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Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe (QB Smith / Warm Days Remixes)

Masa Sextet, Bembe Segue

Warm Days
Warm Days 00006 | 2012-08-06  
Initial reactions:
DJ Spinna - Beautiful Music Bro! Don't hear enough of this these days.
MdCL aka Mark de Clive-Lowe - rahhhhhhhhhh!!!! love it man.
Ralf Gum - Your best work to date.
Doruk Ozlen - Sounding very smooth.....nicee!! one of those that you just let play from start to finish.


It's an honour and joy to bring to to you with much love, from all around the world, from Japan to Johannesburg with London in between, this gem of a recording... (thanks to Shuya Okino, Patrick Forge, and Mr Matamura-San from Village Again Records):

Tracks 1 to 3:
Produced by QB Smith
Drums and synths QB Smith
Rhodes and piano Peter Edwards

Track 4:
Produced by Patrick Forge
Saxophone Masato Nakamura
Trombone Takao Hirose
Trumpet Hiderow Nishioka
Bass Kiyoshi Ikeda
Drums Nobuaki Fujii
Piano Shota Hisiyama

Written by Mary Maria Parks

Original licensed from Village Again Records, Japan.

All enquiries to


You may possibly recognise the "hard drinking rebel" Japanese saxophonist Masa's rasping tones from his previous recordings as part of both Mondo Grosso, and Sleepwalker, and, you might just recognise Bembe Segue's spiritual jazz styled vocals from any number of London broken beat classics from the likes of 4Hero, Mark de Clive-Lowe, New Sector Movements, and so on and on... If not, don't worry, you've now been introduced!

I first became aware of this song, Albert Ayler's Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe, via an Impulse Records compilation put together by one of the best DJs I've ever had the pleasure to hear, Mr Patrick Forge. Over ten years later, Patrick Forge is also the producer of Masa's recorded version of this song, remixed here. The original by Albert Ayler, sampled over the years by the likes of Hip Hop producer Madlib, is not for the faint-hearted, a trascendent, spiritual, free, deep, dare we say noisy brand of jazz, for the post-Coltrane era. (There's a South African connection, in that one of Ayler's better known works Spirits Rejoice, provided the name for the South African 70s jazz fusion group from the Soweto Pelican Club era, a band that included legendary figures from that time Mervyn Africa, Sipho Gumede, Robbie Jansen, and Duke Makasi.)

(Patrick,in case you don't know, as well as being one half of Da Lata, happens to have been the longest serving DJ on London's KIss FM, playing a mix of soul, jazz, house, and broken beat for over twenty years, a quality show unmatched by any I've ever heard before or since. As a teenager I heard Patrick and Gilles Peterson playing Sundays at the now legendary Talkin Loud in Camden Town, and much later on, for 10 years running I would go and hear Patrick play alongside Phil Asher, every Friday in West London at their Inspiration Information sessions.)

Mr Forge also happens to be very closely connected with various folks from the Japanese music scene, including another of the greatest DJs you could ever hear, Shuya Okino. If you ever happened across records on the Especial label, or from the group Kyoto Jazz Massive, you will already know Shuya. Rewind from today a couple years, and what we find is Shuya Okino, asking Patrick to produce Masa's solo album. In turn, Patrick asks various DJ/Producer friends such as Jurgen from Jazzanova, for suggestions of tracks for Masa and the band to do new versions of.

Luckily for me, one of those songs is Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe. And so two years ago, Patrick sends me this 13 minute long version by Masa, Bembe, and the guys. My immediate thought was that I needed to do the remix...

Which is what you're hopefully listening to now...


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