It’s fitting that one of London’s favourite adopted DJ’s, Gilles Peterson, DJ’ed at the final Seven Notes show in Clerkenwell.
From his Talkin’ Loud and Acid Jazz labels to his most recent, Brownswood Recordings, Peterson has always had eclectic taste, mixing the primal roots of Africa to the bass culture of Jamaica via the urban soul of Detroit to the intricate stylings of the European new jazz generation. Here are his top 10 albums.
Straight up no messing quartet recording from one of the greatest catalogues in recorded history back in the days when jazz was the powerful commercial force the time and quality could be spent in the studio. Rudy Van Gelder at the controls – doesn’t get any better.
An essential listen for any audio fan. James manages to incorporate bass culture with his folk songs. A significant achievement as no one has yet managed to complete comprehensively like this.
I don’t think records will ever be able to be made like this again. This is the pinnacle of 70’s soul at its most prepared and satisfying. Great songs – killer arrangement – big sound.
Steve Brown is responsible for the production here. He’d previously worked on the Rumer stuff. Apart from the fact that Laura is a phenomenal new talent – the production and arrangements are tight and sublime in their execution.
Greatest funk band of all time? Quite possibly… check the tunes on this gimme some more…pass the peas… the grunt etc this album is responsible for so much… and the drums of Clyde Stubblefield couldn’t sound any tighter.
I always go back to this when the time is right, love the tight production especially the bass and drums of Tim Drummond and Kenny Buttrey (both from area code 615). Old Man is a tune and always works in the dance!
A piano and a microphone : simple, efficient mind altering doesn’t get simpler or better.
Nuyorican Soul – Nuyorican soul
Possibly the most complete project I’ve had the pleasure to A+R; combining Latin soul from New York with heritage jazz and the deep pulse of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega. An album that manages to weave George Benson guitar with Eddie Palmieri’s keys and the New York club scene.
Portishead – Portishead
The record I most wished I’d signed. A breakthrough sound that best combined hip hop attitude with the ascending trip hop sound of the time. Has aged magnificently.
Arthur Blythe – Basic Blythe
A stunning combination of strings and jazz and autumnal melancholia. Underrated alto sax player Blythe is one of the finest exponents of contemporary blues with a deep swing.