Press

JAZZ ON FILM…FILM NOIR: MOOCHIN01

“Smartly designed with well researched notes, it’s a real treat for jazz fans & movie buffs alike…”

LONDON METRO

 

“These collections are unprecedented in presentation and sound quality”

Dave Gelly ~ The Observer ***** Rare 5 star review

 

“Unmissable, with the best remastering you can get”

BBC Music Magazine, Jazz CD of the month

 

“It not only ticks all the jazz box, but will also appeal to jazz enthusiasts and soundtrack experts.
An unmissable item with the best remastering you can get”

BBC Music Magazine jazz CD reissue of the month!
***** (5 STARS)

 

“Seven shadowy movie soundtracks with excellent annotation”

Mojo Magazine CD reissue of the month ***** (5 STARS)

 

“A stylish 5 Disc compilation”

Jack Massarick/London Evening Standard CD of the week

 

“An absolute labour of love” & “Cracking 5CD box Set”

The Independent ***** (5 STARS)

 

“7 Classic Jazz- inspired soundtracks in deluxe 5 CD boxset”

JAZZWISE MAGAZINE ***** (5 STARS)

 

“Beautifully packaged, with extensive sleeve notes and an ideal gift for any jazz lover”

Birmingham Post

 

“From a world where saxophones signal trashy sex, trumpets the sound of danger,here are 7 masterpieces of the art of Film Noir”

Q Magazine *****

 

 

JAZZ ON FILM…BEAT SQUARE & COOL: MOOCHIN02

 

“Hipsters and lounge lizards are in for a treat with this 5CD treasure chest that brings together 8 crucial outsider films of the late 50’s &  60’s”

JAZZWISE MAGAZINE ***** (5 STARS)

 

“If anything, this second five-disc-plus book(a generous 60 pages) set of classic jazz on film, far surpasses its excellent predecessor devoted to film noir”

BBC Music Magazine album of the month ***** (5 STARS)

 

JAZZ ON FILM…ITALIAN MOVIES

feat CHET BAKER & PIERO UMILIANI: MOOCHIN03

 

This three-CD package is well up to the standard we have come to expect from Moochin’ About, with excellent sound quality and a marvellously evocative cover.

The Observer – Dave Gelly ***** (5 STARS)

 

“Umiliani,whose scores bring out the soft, melancholy side of Baker’s style to perfection.This 3CD package is well up to the standard we have come to expect from Moochin’ About, with excellent sound quality and a marvellously evocative cover”

The Guardian ****

 

“The remarkable Umiliani drives Baker through one-take dolce vita dances, early electronic experiments and dark noir alleys”

Mojo Magazine ****

 

A 3CD set of rare musical joy from a period where Baker collaborated with one of the true gods of Italian cinema – Piero Umiliani.

Record Collector – Jonny Trunk ***** (5 STARS)

Chet didn’t participate on every track of this intriguing 3CD release. But when summoned he proved to be alert, firm lipped and quite comfortable with the surroundings.

Jazzwise – Roy Carr ***

 

“An important addition for Chet Baker fans, his performances whilst under Piero Umiliani’s wing, were some of the best of his career”

Jazz Journal

 

“This is a fascinating set covering a much-neglected niche of Baker’s career. Like the previous Moochin’ About sets, the sound quality is simply fantastic!”

Fanfare Magazine

 

‘Besides the soloists melancholic and dreamy Baker, it emerges superbly a colourful kaleidoscope of Italian Jazz of the sixties…’

All About Jazz – CD of the Week ***** (5 STARS)

 

‘Moochin About’s label offers us a superb 3CD Box, five highly remastered soundtracks in the rules of art…’

France Musique Radio – Olivier Le Borgne *****(5 STARS)

 

JAZZ ON FILM…THE NEW WAVE: MOOCHIN04

 

“These soundtracks helped change world cinema forever…”

Richard Neupert, Author of A History of French New Wave

 

un partenariat formidable

Le Soir*****

“A Sublime 6CD Collection of New Wave film scores”

Jazziz*****

 

2014 Box set of the year!

Rough Trade Records

 

This unique and comprehensive collection will appeal to jazz buffs who also like French New Wave cinema, with Moochin’ About’s presentation as physically attractive as always…

Fanfare Magazine

 

JAZZ ON FILM…BIOPICS: MOOCHIN06

 

Picture Perfect Soundtracks

The Guardian ***** (5 STARS)

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This time a collection of film soundtracks which will transform that ordinary day into one worthy itself of a film just by the sheer brilliance of the sound spilling from your speakers.

