13 August 2006

ROBIN JONES - DENGA


















Old school latin jazz from Robin Jones-this lp was dug up from obscurity by Paul Murphy in the early 80s and hammered at the Electric Ballroom, The Wag and Jazzrooms around the country.He picked up a supply of copies and sold them from his shop in Soho which is where I got mine.
Essentially a library lp this was released by Apollo Sound and recorded straight to two track with no overdubbing at CTS Studios in London.The quintet was made up of Robin Jones-Drums and Percussion;Tony Uter-Congas;Simon Morton-Bongos;Percy Borthwick-Bass;Olaf Vas-Bass;Ian Henry-Piano.The music falls in to two broad rhythmic genres-Afro-Cuban and Brazilian and was an attempt to capture the more "tipico" feel of latin music.Jones had played bongos for Edmundo Ross in the 60s and Borthwick had been a session musician working with Chocolate Armenteros andCharlie Palmieri.Heres a bit more info about Robin Jones from Ubiquity:
Master percussionist of world renown, Robin Jones enjoys an envied musical pedigree not only as the leader of King Salsa and the Robin Jones Latin Jazz Sextet. He has always been a busy session musician working with major artists around the globe. While in Paris in the 60s, he played with Bud Powell and Johnny Griffin. He also performed regularly at the Blue Note with Chet Baker, played on John Barry's early music, plus worked in the studio with Elton John on his first album "Tumbleweed Connection". He also played and recorded with many other jazz greats including Al Casey, Barney Kessell, Tal Fralow, Ben Webster, Lucky Thompson, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Red Rodney and Stan Getz.

Incidentally this rip is from cd as my lp was immersed and wrecked in a shower of lager whilst djing with my partner in crime at the time-22 years ago !-Bob Povey who went on to Bump and Hustle fame and more.Needless to say I sank into obscurity as I continued to thrash hard core latin and jazz to an ever dwindling minority-but thats another story.

11 comments:

Hugo_Casino said...

"Needless to say I sank into obscurity as I continued to thrash hard core latin and jazz to an ever dwindling minority-but thats another story."

You aint Richie Stepper from Groove FM are you?

bacoso said...

hugo-no !!!!When i say obscurity I MEAN obscurity.I used to play out round bournemouth area in the 80s but never made it to the heady heights of a radio set although I did have a mix done of my tunes for the superimposers internet radio last year which i guess about 10 people listened to!I never took djing seriously -it was always a laugh and a good excuse to get cained and if anyone liked the music that was a bonus-invariably they didn't!

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GeeeFlat said...

HA HA! The nightmare of the stupid illiterate punch drunked girl coming to beg you to play "holiday" from Madonna and tell you that your music is crap... We've all been there... :)

GeeeFlat said...

Has the link "policy" changed? Couldn't find it...

thesuperimposers said...

19 actually!

bacoso said...

miles are these figures approved by the superimposers audit team-19 seems very high for one of my sets especially when mixed by you !!!!
will give you a ring tomorrow-see you at carnival???

Killer Groove Music Library said...

Hi there,

As an avid watcher of your blog, couldn't help myself to a wry smile after your comment on picking up tunes from Murphy's basment shop in Soho. As I used to requent the very same most Saturday's after a hot session at Gilles' "Spats" Saturday lunchtime gig, I remember those days withgreat affection. Listen, I have my very own blog, listing my fav's etc and would like to pop my web address for others to access, on toy your site. How do I go about it? Also I have this tune that I have had on tape from back in the day and need a fellow hard core collector to have a listen and possibly identify. Let me know if you are up to the challenge. My email address is richard.hosey@ntlworld.com

bacoso said...

richard-have emailed you and put you top of my links!

mr.gone said...

Robin is still going strong at about 70 years. As well as running two of his own bands he also performs with my bands - Mr.Gone & Afro Elements - the latter about to release the debut album on Jan 21st 2008, featuring Robin and another 20 odd musicians including Fusion legend Jeff Lorber.

hugo said...

Bacoso Saludos , necesito tu ayuda por favor, este link saca error File Not Found, please.