Hi Hat Vol.3 [Jazz]

RELEASE: 30.06.2006

LABEL: Freestyle Records

VERTRIEB: Groove Attack



Percussionist, journalist, album compiler, consummate record collector and DJ - Snowboy has pretty much done it all. One of the cornerstones of the British and European latin jazz scene for well over 15 years, as well as a respected authority on funk and jazz, which he has been collecting and playing since 1978; the man's name is steeped in legend within the UK's soul, jazz and funk scene. With 13 albums and 20 singles under his belt and a tour diary that takes in Australia, Japan, the USA and Canada to name a few, you could also say he's been around the block and back a few times. Despite all of this he has also had time to run, promote and DJ at the world's no.1 jazz dance session – "The Hi Hat".

Now in its 11th year, the session has seen guest DJs such as Bob Jones, Chris Bangs, or Baz Fe Jazz manning the turntables, alongside residents Snowboy and Phil Levine, and explosive live performances from greats such as Eddie Palmieri, Tania Maria, Joyce, Jon Lucien, Dave Valentin and Bobby Matos.

The story of The Hi Hat starts way back in 1978, when Mark Cotgrove aka Snowboy (but back then DJing under the name of Mad Marx) used to hire The Goldmine club on Canvey Island, Essex, to promote and play jazz music on a Wednesday night. Throughout the many years that followed, various residencies and other events led him to discover other strains of black music including funk, soul and latin, but at the centre was always jazz.

Fast forward to 1986 and a new venture alongside fellow DJs Bob Jones and Phil Levine is in the pipeline. Stuck for a name, Snowboy suggested "The Hi Hat" and since then it has stuck. With more than 200 faithful followers each week, many travelling from London, the club quickly established itself as one of the UK's most hardcore jazz dance sessions.

The next few years saw the session grow in size, and with a change of venue also a temporary change in name to "Across The Tracks". The next chain in the story is a certain club promoter called Eddie Piller, owner of the legendary Acid Jazz label. In 1995, having opened his seminal Blue Note club in the heart of Hoxton, Eddie approached Snowboy to host a jazz dance session. Reviving the Hi-Hat name, the event kicked off in January 1995 – attracting the best dancers in London and further afield, it wasn't long before it was gaining the reputation of the hardest session in the land!

With a few more venue changes along the way, the Hi-Hat finally settled at the legendary Jazz Café – and is still packing them in to this day! The music on this, the third in the "Hi-Hat" series, is a reflection of the hard-hitting dancefloor jazz that is held in high regard at the session. All of the tracks have become anthems in their own right, with many of the artists playing live to the crowd of dancers and audience over the years. The UK's Sirius B have made many friends at the Hi-Hat, as have Holland's New Cool Collective – an 11 piece tour de force of jazz, latin and afro. Others, such as Brighton's Cubana Bop serve up a cool slice of afro cuban and the dangerously uncompromising 'free' afro-jazz of World Saxophone Quartet's cover of Miles Davis' "7 Steps To Heaven" really sorts the men from the boys on the floor. Also featured is a rare and compelling live version of "Sunny Day" by Jon Lucien (known simply in certain circles as 'The Voice') alongside floorfillers from Brazilian percussion legend Airto Moreira plus classics from Bobby Sanabria and McCoy Tyner.


01. Airto Moreira - Fica Mal Com Deus
02. McCoy Tyner Latin Big Band - Blue Bossa
03. Sirius B - Sirius
04. Bobby Sanabria & Ascension - Caribbean
05. Jon Lucien - Sunny Day (Live)
06. Terrell Stafford - If I Perish
07. New Cool Collective - Perry
08. World Saxophone Quartet - Seven Steps
09. Cubana Bop - Our Man In Havana
10. Peter King - Speed Trap

(Quelle: Groove Attack, 13.6.2006)


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