THE FILTHY SIX is a UK based soul/jazz band  who aim to maintain the traditions of labels like Blue Note. Band leader is trumpeter Nick Etwell (who’s worked with people like Tom Jones, Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons) while the ensemble have played with artists like Amy Winehouse, Mavis Staples, Jill Scott, Beck, Mark Ronson, Jack White, Dionne Warwick, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, David Axelrod, Ronnie Spector, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Basement Jaxx, Spiritualized, 4hero, Atomic Bomb Band, Madness, Galactic and the James Taylor Quartet to name but a few. 

Their latest recorded offering is the oddly named ‘Mr. Shmingle Bangle’ – a rework of a tune that Etwell recorded a year or so back. He now firmly places it in soul/jazz setting  – he says, “reminiscent of Cannonball Adderley’s “Azule Serape” from his iconic ‘Live at the Lighthouse’ album.”

See if you agree when  the Filthy Six’s new ‘Mr. Shmingle Bangle’ wins release via Color Red on November 12th.  

The title of the tune, by the way, is a refence to one of Etwell’s old college roommates, James Bush. It seems James was quite a character with a special way with words, using odd phrases like “shmingle bangle”! Bush was , we’re told, “a rich and cosmic character who lived life to the fullest”. Now sadly deceased, “Mr. Shmingle Bangle!’ is a tribute to him. The track, by the way, features good old Snowboy on percussion!