Writing in The Guardian* recently, Richard
reiterated the long held (but minority opinion) that "jazz" in
to exist as long ago as the mid-1920s, when the role of the
killed off the original form of collective polyphony.
Billy Jenkins has always been loathe to call
"jazz", partly on account of the conflict between real time
and the marketing thereof - which can only crossover towards
world of profit making if reduced to a nostalgic and
When you stop to consider, Jenkins' music has
that initial 'collective polyphony' - but with it, a barbed
is perhaps too coarse for this sound saturated day and age.
This he has
always tempered (especially in live performance) with
Due to be released on CD on the Babel Label
(by what is,
in effect, a 'Babel Label Allstar Band') towards the end of
'97, the True
Love Collection addresses this misconception of 'not taking
Previous recorded documentation by these
'pop' covers, including 'My Girl' - Human Chain/Human Chain
1986); 'Downtown' - Earthworks/'Dig?' (EG 1989); the 'Vision
On' TV theme
- Steve Argüelles/ 'Blue Moon In A Function Room (Babel
Star' & 'What A Wonderful World' - Billy Jenkins &
Fun Horns/ 'East-West'
(Babel, 1996) have sometimes been dismissed as satirical
works that are
'taking the piss' and 'mucking about'.
But there is no truer way to show love than
hard to heighten the well being of the object(s) of one's
As in this case the object is dormant - a
line and chord sequence - it is only right and proper that
bring all their influences and learnt instincts to this
aural orgy of devotion.
The object of one's 'love' should be
and fully addressed.
Expect love and affection directed towards a
of tunes from the formative years of those performing -
it or not, leaves us with the likes of The Carpenters, Simon
The Bee Gees, The Doors and others.
'New York, New York' - Delightful
(and Homes Blaze) (JMT 1995).
Do you really think Django was 'mucking
about' or being
'silly'? Consider the time taken and creative input needed
to create such
a complex arrangement.
Consider too, that by releasing a 'cover' ,
gives up quite a few minutes of recording copyright
That, is 'true love'.
Deviation is not irreverence - it is 'true
©1996 Billy Jenkins