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Disc 1
01
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Cuban Nightingale
02 :26
02
George Browne Calypso Mambo
02 :22
03
Lord Beginner The Dollar and the Pound
02 :59
04
Lord Invader Goodwood Park
02 :55
05
Shake Keane Trumpet Highlife
02 :10
06
West African Rhythm Brothers Ominira
03 :07
07
Caribbean Swing Band Jordhu
03 :49
08
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Ghana Special
02 :11
09
Lord Kitchener Cricket Umpires
03 :00
10
Lord Kitchener Kitch's Mambo Calypso
02 :54
11
West African Rhythm Brothers Jekafo Ju Agbawo
03 :30
12 02 :53
13 03 :05
14
The Quavers Kitch
02 :37
15
Mona Baptiste Tabu
02 :50
16
Lord Kitchener Jamaica Turkey
03 :18
17
Mighty Terror Women Police in England
02 :43
18
Tejan-Sie with the West African Rhythm Brothers King Jimmy Foo Foo
02 :57
19
West African Swing Stars My Sorrow
02 :57
Disc 2
01
Dizzy Reece The Escape
01 :20
02
Mighty Terror Life in Britain
02 :52
03
Lord Kitchener Romance on the Queen Mary
02 :53
04
King Timothy Jiu Jitsu Calypso
02 :45
05
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Sway
02 :56
06
Fitzroy Coleman Quintet Uncle Joe
03 :00
07
Lord Beginner The Joe Louis Calypso
02 :34
08
Tony Johnson Marilyn Monroe Calypso
02 :50
09
Lili Verona Big Instrument
02 :45
10
Ginger Johnson Mambo Contempo
02 :21
11
King Timothy Football Calypso
02 :57
12
West African Rhythm Brothers Asikoloto
03 :01
13
Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band Song of Joy
02 :56
14
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Positive Action
02 :16
15
Tony Johnson Me Donkey Want Water
03 :02
16
Eric Hayden Belly Lick
02 :26
17
Rupert Nurse's Calypso Band Calypso Rhythm Dance
02 :28
18
Buddy Pipp's Highlifers Prospero
02 :36
19
Mighty Terror The Queen Is In
02 :46
20
West African Rhythm Brothers Nigeria Odowoyin
03 :31
ARTIST
TITLE
London Is the Place for Me: Afro-Cubism, Calypso, Highlife, Mento, Jazz -- The Music of Young Black London, 5 & 6
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
HJR 061CD HJR 061CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/16/2013

At last, fresh installments in Honest Jon's acclaimed, much-loved series: open-hearted, bittersweet, mash-up postcards to the here and now, from young black London. As then, calypso carries the swing. There are four more Lord Kitchener songs -- in consideration of his wife leaving him for a GI, cricket umpires, a fling onboard an ocean-liner and West Indian poultry -- besides a hot mambo cash-in, cross-bred under his supervision, and an uproarious, teasing Ghanaian tribute to him in Fanti by London visitors The Quavers. Other calypsos range compellingly from the devaluation of the pound through jiu jitsu, big rubbery instruments, football fans, heavyweight champ Joe Louis and the sexual allure of English women police. The Mighty Terror contributes the woe-begotten, cautionary tale of his beloved Patricia's change of heart. Ambrose Campbell is back, with six more shots of prodigal, limber, melancholic, visionary West African highlife. Also the Rolling Stones favorite Ginger Johnson with a percussive Latin scorcher; and Mona Baptiste with some wonderful, soulful exotica. Jamaican mento makes its first entry in the series, with a brace by Tony Johnson: a drily witty drinking-song, and a love-letter to Marilyn Monroe. Also finally getting some dues, the path-breaking Latin-African-jazz experiments of Ghanaian drummer and percussionist Buddy Pipp, with spine-tingling playing by the great Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott. Expert jazz idioms course sophisticatedly through all the selections, which include a straight-up, South London version of Duke Jordan's "Jordhu," something from Dizzy Reece's soundtrack -- brokered by Kenneth Tynan -- to the British crime film Nowhere to Go, and a trio of magnificently hybrid, hard-swinging instrumentals led in turn by master-guitarist Fitzroy Coleman, Kitch's innovative arranger Rupert Nurse, and trumpeter Shake Keane -- named after Shakespeare because of his love of poetry -- from St. Vincent. The CDs are beautifully presented as miniature books, saddle-stitched, with 40 pages of rare, precious photos of the musicians and their social milieu, and in-depth commentary.