Lost but not least! Frank De Jojo feat. Terri Pace – Turn Off The Lights (Fluid Ounce)
Lucky me to have been sent this masterpiece by the good people at Goya Distribution back then. A masterpiece in all senses of the term, as a matter of fact! Not only because of the challenge itself, as never easy to cover a piece of music of such a caliber. But also judging by the status itself of the one who did it… UK-based sound engineer Frank De Jojo who dared comin’ up with it as his debut-single along with Terri Pace.
Kinda hard to understand why the man never managed to get to the upper heights with such an undeniable talent. He would follow up with a couple of extra obscure things before disappearing from the radar, at least under this guise (*)…
That being said, the cover he did of Larry Young‘s sought after ‘Turn Off The Lights’ is a one of a kind. Taking on with his bleepy keyboards where the latter left with his organ/keyboards 25 years before. With the same applying to singer Terri Pace in lieu of Linda ‘Tequila’ Logan.
Be this the original version as De Jojo‘s cover, ‘Turn Off The Lights’ is pure Jazz/Funk at its peak… Missed it? Check it out and let us know wot U think!
(*)Frank De Jojo (born Neil Combstock) is best remembered as one half of Nu-Jazz outfit Zero dB. Together with partner Chris Vogado, they ran London/Barcelona based label, Fluid Ounce.
Their recognition most likely started with the release of ‘Come Party’ back in 2000. A Jazz/House anthem which got to the attention of luminaries such as Gilles Peterson, Kyoto Jazz Massive and Jazzanova among others.
From then, the twosome would make tmselves a serious reputation in the Nu-Jazz-circuit. A new status that led them to do a lot of remixing work back then. The list of their clients including Peter Kruder, Suba and Truby Trio, to name but a few.
They released two albums on Ninja Tune. ‘Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines’ and ‘Heavyweight Gringos’, respectively in 2006 and 2007. But also a couple of compilations. This in addition to extra remixes for the likes of Raphael Sebbag (UFO), Moonstarr and Tony Nwachukwe (Attica Blues) among others.