Various Artists - Soho Scene 62 Vol. 1 (Jazz Goes Mod) LP

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RSD 2023 indie exclusive. Orange vinyl. In 1962, the London jazz scene was thriving but divided into two very different playing styles. The trad jazz scene was holed up at the 100 Club whereas just across the road at The Marquee, modernist dreams were fulfilled on Sunday evenings. If you wanted all night action, then you needed to head to The Flamingo Club in Wardour Street, where on dark and moody Saturdays, Soho's underworld figures converged on the club for sessions that ran from midnight to 6am. Dance crazes such as 'The Twist' and 'The Madison' were taking over the dance floors at various sophisticated venues in the West End. Modernists wouldn't be seen here though; their clubs were usually unlicensed premises in dark smoky basements serving a chaste menu of Coca-Cola and hamburgers. A more soulful jazz sound was breaking through personified by The Flamingo's house band, Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames, whose style was based on the kind of tracks found on this LP, from the flowing organ work of Les McCann to the smooth vocals of Jimmy Drew. Collected here are a couple of slabs of British quality along with influential American sounds from labels such as Impulse, Blue Note, and Prestige. This album captures the period just before rhythm and blues would begin to emerge as the dominant club sound, forcing clubs like the Flamingo to change their music policy in order to survive. Features Larry Frazier, Lou Donaldson, Lalo Schifrin, Don Wilkerson, Les McCann, Jimmy Drew, Johnny Dankworth, The Quartette Trés Bien, Sam Lazar, Phil Guilbeau & His Creole Stompers, Ted Curson, and Tubby Hayes.

Track List:

  • Larry Frazier - Before Six (Impulse! 45-205 1962)
  • Lou Donaldson - Funky Mama (Pt.1) (Blue Note 1868 May 1962)
  • Lalo Schifrin - The Wave (MGM K13224 Oct 1962)
  • Don Wilkerson - Camp Meetin' (Blue Note 1864 Jun 1962)
  • Les McCann - The Shampoo (Pacific Jazz 350 1962)
  • Jimmy Drew - Baby Lou (Decca 31275 1961)
  • Johnny Dankworth - Chano (Columbia DB 4695 Sep 1961)
  • The Quartette Trés Bien - Boss Tres Bien (Norman 541 1962)
  • Sam Lazar - Scootin' (Argo LP 4015 1962)
  • Phil Guilbeau & His Creole Stompers - Creole Walk (Atlantic 5025 Feb 1962)
  • Ted Curson - Fire Down Below (Prestige 241 Dec 1962)
  • Tubby Hayes - Lady E (Fontana TL 5195 Jun 1962)
  • Larry Frazier - After Six (Impulse! 45-205 1962)