Five Blokes at the Vortex

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This episode of One Man's Jazz features an entire full set of music recorded in March at the Vortex Club in London. Originally the gig was set for Louis Moholo-Moholo's Four Blokes , but when the veteran drummer fell ill at home in South Africa, the band asked the fine English drummer Mark Sanders to fill in. Thus Five Blokes was born. Pianist Alexander Hawkins kindly contributed some thoughts about that night. The subsequent recording is part of a series of music being made available to raise funds for The Vortex Club. Also on the list is a very in-a-club sounding extended track from Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 from the quartet of Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker and Gerald Cleaver, Chad Taylor's latest, and the three founders of Yolk Records from France finally coming together as the trio, Clover. Please enjoy the other great artists as well.


  • James Carney Sextet "Throwing Shade" from Pure Heart (Sunnyside) 00:00
  • Host speaks 10:59
  • James Brandon Lewis, Chad Taylor "Seraphic Light/Radiance" from Live In Willisau (Intakt) 12:50
  • Kenny Warren Trio "The Air Conditioning" from In the Heat (Whirlwind) 19:49
  • Bill Gilliam, Glen Hall, Joe Sorbara "Cave Ritual" from Counterstasis—Refracted Voices (Self-released) 24:49
  • Host speaks 33:37
  • Clover "Ousontlesoiseaux" from Vert Emeraude (Yolk) 35:20
  • Theo Girard "Fire Alert" from Bulle (Discobole) 40:17
  • Chad Taylor Trio "Untethered" from The Daily Biological (Cuneiform) 45:35
  • Host speaks 50:53
  • Threadbare "Untitled" from Silver Dollar (No Business) 52:08
  • Host speaks 1:00:05
  • Guest speaks 1:01:24
  • Five Blokes "South African Medley" from Five Blokes Live at the Vortex Jazz Club (Vortex) 1:06:03
  • Host speaks 1:58:39
  • Peripheral Vision "Kopfkino" from Irrational Revelation & Mutual Humiliation (Self-released) 1:59:01
  • Dave Holland "QW3" from unreleased (Vortex) 2:06:51
  • Clover "Alabougie" from Vert Emeraude (Yolk) 2:14:34
  • Liberty Ellman "Portals" from Last Desert (Pi) 2:19:09
  • Host speaks 2:27:34
  • Daniel Carter, Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver "Ear-Regularities" from Welcome Adventure Vol. 1 (577 Records) 2:28:42
  • Host speaks 2:48:39
  • Geordie McDonald "Naima" from Blue Mythos (Sonavision) 2:49:41

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