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The Roundtable – Spinning Wheel (Jay Boy, 1970)

TheRoundtableSpinningWheelNick: Well….

so far….

I love it!

it’s strangely eclectic music.

parts of it sound almost middle ages, madrigal melodies.

and then you combine that with jazz, chamber music.

but it works.

aha! there’s some Beatles in it as well.

I have a strange feeling I’ve heard this before.

sounds extremely familiar to me.

I love it.

absolutely riddled with influences!

they’ve dragged it from everywhere.

beautifully done.

hmmm sounds like a crumhorn?

I think you may be right.

only shows you that it can be done, very often when you mix styles and influences it ends up, you know, a nothing sort of hodge podge.

but this works extremely well.

I’m going to play this quite a bit.

it kind of reminds me of Gill Evans as well.

the things he did with Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain and the other one.

it’s also done with a sense of humour.

sense of fun more really, it’s not ‘funny’ per se.

yeah I guess your right.

and some great musicians.

{track 8: Spinning Wheel}


that’s not just a sense of fun, it’s the sort of thing Thelonious Monk would do.

that’s a sense of humour.

it’s good to hear people making music like that.

you wonder, where does that go?

it’s a pity that it’s a once off…or maybe not, maybe stuff like this should be a rarity.

it’s amazin’ what raisins can do!

you can tell this guy, I like his taste.

‘This guy’ is Paul over at the wonderful treasure trove that is Spiral. I asked Paul to recommend ‘something relatively crazy’ for Nick to review and he certainly came up with the goods. Get it here.




Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Gok (Geographic, 2009)


We’ve done Maher Shalal Hash Baz before but this time it’s them and Scottish pianist Bill Wells.

Nick: have we?

yep, the record’s called Gok.


well it opens kind of nice but gloomy.

Helen: it’s a deathmarch.

yes I was just about to say, funeral march-y.

this reminds me of the stuff, well some of the stuff…..he worked as an arranger with Miles Davis?

Gill Evans?

YES! very good, reminds me of Gill Evans.

I was thinking more Vince Guaraldi, but drunk.

I don’t know him.

the guy from the Peanuts soundtrack, Charlie Brown?

when I open my Peanuts books, I don’t get a soundtrack.

I could play you bits from Sketches of Spain that sound like this.

like, I couldn’t ehm…..I couldn’t listen to this for a long time.

the last time we did these guys you said;this is one of the only things you’ve played me recently that I would happily listen to again. extremely likeable.”

ah! yeah well I probably wouldn’t listen to it for hours.

{Track 9 -Time Takes Me So Back}

is she singing a combination of English and French?

I have no idea.

sounds like it.

the only thing I don’t like about it, is the lack of tempos changes, and the tempo seems to be draggy, slow to the point of draggy.

{Track 14 -Banned Announcement}

see? it’s nice to have something jaunty like that.

is that someone whistling?

I was having a pretty shitty day on Saturday, nothing going right. I was looking forward to heading into RSAG in Whelans, that was the light at the end of the shitsaturdaytunnel, but then my friends lamed out on me, too tired, too broke, too busy yadda yadda yadda. Oh boy was I mad! So mad I just lay motionless on my bed for half an hour, staring out the window at the moon. Yep, pretty mad alright.

But then I got up and got out, walked to Tesco with this record in my ears for the first time, smile growing larger by the second. I bought some beer and skipped home, marveling at all the boring things I walk by everyday.