26 settembre 2018


Dopo i preziosi volumi dedicati a Mike Westbrook e Gordon Beck la rinata etichetta Turtle Records torna ad aprire i propri storici archivi per volgere l'attenzione a Michael Gibbs, recuperando registrazioni inedite di due sue distinte formazioni dal vivo a Belfast e Lancaster nel 1969 prima del debutto discografico. Ci sono tra gli altri Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh, Tony Roberts, Chris Spedding, il quartetto di Gary Burton (con Steve Swallow), John Surman, Mike Osborne, Henry Lowther, Jack Bruce e John Marshall: Festival 69.

Michael Gibbs is a composer, conductor, arranger and producer as well as a trombonist and keyboardist, known for his collaborations with Gary Burton, and for his ability to utilize rock elements in orchestral jazz. Festival '69 is an historic concert performance, previously unreleased, providing unique insight into Gibbs' artistry prior to his recording career proper (debut album released in 1970). Assembling a big band boasting the cream of contemporary British Jazz, Gibbs connected for this one concert with pioneering vibraphonist Gary Burton and his Quartet. The concert recording, over 90 minutes long, captures the Gary Burton Quartet performing classic original compositions by Gibbs, Burton and the Quartet's Steve Swallow at the mainstream music festival held in Belfast, November 1969 (1967's headliner was Jimi Hendrix). Gibbs' band for the festival featured Chris Pyne, Kenny Wheeler, Trevor Barber, Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh, Tony Roberts and Chris Spedding. As a bonus Turtle Records is able to offer from Gibbs' own archive a 55-minute recording of his Big Band earlier the same year at Lancaster University. Here, the band line-up comprised John Surman, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Roderick Toal, Chris Pyne, Dick Hart, Frank Ricotti, Mike Pyne, Phillip Lee, Jack Bruce and John Marshall. While the Lancaster recording circulated online in MP3 form in the 90s, this audio has been carefully mastered from non-compressed files and restored for the first time, under Mike Gibbs' supervision, to its original speed and at the original pitch. This package further boasts a major essay on Gibbs' early career, by John McLaughlin biographer Colin Harper, with fresh interview material from Gibbs enhanced with photos from Gibbs' own archive and contemporary cuttings.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/label/turtle-records
https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/michael-gibbs-with-the-gary-burton-quartet-festival-69

25 settembre 2018


Illusion, nuovo capitolo della lunga collaborazione artistica tra Julie Tippetts e Martin Archer, sarà pronto non prima dell'estate dell'anno prossimo. Un brano però lo si può già ascoltare: Between Mountains. 'C'est comme voler. C'est comme si je volais...'

https://discusmusic.bandcamp.com/album/between-mountains-73dl-download-only-single

24 settembre 2018


E' pronto per ReR l'atteso box antologico di ZNR. Ed è magnifico!

Contains both original ZNR releases Barricades III and Traite de Mechanique Populaire, plus two extra CDs - one containing the whole of the post-ZNR LP Les Flots Bleus by Patrick Portella and Joseph Racaille as well as Joseph Racaille’s Pegase and his ReR Six Petites Chansons EP. The second CD collects early ZNR demos and lost tracks togther, appearing here for the first time. With a very substantial and definitive book of memories, histories, reflections, photographs, documents, interviews and other memorabilia from the group’s brief but extraordinary career, alongside contemporary commentaries by Joseph Racaille and Patrick Portella.

https://tinyurl.com/ya4yneov