This week we invite Brighton based Jazzology aka Leon Ricciardi to the Dusk Dubs family, as we ask him to delve into his record racks, and presents a back to mine style selection that includes music from the 90’s and music you might hear at his Jazzology events.

Leon Ricciardi is the founder and resident DJ of Jazzology, a vinyl based night in Brighton UK and the host of the Jazzology Radio Show - every 3rd Wednesday of the month 8pm - 10pm on 1BTN ( 101.4FM / DAB+ Radio or online - http://www.1btn.fm ). 

 

Leon has been DJ’ing since 1994, playing at various prestigious clubs including award winning events around Europe and Australia. Most recently, at Spiritland in London and for Vinyl Veterans in Brighton. 

 

"Jazzology is every last Saturday of the month at The Black Dove. 

Notable DJ’s that have been guests > Ill Treats, Russ Dewbury, Evil Ed, Mac McRaw, Rob Life, Jonny Cuba, Lascelle Gordon, Simon S, DJ Manipulate, Basement Phil, Aroe, DJ Prone, Justice, Metro, Gary Johnson & Gareth ( Mr Bongo ) plus many more, who have all graced the decks and supplied the heat. 

Expect to hear 50s - 70's Jazz, Bebop, Hardbop, Model, Indo Jazz, Spiritual Jazz to Fusion / Funk influenced Jazz and all that good stuff in between, including many samples you may have heard in Hip Hop & Jungle throughout the years...

Shout to all the real world diggers, vinyl DJ’s and 1BTN for allowing me to share great music on their radio station.

Thanks for opportunity to put something together for Dusk Dubs."

You can find Leon HERE:

Mixcloud.com/jazzology

Hearthis.at/jazzology/

Instagram.com/jazzology_brighton/

Facebook.com/criticalresistanceUK

Twitter.com/JazzologyUK

Even though this isn’t a straight Jazz selection, there’s a Jazz thread that runs throughout the music selected. 

Enjoy.

Tracklisting

1) Joe Farrell - Too High - Penny Arcade LP - CTI
2) Stevie Wonder - They Won’t Go When I Go - Fulfillingness’ First Finale LP - Mowtown
3) Re:Jazz - Inner City Life - Points Of View LP - INFRAcom
4) Roy Ayres - What You Won’t Do For Love - Get On Up Get On Down LP - Polydor
5) Goldie - Sea Of Tears - Metalheadz 12”
6) Dr Octagon - Blue Flowers - Mo Wax 12”
7) The Cinematic Orchestra - Man With A Movie Camera - Everyday LP - Ninja Tune
8) Midlake - Roscoe ( Beyond The Wizard Sleeve Re:animation ) 10” - Is it Balearic Recordings 
9) DJ Shadow - Organ Donor ( Extended Overhaul Mix ) 12” - Mo Wax
10) Tony Allen - Politely - A Tribute To Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 10” - Blue Note

1) Joe Farrell - Too High - Penny Arcade LP - CTI

I got Penny Arcade from Jazzology resident Ill Treats, who’s currently doing his thing in the US. I’ve been real lucky with my residents, Treats being one of the UKs finest Hip Hop producers and The Tipster from the legendary Knowledge Of Self crew, who used to throw down some of the UKs finest Hip Hop parties in Brighton back in the 90’s / early 00’s. Between us we cover a whole range of angles, Jazz wise. Treats & Tipster’s record collection is riddled with all your favourite, known and lesser known Hip Hop samples.

To keep things extra fresh, we have guest crate diggers down each month to showcase their Jazz records too. Shout to Wil Howell, The Tipster, Ill Treats, all our guest DJs, the Jazzology / Black Dove crew and past / present bar staff. Its all of you that help make Jazzology what it is. Big up !

(For regular listeners of the Jazzology Radio Show on 1BTN, the outro music to the show uses an excerpt of “Jazz” written & produced by Ill Treats, feat: Glad2Mecha on mic duties…) This version of “Too High” has been played often at Jazzology over the last year. Solid stuff by Joe Farrell, also featuring one of my favourite pianists, Herbie Hancock. One of the many LP’s to look out for on the CTI label ( especially for the sample heads ).

