Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3.

Label: BBE.

Just over three years have passed since BBE released Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 2 to plaudits and praise in July 2014. Since then, much has changed in the life of DJ, club promoter, compiler and inveterate crate-digger Kev Beadle. 

The unthinkable happened in 2016 when the veteran DJ decided that the time had come to hang up his headphones. This came as a shock to many, who thought that this day would never come. After all, Kev Beadle’s life had revolve around music for four decades. It was what he knew and loved. Right up until the day he announced his retirement, Kev Beadle was a familiar face on the jazz-dance scene. However, after a life spent behind the wheels of steel, Kev Beadle had decided the time had come pass the baton on to the next generation of DJs. Before he bowed out, the veteran DJ decided to compile one last compilation for BBE, Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 which was released today. It’s Kev Beadle’s swan-song, and finds him bowing out with another compilation of the private presses he’s so passionate about.

Kev Beadle like many DJs, record collectors and music lovers have dedicated themselves to discovering the best of these private pressings. He’s dedicated his life to the pursuit of these long-lost and oft-overlooked hidden musical gem. There are many private presses in Kev Beadle’s enviable record collection, and some of these have feature on the first two volumes of Kev Beadle Private Collection. 

For Kev Beadle Private Collection Volume 3 the veteran DJ has dug deep into his collection and chosen twelve jazz-dance private presses from the seventies and eighties. This includes tracks from Roy Haynes, Banda Metalurgia, Belair, Francisco Mora Catlett, Louis Hayes, Lee Willhite, Finn Savery Trio, Ira Sullivan and Webster Lewis. These tracks feature on Kev Beadle Private Collection Volume 3 which sees one of London’s top DJs and compilers take his last bow. He’s enjoyed a long and successful career.

Ever since the eighties, Kev Beadle’s life has revolved around music, especially jazz and soul. For Kev Beadle, some of his earliest musical memories are heading to London clubs like The Horseshoe, on Tottenham Court Road where Paul Murphy DJ-ed. After that,  Kev Beadle was hooked, and embarked upon a voyage of discovery, scouring record shops, dusty basements and thrift stores for hard-to-find tracks. His burgeoning record collection would stand him in good stead for the future.

Soon, Kev Beadle was on the other side wheels of steel playing tracks from his rapidly expounding record collection. Before long, Kev Beadle had graduated to playing at London’s legendary Wag Club. This was where he met Giles Peterson, Bob Jones and Chris Bangs. For Kev Beadle, this was the next step in his musical education. They introduced Kev Beadle to new music and helped him on DJ-ing journey.The DJs also enjoyed a good-natured rivalry, seeing who could break a track first. Not long after this, three of the DJs made musical history.

This came about when Giles Peterson, Bob Jones and Kev Beadle started the Talkin’ Loud sessions at Dingwalls, on Sunday afternoons. Before long, the word was out that the Talkin’ Loud sessions were the place to go to hear soul and jazz rarities. New tracks were discovered and soon, the Acid Jazz scene exploded. 

Out of this came the Acid Jazz label, which in 2012, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary. These Sunday afternoons at Dingwalls would become legendary. Open-minded, music hungry music fans, heard and enjoyed, old soul and jazz tracks being unearthed almost on a weekly basis. Out of these afternoons, a whole scene was born, with Kev Beadle at its heart. 

Before long, Kev Beadle had embarked upon a career within the mainstream music industry. Over the years, he worked in many roles within the music industry, including A&R and promotion. He’s also managed labels and run his own, sadly missed label Clean Up. Like many DJs, Kev Beadle has also added production to his ever-expanding CV, under the pseudonym Messengers. Then there’s the  myriad of compilations that Kev Beadle has compiled.

During Kev Beadle’s career, he’s compiled compilations for a variety of different labels including Blue Note, Cadet and of course BBE. For Cadet, Kev compiled The Best of Terry Callier On Cadet which introduced many people to one of music’s best kept secrets. Kev Beadle was also responsible for the five volumes of Cadet Grooves and three volumes of Blue Note’s Capitol Rare. Then there was Kev Beadle’s BBE debut.

This was Nu Jazz Generation II, which was released on BBE back in 2000. Thirteen years later, Kev made his BBE comeback with Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection in March 2013. Just over a year later,  Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 2 followed in July 2014. By then, Kev Beadle was one of London’s top DJs and had been for many years.

