Margarets Menstrual Problem - Billy Jenkins - Uncommerciality
Label: Allmusic Records - ALMS 2 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Rock • Style: Fusion, Jazz-Funk, Free Improvisation
Get a fresh start. Report a mispronounced word. Billy Jenkins, guitarist and chronicler of London life, was El Arbol - Maria Ostiz - Grandes Exitos 16 when he went on the road with the art-rock band Burlesque in It was the first step in a career that spans free jazz and stand-up comedy, gutsy rhythm and blues and the landmark House of God jazz collective — religion, or lack of it, is a core Jenkins theme.
Now the seasoned session musician and prolific composer, with more than works to his credit, is to have a retrospective at the London Jazz Festival. Inthe life-and-death questions that have informed his music became all too real. The experience was so profound that he decided to train as a humanist officiant, able to conduct non-religious funerals.
This year has seen two new albums and the digital reissue of three classic recordings. At its core will be the rhythm and blues, vaudevillian anarchy and professional gloss of his new album Born Margarets Menstrual Problem - Billy Jenkins - Uncommerciality and the Religion is the Bluesan intensely personal document.
The earlier CD release makes direct reference to place. His conversation brims with ideas that come laden with subclauses, tangents and self-deprecating twists. But, he adds, why not? Jenkins gets both stability and satisfaction from his new career as an officiant. That is the joy. Jenkins has a history of getting the best out of the musicians he works with and the three Uncommerciality Sessionsrecorded between andare now regarded as classics, and are now available as digital downloads.
Three compositions from the series will form the basis of his second LJF set next Sunday, with the BBC Big Band, which has commissioned saxophonist Iain Ballamy — who played on the original recordings — to write new arrangements. Infor example, he marked the World Cup football match between Iran and the US by lining up opposing teams of jazz musicians to perform while the game was being played.
How they develop throughout the evening gives a symphonic form. And out of that aural landscape comes the singing of the blues. Jenkins was born in a south London suburb in His music chronicles his life in south-east London, though draws on African-American traditions of jazz and blues. It seems Give Me Time (Phat Garage Mix) - Claudia Patrice - Give Me Time and proper to write about things that are in front of your nose.
Jenkins sprinkles his life-story with Margarets Menstrual Problem - Billy Jenkins - Uncommerciality figures, starting with Michael Bailey, choirmaster at Bromley parish church. Local connections stretch from his best friend at school, Billy Broad — better known as Billy Idol — to the pianists who later introduced him to regular studio work for the likes of the Alabama 3.
The years on the road and recent family duties have After Hours - Erskine Hawkins And His Orchestra - Volume 1 (1938-1940) their toll, and he finds even the idea of performing exhausting.
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