2) Stevie Wonder - They Won’t Go When I Go - Fulfillingness’ First Finale LP - Mowtown

Continuing with Stevie Wonder, he was one of the many greats who was a big part of the musical backdrop to my childhood. I was blessed to have been exposed to such great music as a kid. This is one of my favourites from Stevie. Emotional…

3) Re:Jazz - Inner City Life - Points Of View LP - INFRAcom

This is a piece of music that needs more exposure. I feel 95% of the DnB world has no idea that this track even exists ( hopefully i’m wrong ).

Big up Goldie, Rob Playford, Diane Charlemagne (RIP) for the original and the Re:Jazz crew for such a great cover version of a track, that originally broke so many boundaries, sound and production wise… Timeless.

4) Roy Ayres - What You Won’t Do For Love - Get On Up Get On Down LP - Polydor

Roy Ayres is an artist i’ve still yet to see live !. There are many tracks I could have chosen from his back catalogue, including music from his RAMP project. This one’s a personal favourite. I love everything about this tune, and that vibes solo from Roy at the end of the track too..! Special.

5) Goldie - Sea Of Tears - Metalheadz 12”

As with Stevie Wonder, Goldie has been a big inspiration in my life, musically. I’ve had nothing but respect for the man since I first heard his music and record label Metalheadz back in the early 90’s. Not just for his music, also for the journey he’s been on, and what he’s achieved, personally and professionally.

People ( online, not to his face ) often criticise Goldie for having engineers and other producers to help him make his music but without Goldie, that music wouldn’t exist. He’s an artist, a visionary and a deep soul that’s influenced many.

Being fortunate enough to see Goldie & The Heritage Orchestra live in London back in 2015 was an emotional gig for all in attendance ( including the staff at the Royal Festival Hall ). Its a testament to his vision and determination to perform his debut LP from 1995 “Timeless” with a live Orchestra. ( I’m aware that Focusrite recorded it too…! fingers crossed this audio will be shared with us at some point. )

His label and the quality of the output that’s still being released all these years later, is also a testament to him and those within his close circle, past, present and future.

6) Dr Octagon - Blue Flowers - Mo Wax 12”

A lyrically deep hip hop cut that i originally heard on James Lavelle’s Cream Live 2 mix. One of those mixes that stayed in the tape player for many years, and Qberts cuts on this track..!! Deep stuff all ‘round.

( the mix is well worth diggin’ out, which can be found on youtube for those interested )

7) The Cinematic Orchestra - Man With A Movie Camera - Everyday LP - Ninja Tune

In regards to personally producing music, there are many tracks that resonate with me from various breakbeat driven genres that I wish i’d written. This is one of them.. The Cinematic Orchestra in general is one of those bands that hits the spot on so many levels. Such strong output since their debut LP “Motion” from 1999. They combine live instruments with modern electronic programming and sampling perfectly.

8) Midlake - Roscoe ( Beyond The Wizard Sleeve Re:animation ) 10” - Is it Balearic Recordings

Originally Jazz artists, who met at University in America who went on to form Midlake. This version from Beyond The Wizard Sleeve ( Erol Alkan and Richard Norris ) comes from one of my favourite surf films from 2009 “The Drifter” featuring Rob Machado.

The original version of this track is tight too. I’ve got a soft spot for American Folk / Folk Rock and need more in my collection… Along with Jazz its perfect music to listen to when on the search for some waves.

For those who don’t know, Jazz music was the original soundtrack to the first surf movies before the Beach Boys came along in the 60s. Check the OST “Slippery When Wet” from Bud Shank as a good example.

 


9) DJ Shadow - Organ Donor ( Extended Overhaul Mix ) 12” - Mo Wax

Shadow had a massive influence on my sound as a producer. The ultimate crate digger, who’s still pushing the envelope and moving forward with his craft. This is one of those beats that always goes down well when dropped at a gig !. A guaranteed crowd pleaser.

10) Tony Allen - Politely - A Tribute To Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 10” - Blue Note

It would be rude not to include something from the mighty Blue Note Records. There are far too many to choose from this label, though this is a recent release that some of you might have missed.

I love the original from Art Blakey, so when I heard this, it was a piece of music that really hit home. Emotive with a lot of soul.

Its a great release overall, all the tracks and players on this EP are strong. If you find it buy it on sight. The price is rising quick though. Don’t sleep !