Guitarist, singer, and harmonica ace Robin Rogers' life was full of hard knocks and sad turns, along with a few delightful coincidences, and she earned the right to sing the blues the tough, old-fashioned way, but sadly, she lived for only a short time after gaining her widest recognition as a solo artist.
Jazz at Greville Lodge vol.2 features pianist Mike Carr and guitarist Jim Mullen. Live recording from November 2009. Mike Carr (b. 1937), jazz pianist and organist, established his reputation on the London jazz scene working with such heavyweights as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Griffin, Illinois Jacquet and Art Farmer. "l've never heard an organist who has all that swinging“ commented Oscar Peterson. Carr is a prolific musician who released numerous highly acclaimed albums. Jim Mullen (b. 1945) is a truly original voice in contemporary jazz guitar, who has won many British music awards including ,,Best Guitar“ in the BT Jazz Awards in 1994, 1996 and 2000. With many recordings to his credit, Mullen has recently recorded as a member of The All Stars Collective on the Paul McCartney-produced album All About The Music.
A return look and listen to this historical and breathtaking collaboration between two of the great figures of modern music should naturally be prefaced by a few key facts. Although this album presents itself as the soundtrack to the film The Hot Spot, like many such releases it bares little relation to the music that was actually used in the film — not that much of this music was actually used. All one really needs to know about the film itself, other than the fact that it was directed by Dennis Hopper, is that it is awful, even by bad film standards. That it was the impetus for this marvelous music to be made is something listeners should be thankful for, particularly fans of either Miles Davis or John Lee Hooker