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Track Listing
1. Sittin' On My Sofa
2. Days
3. Till The End Of The Day
4. Apeman
5. Victoria
6. Celluloid Heroes
7. I Gotta Move
8. Lola
9. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
10. Autumn Almanac
11. David Watts
12. I'm Not Like Everybody Else
13. Dandy
Ben Crosland Quintet
The Ray Davies Songbook Volume II
Jazz Cat Records
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Price £11.99
Ray Davies was every bit the songwriting genius that Lennon and McCartney were. Even without the lyrics, the music still stands on its own two feet. The Ray Davies Songbook Volume II arrives almost three years on from the release of the first volume, and effortlessly reinforces that opinion. Saxophonist Dave O'Higgins is at his finest on both B flat horns, John Etheridge reinforces his position in the top echelon of jazz guitarists goosed along by a rhythm section that's just Dandy! Not all of the tracks are numbers that hit the Top 20, several were B-sides which, in retrospect, had they been given the same amount of airplay that the A-sides received back in the day when pop fans studied the Melody Maker and NME charts as avidly as stockbrokers consulted the Financial Times then some of these gems would have had the recognition they deserved. They certainly get that here. Think of it as a hardbop blast. Who cares that the songs are not originals written by a Guildhall graduate or standards played at every jam east of Birdland? Ray Davies' songs and the "Postmodern Jukebox" has proved that there's still plenty of material out there to blow on and these guys certainly do that.
Reviews For The Ray Davies Songbook Volume II
The Jazz Mann - Ian Mann
"Another lovingly crafted set of arrangements, which in turn benefit from some great playing and a whole host of outstanding solos."
Jazz Journal - Roger Farbey
“Crosland has once again executed an album populated by enchanting readings of the oeuvre of one of pop’s most brilliant stars and true songwriting geniuses.”
Jazzwise Issue 243 – Andy Robson
“All respect to Crosland for pursuing his love for Ray Davies with this second splendid volume celebrating their songs/ Crosland's avoided the temptation of adding vox, leaving it to his fine array of frontmen to interpret Davies' melodic and lyrical sensibility. Whatever the song, all three soloists light up each track as only these top drawer artists can, with a special shout out to De Krom who provides a masterclass throughout.”
The Jazz Rag Issue 157 – John Martin
“Ben treats the material with the reverence and respect it deserves but also finds something different in Ray's compositions providing him with fresh opportunities in the songs, even when stripped of the composer's intelligent lyrics.”
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