Cerys Matthews: 6Music

 

Music & Carols From The Welsh Mines ~

Rhos Male Voice Choir: MOOCHIN08

 

Every track on the album is astounding in its way… and about as affecting a musical performance of the 23rd Psalm (in English) as one need ever hear during one’s life on this old earth.

The Cinch Review: Music from the Welsh Mines

 

The dark sound, founded on an extremely solid bass line, is married to a quite unusual sense of blend and balance, providing great beauty throughout. I found myself almost hypnotized by its beauty. The perfectly judged recorded sound, spacious but also clear and focused, is another asset.

Fanfare Magazine ~ Henry Fogel

If there was ever an album to raise the hair on your arms, this is it…

Classic FM

The mesmerising and moving, Music From The Welsh Mines finally gets its re-release on CD, this very special recording by one of Wales’ foremost choirs will be accompanied for the first time with a bonus disc Songs Of Peace & Goodwill – a collection of Christmas carols record in 1958, one year after the original album which has also been remastered …

Gramophone ***** (5 Star)

 

 

Jazz On Film…Crime Jazz! : MOOCHIN07

 

“This celebration of American vintage noir turns up some period treasures and is a journey into a lost world

SUNDAY TIMES ~Clive Davis

 

“Gripping Film Themes from Henry Mancini and Elmer Bernstien in this classic box-set series..”

THE OBSERVER ~ Dave Gelly ***** (5 STARS)

 

 

Jazz On Film…Sidney Bechet French Movies: MOOCHIN10

 

The gusto and joie de vivre of his playing, its unhesitating confidence and throbbing vibrato are unique in jazz and I’m not alone in finding it irresistible.
THE GUARDIAN ~ Dave Gelly ***** (5 STARS)

 

Hovering in a golden blur between romantic glissade and a woozy swing…
MOJO ***** (5 STARS)

 

 

Jazz on Film: The New Wave II

 

‘This starry talent-packed deluxe box, containing 8CD’s and a copious stills illustrated booklet, enlarges on Moochin’ About’s label first ‘ Jazz on Film… The New Wave’ and this time endorsed by director Mike Leigh…’
JAZZWISE ~ Michael Horovitz ***** (5 STARS)

 

‘Highlights are a plenty, but tubby Hayes set for ‘All Night Long’, is a smokey twilight delight…’
MOJO ~ Andrew Male ***** (5 STARS)

 

‘At last, British Jazz gets a chance to shine in this monumental series of soundtrack box sets, which are always a rich and enjoyable collection…’
THE OBSERVER ~ Dave Gelly ***** (5 STARS)

 

Jazz On Film…David Amram’s Classic American Film Scores: 1956 ~ 2016

MOOCHIN09

‘A vast Panorama of Jazz Related work in film and theatre, in this absolutely deserving, strongly desired collection, that brings together these organic soundtracks’
ALL ABOUT JAZZ ~ CD of the Week ***** (5 STARS)
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‘This is pure wild class’
MOJO ~ Andrew Male ***** (5 STARS)
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   DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE (Christmas Gift Idea) ~ Bobby Reed

Its a treat to hear Amram’s music from films, but to hear his music for his theatrical productions, is even more special…

Its like gaining access to his personal collection…!

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE OST ~ DAVID AMRAM MOOCHIN11

Amram’s brilliant writing is an exemplar of innovative film scoring. Recorded in Los Angeles with such studio stalwarts as saxophonists Paul Horn, Harold Land and Jack Nimitz and trumpeters Carmel Jones and Joe Gordon, the music sounds as fresh today as it did in 1962 when the film was first released…

JAZZ TIMES *****

“I have always regarded David Amram as one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century and I don’t just mean for the cinema. Now thankfully his music, in America at least, is getting the exposure it so rightly deserves.”

