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Track Listing
1. All Day And All Of The Night
2. Waterloo Sunset
3. You Really Got Me
4. See My Friend
5. Ev'rybody Gonna Be Happy
6. Sunny Afternoon
7. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion
8. Tired Of Waiting For You
9. Dead End Street
Artist:
Ben Crosland Quintet
Title:
The Ray Davies Songbook
Label:
Jazz Cat Records
Cat No:
JCCD116
Format:
CD
Price £11.99
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• Ray Davies’ songs are rooted in the blues, music hall, popular song, variety and musical theatre – the perfect vehicles for jazz interpretation. Ben Crosland began his musical education at the age of 13 by taking up the drums and the Kinks’ singles were constantly on the Dansette as he played along in his bedroom. 50 years on, as bandleader and composer/arranger, he is again discovering new subtleties and strengths in these wonderful compositions and has assembled a quintet of international quality to perform these imaginative arrangements.

• John Etheridge(guitar), Dave O'Higgins (tenor / soprano saxes), Steve Lodder (piano / keys) , Sebastiaan de Krom (drums) and Ben Crosland (bass).
Reviews For The Ray Davies Songbook
Jazzwise - Andy Robson
What there is is a lot of affection, a lot of respect for those unforgettable melodies and a whole lotta damn fine playing ***
Sunday Times - Clive Davis
All Day and All Of The Night and You Really Got Me cleverly juggle the beat, while Sunny Afternoon floats on a mellow reggae pulse.
The Guardian - Dave Gelly
It’s remarkable how comfortable these melodies sound in their new settings. Dedicated Follower of Fashion swings ferociously, and who would have imagined Sunny Afternoon with a reggae groove? ****
The Times - Chris Pearson
As Beatlemania gathered pace in the Sixties, it became almost compulsory for any jazz album in pursuit of an audience to include a Lennon and McCartney tune. Many became standards and are still in the jazz repertoire today. Ray Davies’s songs, written for the second-best British band of the decade, the Kinks, were not so fortunate. This is a pity because, with their tight construction and literate lyrics, they are arguably superior. This fun album by the British bass guitarist Ben Crosland corrects that oversight. ★★★★☆
The Wire - Philip Clark
the real joy is hearing Davies's melodic lines stripped of their lyrics where, like the jazzman's customary tipple of Gershwin and Cole Porter, their harmonic ingenuity leaves plenty of scope for linear improvisation. The tumbling chromatic free fall of Davies's bass line giving Dave O'Higgins plenty of melodic meat upon which to chew
Jazz Journal - Barry Witherden
Direct, physical excitement. ****
Jazz Views - Eddie Myer
The Ray Davis songbook makes a surprisingly strong candidate for jazz re-interpretation. & those after a sunny mix of strong melody, sympathetic arrangements and polished playing will find much here to delight them.
Blues In Britain - Trevor Hodgett
…yearning guitars, poignancy, technical prowess, this album serves as a reminder that Davis was a memorable melodicist.
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