Local legend Billy Jenkins' eight-track album of  jazz standards. In the words of Dave Gelly of the Observer: "Billy Jenkins is a joker. He takes the mickey – not out of jazz but out of jazz cliches. The easy way would be to play badly, but his way is to get everything going, sounding rather good and perfectly serious until… whoops! He is abetted by his Trio Blues Suburbia, the superb Jim Watson on organ, saxophonist Finn Peters and drummer Mike Pickering, who create the kind of subdued groove that some other musicians strive for and never quite achieve. My favourite track is "I'm Just a Lucky So-And-So", with Mr Jenkins essaying a vocal-guitar unison which comes out sounding like George Benson on acid." 

'Jazz Gives Me The Blues' CD by Billy Jenkins

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  • As a teenager Billy Jenkins recorded for legendary Clive Davis with artrock band Burlesque (72-77); with 'alternative musical comedy' duo Trimmer & Jenkins (79-82) before founding (81) the Voice of God Collective. He has recorded 40+ albums incl Motorway At Night, Entertainment USA and recordings about SE London Sounds Like Bromley, Greenwich, Still Sounds Like Bromley and Suburbia