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A dark chocolate music selection with mysterious centres.....

'This (Vol. 2 ) is jazz saying something to a generation so used to music that doesn’t say anything. If there are any jazz fans at all under the age of sixteen it’s Billy Jenkins’ fault. But where Hancock and Davis were precious and po-faced about their mysterious arts, Billy takes it into the real world of car crashes and the scandalous price of sweets.'
Richard Russell / Billy Jenkins webzine.com

'South London free-jazz catalyst Jenkins issued this large-scale set of musical collisions – with UK jazz giants including Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Martin France and many others – on vinyl and cassette in 1991. For all its outward lawlessness, however, this is some of Jenkins's most subtly conceived and orderly music'.
John Fordham / The Guardian


released January 8, 2021

Billy Jenkins - electric guitar, piano, voice; Iain Ballamy - Soprano, alto + tenor sax; Dai Pritchard - Trumpet, alto, baritone sax, clarinet; Ashley Slater - tuba, bass trombone, percussion; Charlie Hart - electric bass, accordion, violin; Roy Dodds – drumkit.

Plus: Roland Dartnell (electric drill + plates); VOGC Junior League Vocal Chorus - Choir Mistress Suzy M., Laura, Leanne + Nicola Dartnell; Grace + Roxanne Messenger, Joanne Green, on track 3: Steve Berry – cello, on track 4+5: Steve Berry - double bass, on track 6: Chris Batchelor – trumpet; Mark Lockheart - tenor saxophone; Django Bates – organ; Martin France - ride cymbal.

Recorded June/Aug 1988 at Waterfront Studios, Rotherhithe London SE16 & Studio 99, SE18. Produced by Tony Messenger.


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As a teenager BJ recorded for legendary Clive Davis with artrock band Burlesque (72-77); with 'alternative musical comedy' duo Trimmer & Jenkins (79-82) before founding (81) the Voice of God Collective. He has recorded 40+ albums incl Motorway At Night, Entertainment USA and recordings about SE London Sounds Like Bromley, Greenwich, Still Sounds Like Bromley and Suburbia. ... more

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