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A plain chocolate music selection with vibrant aftertaste......

'Each track (on Vol. 3) has a real edge, while retaining the jazz vocabulary in mock form, at times in free counterpoint, other times as a Bonzo Dog show-band from hell. While successive critics praise Billy for his humour and what they perceive as pastiche, the single most abiding quality in Billy’s music is actually his anger, his rage against our tepid and tedious modernity in all its moulded plastic forms.'
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, keyboards, violin, electric bass voice; Mark Ramsden - alto saxophone; Stuart Hall - electric violin; Winston Blissett - electric bass on tracks 1,2,5; Steve McManus - electric bass on track 3, double bass on track 4; Steve Watts - double bass on track 6; Thebe Lipere - djembe, calipers + clanging; Martin France - quite a big drumkit.

Plus: Track 1: Harriet Jenkins - spoken word; Dave Ramm - Philicorda organ; Dad’s Horn Section & VOGS Male Voice Choir: John Eacott – trumpet; Mark Lockheart - tenor saxophone; Frank Mead - alto sax; Ian Trimmer - tenor sax; Dave Jago – trombone, on Tracks 2+3: Maria Lamburn - viola+violin; Huw Warren - cello + piano on track 2, on Track 4: Robin Aspland – piano, on Track 5: Davo Cooke - heavy metal guitar, Robin Aspland – piano, on Track 6: Steve Nobel –bugle. Pre-recording research tyrumpet by Chris Batchelor.

Recorded May/Nov 1991 at Wood Wharf Studios, Greenwich SE10. 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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