SummaryDJ, radio presenter, music producer and event promoter Kev Beadle's bio reads like a journey through the halcyon years of jazz, jazz funk and soul scene in the UK from the early 80s right through to today's various musical manifestations.
The music on this compilation is a very personal journey tracing back to Kev Beadle's earliest experiences as both a DJ and collector on the jazz dance scene.
Early memories of frequenting clubs like Jaffas in London, hearing Paul Murphy play these amazing records and then going to his shop to pick up tracks like Johnnie Walker's "Dripping" and Jayne Cortez - "I See Chano Pozo."
DJ'ing on a Monday night at The Wag in Wardour Street was really special. Working with the likes of Gilles Peterson, Sylvester, Bob Jones and Chris Bangs was a musical education.
The ongoing friendly DJ competitiveness to break and play recently discovered tracks like Reverie "In Every Way", Irakere's "Chekere Son" and Oli Ahvenlahti's dancefloor fusion classic "Grandma's Rocking Chair" was all part of the appeal.
Gilles Peterson, Bob Jones and Kev Beadle's Talkin Loud Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls sessions became a major influence on the history of jazz dance culture, a 'one-stop' to hear exciting and up until then undiscovered gems from both the jazz and soul scene. Tunes like Kamal Abdul Alim's headnodding funk "Brotherhood", The Pharoah's "Freedom Road" and Roy Porter's "Jessica" all became 'Camden anthems' mainly because of the open-mindedness of both the DJs and the Sunday afternoon regulars as well as the hunger to hear new music.
So here is Kev Beadle's 'Private Collection'.