Various Artists - Paul Murphy Presents: The Return Of Jazz Club [2LP]
01 St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
02 Manteca - The Red Garland Trio
03 Bye-Ya - Thelonious Monk Trio
04 Blue Stompin' - Hal Singer with Charlie Shavers
01 Flying Home - Arnett Cobb
02 Hi-Yo Silver - Bennie Green
03 Grease Monkey - Kenny Burrell with the Brother Jack McDuff Quartet
04 Spider Man - Freddie McCoy
01 Pedro Stroller - Johnny Lytle
02 Parchman Farm - Mose Allison
03 Filthy McNasty - Eddie Jefferson
04 Mau Mau - Art Farmer Septet
01 Mambo Inn - Billy Taylor Trio with Candido
02 Flatjacks - Willie Rodriguez Jazz Quartet
03 Blue Gator - Willis Jackson
DJ Paul Murphy founded the jazz dance scene. Not singlehandedly perhaps, but his pioneering DJ sets paved the way for Gilles Peterson and Acid Jazz. Without Paul none of that would have happened. Gilles said recently Paul Murphy...discovered almost every jazz dance floor classic.
Bored with the generic jazz funk in the clubs he began to play fast fusion, latin jazz and Brazilian grooves to dancers at the Horseshoe in Tottenham Court Road and then Upstairs at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. He then moved on to the Wag, and a host of other residencies, that soundtracked the 1980s jazz revival. The two volumes of his Jazz Club compilation LP influenced a generation of young clubbers, with their mix of both bluesy hard bop and latin jazz. He then hung up his DJ needles, so BGP were thrilled when he agreed to unleash a third volume for them.
This time he has mined the Prestige label for a selection which includes 50s bop, R&B-flavoured soul jazz and even a touch of vocalese, from classic names such as Sonny Rollins, Mose Allison and Thelonious Monk, to the more obscure players Bennie Green, Willie Rodriguez and Freddie McCoy.
This time there's no time to consider but have it.