Songs of Praise Live!
Babel BDV 2768
released 8th October 2007
The Original Press Release:
Praise be to the donkey
Praise be to the blues
Praise be to Ornette Coleman
Praise to the sadness and to the sunny……
praise be to the musician, whose resonance and nuance is
silenced by the strictures of broadcast and broadband signal
Songs of Praise Live! is six musicians entwining in an emphatic orgy of musicality where every next note is an imprint on the unknown, every bar a step into the void.
Spontaneously directed by Billy Jenkins, the ensemble rides and falls on his ability to pick up on subtle inflections from his players and to capitalise on their instant creativity.
This is real live music making in the raw. And you’re hearing it from within the mixing desk. For the live sound engineer for The Wardrobe, Martin Hudson didn’t know on the night of this concert on 11th October 2006 that his artistry too, would be documented on CD.
Thus, the sound you hear is mercifully far away from the safe, manicured and over produced blandness that makes up most recordings these days.
Everything is inside out. Because Mr Hudson was mixing for the room, the drums are slightly down in the PA mix, here and there a quiet violin becomes overloud. It’s Billy’s take on compression – where loud becomes soft and soft is turned into loud. But it’s of the time, for and with the music.
There’s a method in Billy’s recording madness, but it works. He previously used this ‘closed miked voyeuristic upside down inside out aural experience’ on ‘Mayfest ‘94’, recorded live in Glasgow and released by Babel in 1995.
It was a ‘Jazz CD of the Year’ in The Scotsman. Writing in the Sunday Times, Stewart Lee said ‘…an astonishing display. Sounds like it was conducted by Carl Stalling’.
We need to hear the subtly and intonation of
You’ll find this recording a slightly alarming but truly
honest and attention
seeking experience. It truly is the sound of musicians
The musicians are:
Born in the 1950’s – drummer Charles Hayward
Born in the 1960’s – tuba player Oren Marshall
Born in the 1970’s – trombonist Gail Brand
Born in the 1980’s – saxophonist Nathaniel Facey
and finally - conceived in the 1950’s, but born
1970’s – violinist and pocket trumpeter, Dylan Bates…..
‘Songs of Praise’ was conceived to present
looking retrospective of the work of Billy Jenkins in his 50th
tour was produced by Simon Thackray and The Shed with funding
Lottery through the Arts Council of England.
The CD contains the following tracks, which
and produced by blues guitarist Steve Morrison:
Co written by Ian Trimmer and Billy Jenkins
First appeared on 1986 vinyl album 'Uncommerciality Vol 1'
2), with Iain Ballamy the featured saxophonist. Nathaniel
at length here from Ballamy's original recorded solo.
Originally first appeared on vinyl album 'Piano
1973-84' (Wood Wharf Records WWR 841).Instantly composed in
on piano 18th March 1984. A live version, recorded at
Jazz festival in Austria in 1987 with an eight piece band was
on the 1992 'First Aural Art Exhibition' CD (VOTP VOCD
Blues Is Calling Me
Written in 2001 and recorded for the 2005 solo
and voice CD 'When The Crowds Have Gone' (Babel BDV2450).
First Time The Earth Shook
Written 1995. Never recorded before. The joy of
first time copulation.
Dancing In Ornette Coleman’s Head
Written 1991 and first issued on the Cassette
'Uncommerciality Vol 3' (VOTP VOCA 914).
Another Trimmer & Jenkins collaboration
re-titled and reworked by Jenkins in 1994 in response to the
tragedy. First appeared on 1986 vinyl album 'Uncommerciality
Vol 1' (Allmusic
ALMS 2) along with ‘Brilliant’, with Iain Ballamy the featured
Feel the tuba solo. This was Oren Marshall’s first public
the funeral of his father.
The Bobby Hebb tune reworked as an instrumental
(‘nice tune – crap lyrics’) for the currently out of print
True Love Collection
CD (Babel BDV 9821) released in 1998. The original recording
Christine Tobin, Django Bates and Dave Ramm on keyboards,
Ballamy, drummers Martin France and Mike Pickering and The Fun
Blues Stay Away From Me
This old Delmore Brothers penned classic first
on the Blues Collective’s 2002 ‘LIFE’ CD (VOTP VOCD 023). It
album as it does the Songs of Praise concerts – with the band
stage singing with one and all.
SONGS OF PRAISE Live!
Secular worship of a musical kind
No kowtowing to dogma
No kowtowing to ethic
Just kowtowing to being…
Available to purchase via the Billy
Jenkins Recordings page now!