John Williams  ~ Film Music Review

 

“David Amram has done a magnificent job. The score is exactly what I wanted for the film.” Frank Sinatra

“David Amram’s haunting score drives the movie forward and emphasizes perfectly all the dramatic elements.” 

John Frankenheimer

MAMBO FOR CATS ` VARIOUS MOOCHIN14

Mambo For Cats is an example of great hype. Bill Zeitung’s liner notes are over the top, in mad beatnik/jazz-DJ style, and the jacket art by Flora is superb.

ALL ABOUT JAZZ****

ALICE COLTRANE (TURIYASANGITANANDA) SOLO HARP IMPROVISATION MOOCHIN15

 

A fascinating, engaging and very rare, previously unreleased 9 minute Solo Harp Improvisation from Alice Coltrane, recorded in Poland in 1987 at the Jazz Jamboree festival in honour her late husband, the legendary John Coltrane. The B-side of this limited edition Record Store Day release features an etched lotus flower design incorporating her Sanskrit name, Turiyasangitananda. Absolutely essential release, don’t sleep.

TWISTED SOUL

 

 

 

CHAMELEONS VOX ~ STRANGE TIMES LIVE!  MOOCHIN17

 

They are sound of the rainy days and the beauty that leaks out of the most unlikely places in the post industrial city. They had that emotional power and the same deep, dark, brutal honesty of Joy Division.

Louder Than war*****

PERRY BLAKE ~ SONGS OF PRAISE MOOCHIN20

Songs of Praise is at the confluence of these first discs, Perry Blake works textures more electoniquies and moving, sometimes threatening and almost martial (Wrote You A Letter), other times soothed (Hyptia’s Lament)…a bipolar work of a feeling of reunion with a friend we’d lost sight of… Gregory Bodenes 5/6 *****

RPM MUSIC

THE 13 RECORDS NOT TO BE MISSED THIS SUMMER.!
The rhythm of the outings slows down in the middle of the summer. We suspend our topic Magic loves until August 30, not without recommending those outings that can not be a victim of your well-deserved vacation.

 

1. PERRY BLAKE – Songs of Praise
(Moochin ‘about / PIAS) – 19/07/2019

 

AFRO-AMERICAN FOLKLORE FROM TEXAS STATE PRISIONS MOOCHIN19

With full sleeve notes, this harrowing yet humane work, is essential for any fan of Black music … Remarkable

Blues & Rhythm ~ Gareth Thompson***** 

 

 

 

EDITH SITWELL/WILLIAM WATON ~ FACADE MOOCHIN21

 

Edith Sitwell’s poetry is loaded with thrilling word-play arabesques and wacky notions, but can, like habanero peppers, be difficult for some to digest in large doses. With music, they zip through baronial halls of absurdity.

Classical Net ***** (5 Star)

As for the performance, it stands above all others since … must remain a classic to the end of time

Gramophone ***** (5 Star)

Astonishingly successful, clear and atmospheric … With the classic Jim flora cover art, This performance [is] still the finest ever recorded … miraculously deft

Penguin Guide Recorded Classical Music ***** (5 Star)

 

 

CHAMELEONS VOX LIVE AT THE RITZ 2019 MOOCHIN26

As always with Moochin’ About, the packaging is a thing of beauty, with original artwork from Chameleons guitarist Reg Smithies…  Of course, they play all the classics, but it’s the way that they play them that counts. It sounds like these songs were written yesterday the way they are played with a freshness and dark power.

MOJO*****

Mark Burgess pours it out, his face crunched in rapt concentration. He feels the power of his music, it’s rare to see anyone that emotionally naked on stage and its really affecting. He must know that his band should have been huge, they had the power to touch people and they have never lost that power but there is no justice in rock n roll, just nights like this, packed rooms and people who know and feel the truth..

Still very special.

John Robb ~ Louder Than War