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Baker's Dozen

Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson's Favourite Albums
Jennifer Lucy Allan , October 14th, 2019 08:45

Tales of the oddest record shop on Tyneside and much more as Richard Dawson guides Jennifer Lucy Allan through an unsurprisingly diverse selection of records in this week's Baker's Dozen


Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah
The quintessential cover of this one is a CD release where he's sat looking grumpy as fuck at a piano. It's really good. 

This is one of the first things I bought when I started working at Windows. I came in after the weekend and chatted to this guy Robert about it, and I remember I said that it was funny, and a lot of fun, but that I also felt like it was really angry. And he said “yes, that's very perceptive”. I remember having this flush of pride because I'd been perceptive about an album. Of course Charles Mingus is angry, but back then I had no idea of the history of jazz or where it comes from. 

It's so relentless. I love this track 'Ecclusiastics' – it's like The Magic Roundabout, but it gets to this really free thing where he's just shouting all over the record... [does impression of Charles Mingus] and there's hardly really any melodies to it… [imitates horns]… like alarm sounds going off everywhere, it's really frantic. I understand now that it is a furious record.