6 January 2009

ROBIN JONES - DENGA
















Robin Jones for Apollo Sound from 1971.
A swift OIR repost from 2 1/2 years ago for the cheeky south london bastard!

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-25 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.

24 comments:

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/180503539/Robin_Jones.rar

bluenote124 said...

Yeah,this is the hype,was told about this Lp a long,long time ago but never heard it,only played first track so far but ohh!!took me back to Rock City Jazzroom 83/84in an instant!top class post this. Any old school rare jazz/latin that you post are a winner with me(and many others i have put onto your blogg). You da man, still.

jaguar said...

Many thanks for this great LP.

onthebeat said...

Sounds really good. Thanks again Bacoso!

Analog Burner said...

Great rip, thanks! Glad I found your spot!

peace

Hank said...

the effort and care to which you have continually brought great tunes to our ears is mind boggling

thank you very much!!!

Greg said...

@Katonah that's heavy fucking gears -- all killer and worth £40 of anyones money... You will no doubt know at least three or four of em!

Thanks a million bacoso. I'll mail you a Latin list this week to see what you have the ones you don't (ahem...) I'll drop over at the usual spot...

Simon666 said...

absolutely effing fantastic, thanks Bacoso!

katonah said...

once again, big thanks are in order for this one bacoso. might have to put me hand in me pocket, it is a bit of a minty copy.

HiFiTunes said...

It's in the zone, thanks bacoso

Simon666 said...

2nd comment, this gets betterer and betterer ...

Gianni aka Cesare Barbetta said...

a dream coming true.
thank you.

Gianni

johnv said...

Thanks for this wonderful treat, Bacoso. I was having a crappy day today until I visited your site and found this!

Bruno Leicht said...
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el goog said...

Hi bacoso, thank you again. I forgot to tell you two years ago.
A shower of lager? What a waste!
eG

Andy said...

Yes a waste,you should at least drink the lager first.A long time ago I did a gig with a young guy called Pete Tong.I now get by as an engineer,I think he has done ok!
Cheers

g.raf said...

Many thanks Bacoso.
This is such a great album!

Saint Jude said...

Is this what you call obscurity ?

Nice album, and probably the nicest recent addition for me.

I saw King Salsa once, at The 100 Club in 1988, at one of those jazz dances. Lasting impressions were (a) Robin Jones' shiny bald head (b) Timbalero conducting a heated argument with trumpet player whilst knocking out complex polyrhythms.

I also remember the watered down lager at the Electric Ballroom (although of later vintage), and plyed regularly to dwindling minorities.

wonderfulsound said...

bob who?

KRTEK said...

Thanks. That's from cd right? I got rather bad sounding LP rip that have 12 tracks.

KRTEK said...

^^ I meant the 'El Maja' lp.

Paul said...

Good Old Robin Jones.. I'm pretty positive that was my nite at the 100 club he played at..

El Mafufo said...

Always want to hear more Latin

winton tostello said...

agree with simon, this is a grower.
a nice sense of authenticity without being authentic, a bit laconical, mediocre production rounding up it all warmly, and that electric piano...
Winner!