Soho Scene 1961: Jazz Goes ModSoho 1961, you are an Internationalist! Of course theres the American music. Transatlantic baby! The nearest you can get though, is Soho and its West End jazz clubs. You can dream of hearing Roland Kirk or Jack McDuff in New
BODY AND SOUL The song. That´s what London constable and sorcerer´s apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho´s 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body-a sure sign that something about the man´s death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul-they´re also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho. With the help of his superior officer, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, the last registered wizard in England, and the assistance of beautiful jazz aficionado Simone Fitzwilliam, Peter will uncover a deadly magical menace-one that leads right to his own doorstep and to the squandered promise of a young jazz musician: a talented trumpet player named Richard ´´Lord´´ Grant-otherwise known as Peter´s dear old dad.
I was my dad´s vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around drinking tea, and that´s how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it´s why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording. Cyrus Wilkinson, part-time jazz saxophonist and full-time accountant, had apparently dropped dead of a heart attack just after finishing a gig in a Soho jazz club. He wasn´t the first. No one was going to let me exhume corpses to see if they were playing my tune, so it was back to old-fashioned legwork, starting in Soho, the heart of the scene. I didn´t trust the lovely Simone, Cyrus´ ex-lover, professional jazz kitten and as inviting as a Rubens´ portrait, but I needed her help: there were monsters stalking Soho, creatures feeding off that special gift that separates the great musician from someone who can raise a decent tune. What they take is beauty. What they leave behind is sickness, failure and broken lives. And as I hunted them, my investigation got tangled up in another story: a brilliant trumpet player, Richard ´Lord´ Grant - my father - who managed to destroy his own career, twice. That´s the thing about policing: most of the time you´re doing it to maintain public order. Occasionally you´re doing it for justice. And maybe once in a career, you´re doing it for revenge.
(Croydon Municipal) 25 Tracks - Erstklassige Jazz-, Exotica- & Latin-Compilation mit dem Titel ´Soho Continental´! Emigrierte Musiker, die seinerzeit vor dem vom Krieg zerrissenen Europa flohen, fanden in der eklektischen kreativen Gemeinschaft von Soho eine willkommene Heimat. Dieses Album spiegelt die vielfältigen internationalen Klänge wider, die von den geschäftigen Spaghetti-Häusern, spanischen Bars, Pariser Nachtclubs, maltesischen Spielhöllen und schwedischen Massagesalons ausgingen. Viele der darauf enthaltenen sehr raren Titel werden hier erstmals auf CD veröffentlicht. Plus Booklet mit informativen Linernotes des legendären DJs Martin Green!
(Croydon Municipal) 25 Tracks - Erstklassige Jazz-, Latin- Pop-und Rock´n´Roll Compilation mit dem Titel ´Soho Expresso´! Die Veröffenlichtung widmet sich den Sounds, die in den 1950er und 1960er Jahren in Londoner Cafés und Bars gespielt wurden. Viele der darauf enthaltenen sehr raren Tracks werden erstmals auf CD veröffentlicht!
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