Music for Jazz Dancers

A 12 track bebop album (1h 4m 48s) — released May 31st 2010 on Freestyle Records

'Music for Jazz Dancers' is a selection of hot & exclusive tunes taken directly from DJ Adrian Gibsons' sets at 'Messin' Around', the club he has been running for 14 years with DJ Perry Louis (who is also the leader of the Jazz CoTech Dancers) The UK Jazz-Dance Scene is a uniquely positioned scene that has sent shock waves around the world and influenced countless artists, DJ's and Dancers. Despite this, it is surprisingly sparsely documented with regards to CD's, Books and articles detailing the songs, dance moves, key DJ's, dancers and clubs. Luckily, we recently had the fantastic 'From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz' by Freestyle recording artist/DJ and now author Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove' Peter Herbolzheimer's Rhythm Combination & Brass featuring Dianne Reeves kick off the CD with a storming rendition of the Ray Noble jazz standard 'Cherokee' which was initially made famous by Charlie Parker. Other highlights include Primo & the Groupe's 'A Child Runs Free', a wonderful modern take on Fred Johnson's notoriously rare Vocal Jazz track, and Marcos Ariel's 'Samba Torto' which is Brazilian Samba-Fusion of the highest order. Music For Jazz Dancers draws together be-bop, nu-jazz, big band and samba/jazz fusion sounds, the common denominator being that they all inspire hot heeled hoofers to throw jazz shapes across discerning dancefloors the world over! If you like what you have heard you can visit some of the Jazz-Dance clubs like 'Shiftless Shuffle' or 'Out To Lunch' to experience the music and atmosphere for yourself.

The sparsely documented UK jazz dance scene has enjoyed some deserved attention this year: first thanks to Snowboy's impeccably researched booik: From Jazz Funk t& Fusion To Acid Jazz, and now with Adrian Gibson's oustanding collection of florr fillers from his 'messin Around' club night that has been a driving force in the scene for the past 14 years! - Shook magazine

DJ Adrian Gibson has come up with an impeccable selection of tunes. By some distance the most compelling and adventurous various artists jazz compilation of the year thus far. - Vibe magazine

There’s never any shortage of jazz compilations and in the sub genre of ‘smooth’ there in abundance, but there only a handful aimed squarely at dancers who prefer high octane Jazz. So hat’s of to Freestyle Records head A&R man Adrian Gibson for putting together a ‘real-deal’ batch for this purpose. This compilation is not just for those who can pull off a knee drop or two, It’s a collection of tunes that have energy and fire. Music that excites rather than dulls the senses, a perfect antidote to all those play-it-safe jazz comps. - Soulm8 magazine Phil Levene

A really old school-styled compilation - just the sort of jazz groove set we first started loving many years back! Most of the tracks here have a 70s soulful or modal approach and the overall feel is live, acoustic jazz - spun out with a great deal of warmth and soul, in the kind of upbeat grooves that used to play big at Dingwalls, during the years when Patrick Forge and Gilles Peterson were helming the dancefloor! This set's put together by Adrian Gibson, of the Jazz Cafe who's got a resume almost as impressive as Peterson, and he's also managed to throw in a few contemporary cuts, but ones that still retain a wonderfully classic feel! Great stuff all the way through! - Dusty Groove America

If you like jazz which is exciting, and you can dance to, look no further, as this album is just what the Doctor ordered. Jazz covers many different styles, yet this kind of jazz is so rarely heard, or appears on albums, making it so hard to find. Music For Jazz Dancers is a first class selection of dance jazz, compiled by Adrian Gibson, a DJ who knows his music, as you will discover when you hear the tracks. - Soul Show - BBC radio Paul Miller

You can tell the love on this album and the absolute joy Gibson had in compiling this dance floor gem. It just doesn't let up, vital jazz that positively drips with rawness and excitement, big bands, speedy sambas and modal madness, boldness so rare which leaves most albums on the pile sounding bland and naemic. - Blues & Soul magazine Emrys Baird

A fresh batch of quality jazz-dance tunes, wouldn't hesitate playing anyone of these at a Jazz-Dance session. - Starpoint Radio Phil Levene

I will definiely play this on air and out - I wanna wig out right now! - Radio Reverb DJ Kappa

This is the kind of release which explains why we all love Freestyle. Not only good albums, but also marvellous compilations like this one! Impressive jazzdance that should really work on dancefloors. - Enlace Funk magazine Santiago Tadeo Cervera

A great compilation that represents exactly what dancefloor jazz is all about. - Solar Radio Kev Beadle

A full fired assault on and self respecting dance floor!! - Diesler

Seriously big - a must have for all the hip cats... fire indeed from start to end! - Nick Record Kicks

Amazing & Lovely! - WYRB/RBMA Radio Osunlade

IDJ,Floor technicians,Jazz Defektors & others arise the Jazz Dance is back - Paul 'ABBO' Abbott

This is just what the doctor ordered. Dance floor vitamin treats! - DJ Junior

Tracks that appeal equally to the young party peeps and the older jazz heads are what makes releases like this so essential! - KMHD and MoGlo radio DJ Santo

Awesome compilation!! seriously big!! - Bernd "Kinski" Roesler

lovely warm up gear..happy jazz dancer gear! - organik recordings Jon Kennedy

A simply marvelous comp!!! Each song just worth it to be played out! - Radio Corax 95.9fm Markus Miltz

This is a good as I was expecting and hoping... EXCELLENT! - Basic Soul Simon Harrison

Takes me back to my dancing days at Electric Ballroom 1982 and the Lyceum all dayers so very nostalgic for me personally - Soul Survivors Magazine Fitzroy Da Buzzboy

The fact that this is a quality compilation of dancefloor Jazz tracks encompassing firmly established classics AND exciting new discoveries goes to show that the Jazz Dance scene is alive and well and in the safe hands of DJ's like Adrian Gibson - The Bamboos Lance Ferguson

A swirling vortex of sound. Impressive on record, must be mind blowing live! - Hip City Radio Show Christopher Lawyer

A seriously tidy effort to bring back the moves! - Jazz Rooms Club Night Blair Stafford

Tremendous collection of jazz riches, don't know what else to say but...essential! - Urban Landscapes Radio Velanche

Essential! A real Jazz Dance session. Jazz Love! - Simone Vimercati

CLASSIC! - WHCR 90.3 FM NYC Michael Stukes

An absolute cracker of a collection of magical jazz dance moments, so funky, so smooth - a real treat - Edinburgh Evening News Grant Paterson

Jazz dj heaven! Thank you… - Further Out Recordings Richard E

Wonderful release. Bristling with seriously demanding tunes. Every one of them a monster! - Craig Charles Show Simon Hodge (producer)

Freestyle Records hit us with a SUPERB set of Jazz dancers that have electrified the UK Jazz dance scene, embracing tracks from the past 4 decades. I find myself exhilarated, excited and emboldened by sets like this - well, music like this more's the point. It's passionate, romantic, powerful, lively, exuberant, often chaotic and above all else FREE. It's this freedom, the simplicity of expression (as Billy Cobham would have it) that grabs me and boy do these songs capture, in a nutshell, what real and true Jazz is all about. The set flows on with finesse, class and style. It is an essential release in every sense. Pop it into your CD player, flick on your iPod or whatever - and just enjoy. - Soulchoonz Barry Towler

This is the sort of album I go to bed dreaming about! There are compilations, and then there are compilations. This is one of the best for a long time. Congratulations to all involved – more please. - Jazz FM Peter Young

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