Lost but not least! Courtney Pine – Don’t Xplain (Flytronix Main Mix) (Talkin’ Loud)
Mainly renown for his saophone playing, Courtney Pine has explored all the facets of Jazz. Eventually blending it with computerized drum patterns inherited from the Jungle/Drum & Bass scene.
A cover version of Billie Holiday‘s classic of the likes, ‘Don’t Xplain’ is most definitely one of the highlights of his 1995 ‘Modern Day Jazz Stories’ album on Antilles Records. With Cassandra Wilson reachin’ one of her definitive peaks vocally speakin’. But also a whole bunch of luminaries givin’ it a remix. From 4Hero to Roni Size and Attica Blues. Flytronix completing the series. Thus turning ‘Don’t Xplain’ into an Ambient/atmospheric masterpiece.
A London native of Jamaican descent, Courtney Pine, OBE never became an astronaut. He did way better though. This while getting countless music lovers over the moon with his unique blends.
He went to Kingsbury High School where he studied classical clarinet. Eventually teaching himself the saxophone from the age of 14. Then beginning his his music career playing Reggae. And, last but not least, he delivered his debut-album – ‘Journey To The Urge Within’ – back in 1986.
Only aged 22 at the time he brilliantly showed his maturity. This with his cover version of the Chris and Eddie Amoo written ‘Children Of The Ghetto’ along with Susaye Green on vocals. Meanwhile he would contribute giving the foundations to the Jazz Warriors. This along with with Gary Crosby, Ray Carless, Tony Kofi and Adrian Reid.
Never been afraid to push the boundaries of Jazz, the 90’s saw him naturally embracing Drum & Bass and UK Garage. Thus giving birth to manifestos such ‘I’ve Known Rivers’ remixed by 4Hero. But also ‘Don’t Xplain’, by Flytronix. Then the boiling ‘Tryin’ Times’, by Peshay. These three masterpieces seeing the light on Talkin’ Loud.
All in all, Courtney Pine has released a total of 22 albums so far. With his latest offering – ‘Black Notes From The Deep’ – seeing him sharing the bill with Omar on 4 different tracks. Beginning with ‘Butterfly’ which got given a single release. Omar standing as the latest in a list of talented guests Pine has jammed with during his career. From Mica Paris on ‘Like Dreamers Do’ back in 1988. To Juliet Roberts on ‘Life Goes Around’ four years later and Jhelisa Anderson on ‘Tryin’ Times’ in 1997. Then Lynden David Hall on his cover version of Gil Scott-Heron‘s ‘Lady Day (& John Coltrane)’ in 2000 among others…