Jazz pianist KENNY COX is a name known chiefly to connoisseurs of the genre. Cox (1940 -2008) began his career accompanying Etta James before moving onto work with trombonist George Bohannon. By the end of the 60s Cox was fronting his own quintet and they recorded two LPs for Blue Note. Working out of Detroit he also played sessions with plenty of jazz “names” and he also founded the short-lived Strata Records. He saw his label a vehicle for musicians in which to create freely without major label bureaucracy and the restrictions typically imposed upon commercial artists.
Over the past year or so bbe Record in collaboration with New York’s 180 Proof Records have been reissuing archive material from Strata and their latest offering is a single on Cox himself. The track, ‘Lost In My Love’ comes from Cox’s first and only solo album ‘Clap Clap! The Joyful Noise’ and here bbe/180 Proof offer the original album mix alongside a re-imagining from Berlin-based duo Re.Decay and DJ Amir.
The original album mix is a bossa-tinged, flute and mellotron string-laden, laid-back jazz-fusion confection featuring Cox’s delicate electric piano chords. The new mix continues the ethereal atmosphere but just adds a contemporary edge to proceedings.
The mixes will be available on 12” vinyl from March 5th via bbe Records. Both mixes will also be available digitally.