DJ-ing, which has been a mainstay of Kev Beadle’s career for four decades and although he was approaching veteran status he prided himself as having his finger on the pulse when it came to music. He was equally comfortable playing in clubs or DJ-ing on radio. However, it’s club DJ-ing that many people will know the name Kev Beadle. 

Ever since he made his debut in the eighties, Kev Beadle has been spinning soul and jazz. Despite his love of jazz and soul, he’s never afraid to investigate other musical genres, and Kev Beadle’ has will happily spin music from a variety of disparate genres. Sometimes, he digs deep into his collection and spins an eclectic set where the music of the past and present rub shoulders. However, for Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3, the veteran DJ chooses twelve private presses from the seventies and eighties.

These über rare tracks on Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 are considered classics within the jazz-dance community.  Sadly, given their rarity, they’re only available to DJs, dancers and crate-diggers with deep pockets or a sympathetic bank manager.  For those who can’t afford the original tracks a copy of Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 features these twelve rarities. This includes a number of energetic, syncopated musical workouts that have previously tested the stamina of dancers in clubs the length of breadth of Britain. Sometimes, the calm descends and Kev Beadle drops some of the smoothest Latin grooves. Quite simply, there’s something for everyone on Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3.

Opening Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 is Quiet Fire, which featured on drummer Roy Haynes’ 1977 album Thank You Thank You which was released on the Galaxy label. Quiet Fire was penned by George Cables and is the perfect way to open the compilation. It’s something of a slow burner with a minute of Kenneth Nash’s percussion then giving way to a masterclass from veteran drummer Roy Haynes. Augmented by pianist George Cables and bassist Cecil Bee they lock into a groove as this track unfolds. Once this tight, talented band is in full flight, they’re sure to push even dedicated dancers to their limit on a track that sets the bar high for the rest of the compilation. 

Maryke is a track from Devil Dance, which was a collaboration between Chicago born bandleader, composer and producer John Thomas and Lifeforce. Devil Dance was released on the German label Nabel in 1980 and was the firs of two albums John Thomas and Lifeforce. One of the highlights of their debut album was Maryke, an urgent, percussive and melodic fusion workout.

There’s no drop in tempo on Lá Em Guayaquil a track from Banda Metalurgia’s 1982 eponymous self-released album. Instead the tempo rises on this joyous genre-melting track. It’s propelled along by the rhythm section and a myriad of percussion while stabs of urgent horns soar above the arrangement. Meanwhile, Banda Metalurgia combine Bossa Nova, fusion and jazz on this energetic, syncopated musical workout that is guaranteed to tempt even the most reluctant dancer onto the dance-floor.

Belair’s Samba for a Cold Warrior is taken from their 1980 album Relax, You’re Soaking In It, which was released on the Belby Wetterman label. This private pressing is one of the most expensive on the compilation, with copies changing hands between £125 and £225. Samba for a Cold Warrior which was penned by Eddie Guthman, is one of the highlights of the this hard-to-find album. Seamlessly, Belair marry elements of jazz, fusion and Latin music on this tantalising taste of the delights that feature on Relax, You’re Soaking In It. 

In 1986, drummer and composer Francisco Mora Catlett released his debut album Mora! on his own AACE label. One of the highlights of this oft-overlooked hidden gem is Samba De Amor. It’s an uplifting, joyous, energetic and dance-floor friendly Latin-jazz workout where Francisco Mora Catlett and his band also test the stamina of dancers. They’re pushed to their limits on what’s without doubt one of the highlights of Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3.

The Louis Hayes Group recorded Little Sunflower for their 1979 album Variety Is The Spice. It was released on the Gryphon Productions label and featured an all-star band. Joining drummer Louis Hayes was bassist Cecil McBee, flautist Frank Strozier and vocalist Leon Thomas who features on two tracks. This includes Little Sunflower where Frank Strozier’s flute for company he delivers a tender, impassioned vocal that plays its part in the sound and success of this percussive soul-jazz hidden gem. 

It was in 1981 when Lee Willhite released his debut album First Venture on Big Tampa Records. It opened with a cover of The World Is a Ghetto, where Lee Willhite’s soulful, thoughtful and despairing vocal is accompanied by a tight and talented band. They complement Lee Willhite’s vocal and are yin to his yang on this thought-provoking cover of a familiar song.

