The Jazz Room compiled by Paul Murphy

by Paul Murphy

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    SIDE A
    1. Imperial Tiger Orchestra - Emnete (Live)
    2. Art Pepper - Mambo De La Pinta

    SIDE B
    1. New York Ska Jazz Ensemble - Boogie Stop Shuffle
    2. Lucas Van Merwijk & his Cubop City Big Band - 4Beat Cha Cha Cha
    3. Terje Terasmaa - Yatra-Ta

    SIDE C
    1. Rhythmagic Orchestra - African Mailman
    2. Onward International - Foot In The Door
    3. Blue Mode - Smells Like Teen Spirit

    SIDE D
    1. Mamelon - Koumba Fri Fri
    2. Art Ensemble of Chicago - Zombie
    3. Shola Adisa-Farrar & Florian Pellissier Quintet - Sorrow, Tears And Blood
    4. Patchworks - Tribute To Mulatu

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UK jazz dance hero Paul Murphy teams up with BBE Music to deliver his first compilation on the label: a blazing selection of up-tempo jazz titled ‘The Jazz Room’.

Lauded by none other than Gilles Peterson as “the original messenger of jazz who found almost every dancefloor classic”, Paul began DJing in 1970s London. His passion and unique playing style placed him at the epicentre of an emerging jazz-dance scene in the city, popping off in spots like The Horseshoe (aka Jaffas), The Wag, The 100 Club, The Blue Note and The Electric Ballroom, where he founded the now famous ‘Jazz Room’, after which this album is named.

Paul’s influence on UK Jazz culture simply can’t be overstated, from his short-lived but much beloved imprint Paladin Records to his unswerving support of home-grown talents such as Working Week, Morrissey Mullen & Paz.

As a DJ, his musical selections still live large in the memories of those who experienced them. As Coldcut’s Jonathon More put it “Paul Murphy used to play the most frenzied and far out funky jazz at my Meltdown warehouse parties”.

‘The Jazz Room’ nicely encapsulates the reason so many greats feel moved to wax lyrical about Paul Murphy’s ear for dance-floor jazz, which is very clearly undimmed after decades behind the decks. Deftly mixing contemporary sounds with trusted bullets that his 1980s audiences will remember well, these tracks are vibrant and potent, with a couple of fiery live recordings thrown in for extra energy and sweat.

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released October 4, 2019

Paul Murphy

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BBE London, UK

Sometime after the Universal Robot Band and sometime before where we are now, a pair of DJ/promoter/whatevers, Pete Adarkwah and Ben Jolly, ran a successful club night named after our eponymous song, playing a joyful mix of all they considered good. 'Wouldn't it be fun,' they mused, 'To release some of these tunes?' And so BBE (Barely Breaking Even) was born. ... more

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