Sunday, 3 January 2010

It's all gone Pete Tong

Almost finished reading Snowboys' book on the history of the UK Jazz Dance scene. Filled with great stories and anecdotes from the 70's and 80's. The book mainly contains interviews with all (lots!) of relevant DJ's and dancers etc. Occasionally bit repetitious and messy in its outline, but still really interesting read on the origins of black dance music in the UK and eventually (as a prolongation) worldwide. 
Obviously the Northern Soul scene was the beginning of the DJ and Dance culture, but then you had the Jazz Dance/Funk scene, and its relation Soul, Disco and Rare Groove. Further on even with a connection to electro and house music. Actually I wasn't aware of that, the legendary record label Factory was releasing Jazz related records in its early days. The Hacienda was also playing Jazz music mixed with the contemporary electronic music. I did know that Pete Tong used to be a Soul boy and quite involved in the Rare Groove scene in the 80's, though he was also a key player and heavy taste maker in the jazz dance scene.
I can't tell if the Danser's Inferno track - Sombre Guitar was played at the time. I presume there's been quite few findings along the way, even after the scene started to dissapear. Anyway, it's a huge favourite of mine and I try to squeeze it in whenever I can. Thankfully the Creation One LP is available on a nice japanese reissue since quite recently. Still a bit ellusive and limited, so check your Japanese dealers asap. I know Russ Dewbury put it on one of his great Jazz Bizniz comps, because trying to find the original release is not an easy one. We're talking four-figure sums of ca$h. 
So here's one that should fit into the context, at least as far as speed an jazzability goes. Check out the book as well, nice read and essential knowledge on the history.

Danser's Inferno - Sombre Guitar (320)

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