Mod Jazz Rides Again.

Label: Kent Dance.

Twenty-two years ago in 1996, Kent Dance an imprint of Ace Records released a new compilation Mod Jazz which celebrated the music that the Modernists listened to during the sixties. Mod Jazz was released to plaudits and praise and was 

a trip down memory lane for the original Mods, and those that  were part of the seventies Mod revival. Many other music fans embraced and enjoyed Mod Jazz, which was about lend its name to a popular compilation series.

Two years later in 1998, Mo Mod Jazz was released, and  in 1999, Even Mo Mod Jazz became the third instalment in what was a popular companion series. 

As the new millennia dawned, Yet Mo Mod Jazz was released was released in 2000 to the same critical acclaim as the three previous instalments in the series.

Despite the critical acclaim, five years passed before The Return Of Mod Jazz was released in 2005. This was a welcome instalment in this popular compilation series. So was 2008s Further Adventures Of Mod Jazz and Mod Jazz Forever in 2012. The Mod Jazz compilation series was still going after seven volumes while many other franchises were still going strong.

When the original Mod Jazz compilation was reissued in June 2013 as a two LP set, seventeen years had passed since its original release. Just a year later in June 2014, Kent Dance released the eight instalment in the series,  Mod Jazz And Then Some! It enjoyed the same plaudits and praise as previous instalments in the series, and fans of the Mod Jazz compilation series was eagerly awaited the next volume.

They’ve had to be patient, but after four-and-a-quarter years Mod Jazz Rides Again has just been released by Kent Dance. Mod Jazz Rides Again features twenty-four tracks from the likes of The Tempo Rhythms, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ray Shanklin,  Ray Johnson, The Rhoda Scott Trio, The Rhoda Scott Trio, Montego Joe, Otis Spann, Nina Simone, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, T-Bone Walker, Playboy Five, Candy Phillips and the Bobby Jenkins Quartet. These are just a few of the artists and groups on Mod Jazz Rides Again.

The Tempo Rhythms recorded the jazz-tinged and funky Poppa Nickel for Poncello Records in 1964. However, this instrumental never saw the light of day until 2007 when it featured on the  Poncello Records Story. Eleven years later and Poppa Nickel returns for an encore and sets the standard on Mod Jazz Rides Again. 

Blues and jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon released Hey Mrs Jones as a single on Reprise in 1962. This uptempo slice of R&B was akin to a call to dance for the Mods and was guaranteed to fill any dancefloor.

When Russell Evans and The Nite Hawks released Send Me Some Cornbread on Atco in 1966, The Bold was tucked away on the B-Side. It features a fleet fingered solo on the Hammond organ by Russell Evans who plays as a starring role on The Bold.

Jazz trombonist Harold Betters released Hot Tamale Man as a single on Reprise Records in 1967. Hot Tamale Man also opened the album Funk City Express and is a funky slice of high swinging soul jazz. 

In 1966, Sammy Davis Jr and Buddy Rich joined forces to record The Sounds Of ’66. One of the songs they covered was I Know A Place which was penned by British songwriter Tony Hatch, Ernie Freeman and George Rhodes. Their composition was given a makeover by vocalist Sammy Davis Jr and jazz drummer Buddy Rich.

Otis Spann recorded I’m A Dues Payin’ Man for his album Sweet Giant Of The Blues which was released on Flying Dutchman in 1969. It’s a reminder of one of the greatest blues pianist of his generations, who as I’m A Dues Payin’ Man shows was also a talented vocalist. 

Come On Back Jack was released as single by Nina Simone on Colpix Records in 1961. By then, the twenty-eight year old singer, songwriter and  pianist was well on her way to becoming a jazz legend

Sticks and Stones was released by Johnny “Hammond” Smith as a single on Prestige in 1960. It’s a reminder of one of the great Hammond organists of the sixties. 

Pianist, organ player and band leader Jackie Ivory was twenty-nine in  1966, the Jackie Ivory Trio reinvented Hi Heel Sneakers. It becomes a funky slice of soul jazz thanks to Jackie Ivory’s Hammond organ solo.

Blues guitarist T-Bone Walker released his album Every Day I Have The Blues on Flying Dutchman in 1969. It’s a vastly underrated album which showcases a truly talented guitarist, who gives one of his finest performances on his cover of Shake It Baby.

Another cover version is Howlin’ Wolf’s Spoonful, which is given a makeover by the Memphis-based Playboy Five. It was released on Bandstand in 1964 ad finds the Playboy Five transforming this familiar track and turning it into something new and timeless.

Closing Mod Jazz Rides Again is What Is Love by the Bobby Jenkins Quartet. This beautiful soulful  ballad was released by Vistone Records in 1962, and closes Mod Jazz Rides Again on a high.

For many an ageing mod, the music on Mod Jazz Rides Again is sure to bring back many a happy memory. Some of the original mods will be well into their seventies. It’s a long time since they were a mod about town in the early sixties. Back then, they would dawn their cashmere suits, complete with narrow lapels. Completing the look were button-down collar shirts, thin ties and a wool or cashmere jumpers and Chelsea boots. This was all part of their carefully cultivated image that they wore about town when they headed to their local coffee bar, pub and club. That was when the music would start to play.

This includes the music on Mod Jazz Rides Again which will bring memories flooding back for the original Mods. It’s a similar case for those who were part of the mod revival in the seventies and the second mod revival in the nineties. What they remember is the fashion and of course, the music.

Much of that music is timeless and proof  if any was needed is Mod Jazz Rides Again which was recently released by Kent Dance, an imprint of Ace Records. Mod Jazz Rides Again is a tantalising reminder of a time when mohair suits, button down shirts, fishtail parkas and a Vespa was de rigeur for the mod about town. Mod Jazz Rides Again is also a reminder of one of the most important British youth cults, who have enjoyed an unrivalled longevity. 

Mod Jazz Rides Again.

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