Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Corey Mwamba

Check out the post of Corey Mwamba for an excellent piece of writing. As always I agree with everything he says.Unfortunately quite a lot of youth make the decision to glorify in what they call "Thuglife" as if its something to aspire to instead of to avoid at all costs.When Rubbish like chasing "Bling" Drugs,Cars etc take the place of Hard work and studying and is actively encouraged through the media as some sort of badge of honour,Then Society is in a bad state.When so called street talk pervades society in such a way that young people find it difficult to express themselves in audible sentences without resorting to mumbling most of the time,Then there's serious problems in society.
When to be civil, to have some manners, say please and thank you to someone is seen as a sign of weakness.Then something is seriously wrong.It should be common sense but when we see and hear the rubbish that comes out of the mouths of our politicians, we can understand that sense isn't by any means common.
Another thing I can identify with is where Corey goes on to say that the standards of behaviour set out by his parents meant that being a thug was never a career option and I must say for myself and many of my friends it was never even something to contemplate.Yet I do know of whom I went to school with and others who chose and I do say chose that way of life, who are either dead now or in some place where their liberty is severely restricted.They made that life style call for themselves,nobody forced them into that.Disaffected youth and all the other Buzz words used by people who should know better, help to keep this nonsense going, which in turn leads to Young lives being lost before their full potential is realised. I hope that if their eventual tragic outcomes make some of the youths stop and think before they choose the "thuglife" of Knives,guns etc over one of decent honest hard work, we can move away from this madness.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Elton Dean R.I.P

Sad news about the passing of Saxophonist Elton Dean a towering figure on the UK improv circuit as well playing with the Soft machine band he would feature with the Jazz Rumours musicians in stoke newington etc. an engaging and encouraging personality with a good sense of humour.That's the second giant of the scene to go recently guitarist Derek Bailey being the first around christmas.

The Recycle collective next gig on 22nd February

Press release - Steve Lawson, Orphy Robinson, Patrick Wood
and Roger Goula live at the Recycle Collective

Fast becoming one of the must-see monthly events on the London music
scene, this month the Recycle Collective features the lauded percussionist,
improviser and composer, former Jazz Warrior Orphy Robinson. Orphy
will be playing in a duo with Spanish electronics and guitar wizard, Roger

The other half of this ‘double duo’ gig sees the UK’s leading solo bass
experimenter Steve Lawson paired with the Works frontman, keyboardist/
guitarist Patrick Wood.

The Recycle Collective, started by Steve Lawson, seeks to bring together
noted improvising musicians for evenings of largely improvised music. The
focus is on ‘live looping’ - the process of recording parts as the song unfolds,
and then layering and manipulating the audio without the reliance
on pre-recorded material, leading to highly textured and often beautiful
ambient sounds, electronica and IDM combined with jazz and improv.
Musicians from all over the globe are lining up to be involved, and the
infectious enthusiasm of the players is definitely rubbing off on the highly
appreciative audiences.

Previous performers include BJ Cole, Cleveland Watkiss and Theo Travis.

Date - Feb 22nd Time - doors 7pm, music 8pm
Venue - Darbucka World Music Bar, Clerkenwell, London, EC1 4JZ
Nearest Tube - Farringdon
Tickets - £6/£4 concessions.

further information, photos, interviews etc. available via Steve Lawson -
steve@stevelawson.net tel - 020 8361 1190

artist websites -
www.stevelawson.net www.orphyrobinson.com
www.worksmusic.net www.geocities.com/rogergoula

www.stevelawson.net - site
www.stevelawson.net/store/ - shop
http://steve.anthropiccollective.org - blog

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Ambrose Campbell

Interesting article in the Observer today about the origins of black music in the U.K.The added interest for me is that One of the original band memebers of the Ambrose Campbell band was Ade Bashorun who's son the phenomenally talented Pianist Joe Bashorun was in my band and played on the 2 albums I recorded for Blue Note records.So I was fortunate to hear some good anecdotes about the British Jazz scene before he died.Anyway check out the article .
Also look out for the compilation albums "LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME" as the next one number 3 features some music from the West African scene in the Uk from the 40s.

A little bit of Millenium time fun

 Dear Tech Support:
> Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a
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> Signed,
> Desperate
> ------------------
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> Good Luck,Tech Support
> ------------------
> Dear Technical Support,

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