When Clarice Labbe and Charlie Hampton were recording their debut album Clarice Swings With Charlie Hampton, one of the songs they chose was No Other Love But You. It’s one of the album’s highlight which was released on J.M.T. in 1980. Thirty-seven years later, and  Clarice Swings With Charlie Hampton is real rarity that changes hands for upwards of £75. It’s no wonder, given the quality of the music on No Other Love But You. Clarice Labbe’s vocal and Charlie Hampton piano prove to be the perfect and potent partnership, playing their part in the sound success of No Other Love But You which is three memorable minutes of soul-jazz that swings, and them some.

Just like many private presses, Ronald Snijders released his third album Black Straight Music in 1981, it was on his own label. This was Black Straight Music which released each and every album he released during a career spanned four decades. By 1981, the Dutch flutist, composer and producer had just turned thirty. He was born in Paramaribo, Suriname and aged seven followed in his father’s footsteps when started to play the flute. Soon, he could play guitar, saxophone, piano and percussion. That was a quite a feat for a self-taught musician. Later, Ronald Snijders is credited as inventing African Surinam kawinajazz. Sadly, the man whose regarded by Jazz Nu as: “most swinging flutist in the Netherlands” never enjoyed the success his music deserved. A reminder of this hugely talented musician is Latinetta a track from Black Straight Music which shows features  Ronald Snijders in full flight and swinging.

Three years after released their debut album New York Series in 1976, the Finn Savery Trio returned with their sophomore album Waveform. It was released on the Metronome label and features the Danish fusion group showcasing their considerable skills. One of the highlights of this hugely underrated album is Misturada, which is reminder of just what the Finn Savery Trio were capable of.

It’s no exaggeration to call American musician and composer Ira Sullivan a multi-instrumentalist. He’s equally comfortable playing flugelhorn, trumpet and alto, soprano, and tenor saxophone. Ira Sullivan also played percussion during a lengthy and illustrious career. By 1983, Ira Sullivan was fifty-two and had already released a number of albums. However, Strings Attached which was released in 1983 was his first album for the Strings Attached label. It features The Kingdom Within You, which features  a vocal from violinist Nicole Yarling. Her vocal and violin combines with Ira Sullivan’s horn and together they play an important part in this beautiful, dreamy soul-jazz track that floats effortlessly along.

On the ‘30th’ and ‘31st’ of July 1971 Webster Lewis and The Post-Pop, Space Rock, Be-Bop, Gospel Tabernackle Chorus and Orchestra BABY! took to the stage at the Club 7 Oslo, Norway. That night, they recorded seven tracks that became their Live At Club 7 double album.  This includes Do You Believe, a twenty-two minute Magus Opus which opened the original album, which nowadays is worth £750. However, it’s an alternative version that closes Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3. Still, Do You Believe, is an ambitious and innovative track where soul-jazz and free jazz combine during this genre-melting epic. It closes the compilation in style.

After twelve tracks that are regarded as classics to regulars on London’s jazz dance scene, Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 comes to a close. Maybe this third instalment in this popular and critically acclaimed series is at end, given club promoter, crate-digger, DJ and compiler Kev Beadle has decided to hang up his headphones and retire. That is a great shame, as Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 is the best volume in the series. 

Most people won’t be familiar with many of the private presses on Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3. However, after a couple of listens, they’ll sound like old friends. This includes the energetic, syncopated musical workouts that have previously tested the stamina of dancers in clubs the length of breadth of Britain. They’re joined by some of the smoothest Latin grooves. The result is a delicious musical potpourri which sees Kev Beadle bow out in style. However, what will come of the veteran DJ?

Like many newly retired people, Kev Beadle has much to look forward to. There’s trips to B&Q, decorating his house from top to bottom and outings in the car with his nearest and dearest. Then as Kev Beadle sits down to his lunch he will start to take an interest in antiques programs presented by permatanned presenters, and maybe even start  taking an interest in the contents of the SAGA magazine? This is what the future holds for newly retired DJs, including Kev Beadle. However, there’s an alternative to this. 

After recharging his batteries, Kev Beadle could start putting together Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 4. Doubtless he would still have plenty of time for B&Q and Bargain Hunt. Meanwhile, music fans can enjoy the delights of Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3 with its smooth Latin grooves and energetic, syncopated musical workouts. 

Kev Beadle Presents Private Collection Volume 3.



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