blakey/gilmore

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#1 Thu, 1994-08-25 04:55
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blakey/gilmore

Interesting little story re them from my pal Jim Godbolt who writes the house mag for Ronnie Scott (" Jazz at Ronnie Scotts " if anyone wants a copy i can arrange ) and has been around the London scene as author ( History of Jazz in Britain 1919 - 1970 2 vols, promoter, agent, eminence grise, enfent terrible etc)

He was talking to Ray Smith ( Ray's Jazz Shop , Shaftsbury Avenue) about John Gilmore , Ray recalled a conversation whith Blakey who was browsing in the shop ( checking hios album sales ?) . Ray was a Gilmore fan and asked Blakey about him. 'Trouble was' said Blakey 'he wanted to play for the stars and i wanted him to play for the people' Ahhhhhhh !

bob lamb