Gerald "Jezz" Woodroffe was Robert Plant's keyboard player from 1982 until late 1985. He was featured in three Robert Plant solo albums, Pictures at Eleven, The Principle of Moments and Shaken 'n' Stirred. He toured with Robert Plant, Robbie Blunt, Paul Martinez and others from June 1983 until September 1985 and co-wrote some of the more memorable Robert Plant solo tracks, such as Burning Down One Side, Stranger Here... Than Over There and Big Log.
Since then, Woodroffe has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Sally Hope and has put out five albums, Squaw Peak, Purusha Cover Me (1997), Manna From Heaven (1998), Medicine (2002) and Pearl (2007) and a new album Retrospective is set to be released later in 2010.
In 2004, Woodroffe released an album of Led Zeppelin covers, with double bassist Iona Mackintosh and drummer Ivor Roland, entitled In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics. The idea was not originally Woodroffe's, but of former Robert Plant guitarist, Robbie Blunt, who mentioned it in a phone call conversation. Since I've Been Loving You was the first track that was reconstructed.
There was enough interest in this album to have Woodroffe revisit it in July 2010, have it remastered and add a new track -- Big Log, from the 1983 album The Principle of Moments.
This album rocks, er swings! From start to finish it does not fail to captivate my attention. It conjures up thoughts of West Coast jazz clubs in the 1950s and 1960s, with dimly lit, smoky small rooms, with Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, Joe Marello and Stan Getz playing until the sun came up. Woodroffe stays true to the original tunes, while still taking alternative improvisational journeys into the sonic unknown.
Most every musical genre has been applied by various artists to the music of Led Zeppelin over the years, some with good success and others that might be summed up with the Led Zeppelin track What Is And What Should Never Be (an excellent track itself... Volume 2, Jezz?) however In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics has got to be one of the finest-sounding versions available today.
In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics
1. Moby Dick - 1:30
2. Kashmir - 5:39
3. The Rain Song - 5:36
4. No Quarter - 4:56
5. Dazed And Confused - 5:03
6. That's The Way - 3:54
7. Four Sticks - 4:51
8. Since I've Been Loving You - 6:04
9. Stairway To Heaven - 6:46
10. Big Log - 7:04
In Through The Swing Door: Swing Cover Versions Of Led Zeppelin Classics is available at http://www.sallyhope.col.uk/shop.php
Jeff Strawman, August 2010
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|March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)|
|March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"|
|March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow|
|March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums|
|March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll. |
|March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra|
|March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover|
|March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.|
|March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material|
|March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.|
|March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours|
|March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence|
|March 31, 1976 - Presence is released|
|March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US|
|March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands|
|March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham|
|March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly|
|March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.|