Under The Influence \\ Electronica outfit All The People
The sound of South London outfit All The People is driven by synths, percussion and features the soulful vocals of Curtis Dennie. Like many musicians, despite it not being on the surface of their music, a love for Jazz runs deep in what they do. Band member Ashley Arnold picks five tracks that have made a huge impact on him. Check out their debut album R-Together, out now via 100 Billion Wires.
Freddie Hubbard \\ Red Clay
I actually discovered this first via the Tribe Called Quest sample in their track Sucka Nigga from the album Midnight Marauders — though this sample is actually Jack Wilkins‘ cover of Red Clay I think. As is often the way, sampling is a real gateway to the discovery of new sounds well discovering old tracks other genres you may not come across otherwise. Then ever since I brought the Freddie Hubbard original it has stayed pride of place in my collection. Herbie Hancock is on keys; it’s a journey from start to finish. It has a very fresh Jazz—soul—funk mix that was becoming the bench mark sound of the CTI label. Released in 1970, a golden year for music. It’s amazing.
Donald Byrd \\ Cristo Redentor
This record will stop you in your tracks. It’s on the album A New Perspective. Donald took on a new experimental approach to recording, incorporating gospel harmonies. It has an ethereal spiritual quality that is supremely delicate, serious and quite perfect. The sleeve is something else, so beautiful! I’m a collector of album cover art too and so many of these seminal jazz records also have incredible artwork.
Horace Silver \\ The African Queen
The skill and raw delivery make The Cape Verdean Blues a very unique Blue Note record, not to mention the amazing sleeve. It was released in 1966 and the whole record has a very modern upbeat sound although my favourite track has to be The African Queen in which Horace plays one of the coolest solos ever.
Yusef Lateef \\ Like It Is
This is my favourite track from The Blue album which I love. It has a hypnotic repetitive theme which makes it trancelike. It’s a record that can just consume your brain wholly, really engulfs you in its woozy magic and like the best music, it transports you to another strange place. I can’t say much more to be honest, you just have to listen to the whole album.
Bill Evans \\ Everybody Digs
You can tell Bill Evans and drummer Philly Joe Jones were friends. The rhythms are way before their time considering this record was released in 1959. It was his second record and put Bill on the map as one of the greatest pianists. Sorry, I couldn’t pick one track so I’m saying the whole album – it was a huge influence on me. From when I started to learn the piano as a kid, Bill Evans became my new Jimi Hendrix.