Thursday, 25 February 2010


Jesus. I’m low just now.. Don’t know what’s wrong with me, but everything, is getting me down. Work, life, the universe and everything (but mainly work).
I’m as low as a fat arsed limbo dancers butt cheeks, who's trying to get below an incredibly low bar. Even the trials and tribulations of *ahem* the “nations sweetheart” Ms Cheryl Cole is failing to grab my interest. Or perhaps that's it. Perhaps I'm feeling this way because of the fragrant Ms Coles agony. If someone as lovely and talanted as her is unhappy what chance for us lesser mortals??

Trouble is when I’m low my inner jazz fiend gets restless.
So. There I was walking past Fopp minding my own business and the little bugger dragged me in.

Now, I haven’t been in the Fopp in the *cough* “Dear Green Place” for quite a while now and I’d forgotten their unique pricing policy. Take for example Horace Silver “Doin’ The Thing – Live At The Village Gate”. Three identical copies priced at £10, £7 or £3.
I like Horace Silver and I love the hard bop Blue Note label. But I’ve got quite a few Horace Silver albums already so I wasn't really in the mood with parting with too much cash (well not £10)
However, I don’t have any “live” recordings and so my interest levels started to kick in at around the £7 level.
Then, I noticed that on this set, with his most successful quintet, he’s joined by Blue Mitchell on Trumpet. On seeing this the little fiend started jumping around shouting in my ear... "it's only three, it's only three".
Blue Mitchell is never the first name that springs to mind when you think of Hard Bop trumpeters from the Blue Note stable (Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard would probably beat him to first name status in your consciousness) but I really like his stuff (got a couple by his own quintet). He can be as cutting and firey as the rest of them, but underneath he's got a great soulful tone.
Anyway. His inclusion was enough to sway me, and how can you not love a song called “Filthy McNasty”??. ……. So I bought the £10 one

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