From the darktown strutters ball of New Orleans to the dancehalls of downtown Kingston, Pete Cunningham takes you on an international vacation of sound. Expect Ska, Hot Jazz, R’n’B & Soul.
What was the first record you ever bought?
Actual vinyl record would have been a Dub Compilation I picked up in Madrid when I was about 13. It was on Jamaican Recordings and had stuff like King Tubby, Don Carlos, Tappa Zukie & Johnny Clarke on it.
What kind of music do you like to play?
The market’s a great opportunity to pick out records I rarely get the chance to play in clubs. Playing a lot of old New Orleans stuff like Kid Ory or Louis Prima always pricks the ears up of the older generations as there was a big revival of that sound in the 50s. I end up getting in some really long conversations about record collections and who they’d seen back in the day… Always fascinating.
Your ultimate Desert Island tracks?
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme – The whole album I’m afraid, one of the most expressive pieces of music ever written.
Oby Onyioha – Enjoy Your Life – Straight up boogie time on the beach
Paul Simon – I Know What I Know – The whole Graceland album is one of my favourites, but the backing vocals on this one bring a smile to my face every time!
Holst – The Planets – I imagine they’ll be some clear skies at night, I can imagine spending many evenings with this on, staring into space
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Jamaica Ska – Dancing to this everyday would both keep me in shape and keep me smiling.
If you were a wrestler, what would your intro song be?
Professor Longhair – Big Chief Part 2