinyl – silent – and a nice pressing. The audio-quality is how BBC engineers recorded in the studio in 1956. It is good, and sounds a lot better than radio as I can recall. What it does is bring is the sense of listening to radio into your living room, in 1956 but at much higher quality than you would ever have done at the time. True to the original, you can expect no more.
I listened to something like the above as a child in the ’50s. Polished walnut cabinet, bakelite volume knobs, analog tuning dial, it was magical really. I was listening to Radio Luxembourg, though I had no idea where Luxembourg was. Somebody called Horace Bachelor kept promising to tell me how to win the pools if only I would write to him, but I wasn’t old enough to write.
I strolled past Ronnie Scott’s in Soho just the other day. I swear I could feel a temporal vortex dragging me back. Gearbox have a special niche with this material, and, it seems, with Time Travel. A taste of jazz this side of the pond. If I had any quibble it would be this – no laminated cover guys?