Vinyl at last for Dexter Gordon's The Squirrel

Interesting that Dexter Gordon double album The Squirrel makes it to vinyl at last for a special Record Store Day release next month. A Danish radio live recording made while the Gordon quartet were in Copenhagen to play the Jazzhus Montmartre in …

Published: 12 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

Interesting that Dexter Gordon double album The Squirrel makes it to vinyl at last for a special Record Store Day release next month.

A Danish radio live recording made while the Gordon quartet were in Copenhagen to play the Jazzhus Montmartre in 1967 the album first had a CD release in the late-1990s.

A mega long 20-minute+ version of Gordon original 'Cheese Cake' accompanies the Tadd Dameron title track while also on the record are the standard 'You've Changed' and Sonny Rollins favourite 'Sonnymoon for Two.'

Gordon appears on the record with his fellow Americans Kenny Drew and Art Taylor (on piano and drums respectively) with Danish bassist Bo Stief completing the line-up.

On Rhino, look for ''The Squirrel'' on 18 April.

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Andy Davies quartet, Ronnie Scott's upstairs

Switching between trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket trumpet Andy Davies was on 'grandiose' form last night at the weekly Ronnie's jazz jam upstairs. The affable porkpie hat waistcoat-and-bow tie-wearing Welshman has a showman's instinct, hands to the …

Published: 12 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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Switching between trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket trumpet Andy Davies was on 'grandiose' form last night at the weekly Ronnie's jazz jam upstairs. The affable porkpie hat waistcoat-and-bow tie-wearing Welshman has a showman's instinct, hands to the sky, as he scooped up and expected applause at the end of each number, horn high to the ceiling when his solos were at their most dramatic.

Speaking to marlbank later he mused that the evening crowd was smaller than usual because of coronavirus and yet earlier had in his positive and amusing chats to what nonetheless was a fairly decent sized turn out notwithstanding the peril, counselled punters to forget the virus 'get the jazz bug' and 'you've come for the conversation' (as some serious loud mouths were yakking away in a booth for sure) 'and stayed for the jazz'. Saleem Raman 'best drummer in his price range,' quipped Davies was to his side shifting the tempo to tickle the fancy of classic guitarist Nigel Price somersaulting up and down the frets all night while the newcomer bassist, sadly I didn't catch his name, a protégé of the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy in Hackney, played beautifully on double bass, a new star on the scene, tremendously quick and agile pulsing throughout the first set. Numbers included 'Speak Low', 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' and 'The End of a Love Affair' were my pick of the set.

Andy Davies pictured top left with Saleem Raman and the jazz jam returns on Wednesday. Pic. Marlbank