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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|April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West|
|April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour|
|April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show|
|April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.|
|April xx, 1971 - Untitled is rumored to be released this month|
|April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios|
|April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour|
|April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts|
|April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack|
|April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold|
|April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters|
|April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance|
|April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future|
|April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham|
|April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour|
|April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."|
|April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.|