I’ve been quiet here for a little while. Meanwhile I’ve been busy in the real world getting some projects together. Please enjoy Duke Ellington’s first hit in our version:
The last couple of years I have been playing fairly regularly with Brighton swing band Flash Mob Jazz. Here’s a cover we made of Bob Marley’s “The Sun Is Shining”.
In December last year the band Harry’s Tricks, led by Mike the Mic, launched “Who’s Harry” an album of 9 original swing songs. Mike wrote all but one, Heading To Ship Street, that was penned by me. I am very proud to share with you two of Mike’s compositions from the launch here with you today. Incidentally both have horn arrangements by me. Please enjoy “Fake Smile” and “Hoogly Googly Man”!
I’ve updated my CD page with players for some of the CD’s I produced. Come on over and have a listen at My CD’s. If you buy the recordings from the provided link (all mp3’s, some actual CD’s) you will be supporting me and by co-musicians in the best possible way, with the least money going to “the man”…
Feel free to share the players as well.
I got a little tripod for my iphone and recorded a little bit of today’s gig with Harry’s Tricks. Please enjoy!
The great artist Martin Wertheim-Gould regularly comes to Brighton’s jazz venues and draws and paints the musicians performing. He has a beautiful book out called “Brighton and all that jazz!” and I think I’m in there somewhere. He came again last Sunday to Seven Stars and created this masterpiece:
Both are with the formidable guitarist Paul Richards but are slightly different in setting, style and timing. Saturday 16th we will be playing a duo gig at Little Portugal from 8pm. Choro, samba and jazz with acoustic guitar and clarinet.
Sunday 17th I will be playing with Paul again but this time I add the formidable Dan Rehahn on trombone and bassist extraordinaire Simon Russell for a swing gig at Seven Stars 4-7pm. If we are lucky the 90-year old jazz superstar Renee Ansell will join us for a sound that surpasses time.
Hope to see you there!
Cogs & Gears from Lele Lele (Lele Lele 2008)
Music: Björn Dahlberg
Lyrics: Josef Danielson
You cannot deny the cogs and the gears
Machinery weaves industrial fears
No man is made of steel
There flows no blood through the veins of machines
But you cannot deny the cogs and the gears in the moves of industrial man
Well now something has broken beyond all repair in the heart of the cogs and the gears
Josef Danielson: Vocals, Guitar
Björn Dahlberg: Clarinet
Mihail Dintchev: Tamboura
Stian Grimstad: Tuba
Moa Danielson: Tablas
Here is the song Drink The Pain Away from Maria McAteer’s debut album Her Night At Noon (2012). Maria on vocals, me on piano, saxophone and clarinets, David Kadumukasa on cello and Jim Mortimore on bass. Enjoy!