Growing up in Gravesend and listening to Pirate radio, I discovered the sounds of electro which then via the likes of Nucleus "Jam On It" took me into exploring the sounds of jazz funk. As a school boy I would bunk Friday morning assembly to visit Norman in the local market as he always had fresh sounds on a Friday and that was the beginning of becoming a proper junkie.
With my friend Craig we started some residencies around Gravesend before joining Eddie Gordon's roster at the Waterfront with the likes of Colin Hudd and Pete Tong. With Craig we transitioned a proportion of Kent out of the soul boy scene into a jazz dance scene on the back of the rare groove explosion. When the rave scene became established our focus was on keeping the jazz vibe alive at legendary gigs in the late 80s and 90s including the Slammer, Liberation, Brooklyn, Living Easy and Lashings.
I also had regular guest spots at the famous Sunday Dingwalls Talkin Loud sessions and shared a Fridge residency with James Lavelle as well as various other London clubs and the Livewire soul weekenders.
The Healing Force (....as music is the Healing Force of the Universe) is the perfect way to end the weekend with our focus on spiritual jazzy sounds alongside a healthy dose of jazz funk, fusion, funk, boogie, brazilian and soul and anything that sounds good and fits nicely in the shadows of Coltrane, Max Roach and Joe Henderson. Tune in to hear the masters alongside the likes of TCQ, Goldie to Jhelisa Anderson and the Young Disciples!
This week's Healing Force playlist
Augustus Pablo - Natural Way
Eunince Collins - At the Hotel
Cortex - Troupeau Blue
The Visitors - Fables of Africa
Shankar Jaikishan - Raga Bhairav
Hal Singer & Jef Gilson - Liberation
Charles Sullivan - Field Holler
Sonny Stitt - Tornado
Patrice Rushen - Jubilation
Gonzales - Together Forever
Stevie Wonder - Golden Lady
Rosemary Clooney & Woody Herman - I Believe in Love
Nanette Natal - It's Over
StrataVarious - Let Me Be Your Lady Tonight
Orphy Robinson - Golden Brown
Marlena Shaw - Go away Little Boy
Jimmy Caravan - Little Bird
JackSoul - Unconditional Love
Sylvia - Next Time That i See You
The Blossoms - Grandma's Hands
Ed Kelly & Friends (incl. Pharoah Saunders) - You Got to Have Freedom
Goodie - You and I
Eunince Collins - At the Hotel (instrumental)