★★★★½ "This is an exciting, vibrant, big band playing some great charts and its appeal goes well beyond a nostalgic older generation." -
All About Jazz
★★★★ "These loud, proud pieces of music have clearly been plucked from obscurity due to their outrageous danceability...An ebullient package for retro soul-funk instrumental junkies." - The Arts Desk
"Just right summarises this whole LP...it feels good to lovingly caress a solid vinyl disc in a sleeve built to last and with a sound that filled every nook and cranny." - Bebop Spoken Here
The second release by My Only Desire Records are four previously unreleased tracks of funky big band jazz, from a group led by composer/arranger Dave Gold, who recorded extensively for cult library labels KPM and Bruton Music.
Recorded in 1974 for BBC Radio 2, Gold blows the cobwebs off the classic big band sound, updating it with electric piano and bass and mixing it with rock, funk and a large dose of humour. His band includes saxophonist Ronnie Ross, trombonist Chris Pyne and Dankworth Big Band drummer Harold Fisher.
The music includes the title track, a glorious arrangement of a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which perfectly fuses jazz-rock with a sophisticated big band sound. Plus a cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Pocketful of Keys”, which strips back the US singer-songwriter’s original song revealing an infectious theme, complete with fantastic flute soloing. The two originals from Gold are “O’Connell Street”, a funky jaunt around mid-70s Dublin, whilst “Nostalgia (Ain’t What it Used to Be)” suddenly flips on its head, moving from schmaltzy late night jazz to jazz-funk courtesy of some killer drum breaks.
The son of the Dixieland saxophonist and bandleader Harry Gold, Dave is most famous for his jazz library compositions. Contributing tracks to KPM Music's cult "1000" series and the equally popular Bruton Music label, from the late '60s until the early '80s. Leading to his work becoming highly collectible among library music aficionados, DJs and producers looking for rare breaks and fans of British jazz.
'Heaven on their Minds' will delight all of the above and should lead to a resurgence of interest in this hugely talented composer, arranger and band leader.
Preview entire album: www.myonlydesirerecords.com/dave-gold-big-band-heaven-on-their-minds/