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Friday, Feb 05 2016 | 04:45
Image: 1601551 Kev Beadle is back on BBE with his new compilation Best Of Inner City Records.

Created by industry legend, MMO Music Group founder and true
godfather of karaoke (but that’s another story) Irv Kratka alongside
producer Eric Kriss, Inner City Records was formed in 1976. During its
decade or so in existence, the label put together a formidable catalogue
of jazz music and was voted Record Label Of The Year in 1979 by the
International Jazz Critics Poll. As well as ‘classic jazz’, the label also
gave a platform to more avant-garde material and dabbled in the
emerging ‘jazz fusion’ sounds of the day. Fondly remembered by jazz
lovers everywhere, the label boasts a particularly fervent fan-base in
London, where many of its releases found favour in the underground
dance clubs of Soho and Convent Garden. Fittingly enough, London DJ
and tastemaker Kev Beadle is the man chosen to put together this very
special compilation of Inner City’s finest moments. Having previously
curated projects for labels such as Blue Note and Cadet, Kev has dug
deep in the crates to emerge with this gem of an album.
From the soaring vocals of the jazz-fusion classic ‘The Other World’ by
Judy Roberts to the irrepressible dance-floor fire of Eddie Jefferson’s
‘Jeannine’, ‘The Best Of Inner City Records’ serves as a wonderful and
eclectic introduction to a label which is rightly remembered with a level of
affection which borders on reverence.

• limited edition double 180g vinyl and premium quality gatefold packaging
• First ever retrospective of the label with full support from the founder Irv Kratka
• Coverage assured on relevant websites & magazines, with full press & radio campaign in key territories

A1. Hiroshi Fukumura and Sadao
Watanabe - Hunt Up Wind
A2. Judy Roberts - The Other World
A3. Terumasa Hino - Send Me Your
B1. The Jeff Lorber Fusion - The Samba
B2. Helen Merrill - Vera Cruz
B3. Judy Roberts – Never Was Love
B4. Tom Lellis - Lucky Southern
C1. Janet Lawson Quintet – So High
C2. Joe Lee Wilson - Return Of The
Prodigal Son
C3. Eddie Jefferson – Jeannine
D1. Terumasa Hino - Samba De La Cruz
D2. Kellis Ethridge - Quickie Nirvana
D3. Urszula Dudziak – Shenkansen
D4. Carlos Franzetti – Pandora Available from 18.03.2016
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