01 maggio 2013

Cuneiform Records annuncia la pubblicazione tra pochi giorni di un album dedicato allo storico trio S.O.S., attivo sulla scena del jazz britannico a metà anni settanta e formato dai sassofonisti (ma non solo) John Surman, Mike OsborneAlan SkidmoreLooking For The Next One, con documenti d'epoca e rarità di pregio, tra cui inediti di studio - ad alcuni dei quali contribuisce il batterista Tony Levin - e traccia integrale della partecipazione al festival jazz di Balve, in Germania, nel luglio 1974. In anteprima allo spazio Bandcamp dell'etichetta: http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/looking-for-the-next-one

S.O.S. were one of the great but under-documented ensembles in 70s British jazz, consisting of three genuine superstars of the 'Brit-jazz scene': Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore and John Surman. The group formed in April 1973, and lasted until the end of 1976. Although all three men were saxophonists and the band is commonly thought of and described as a 'saxophone trio', they were always a sax trio with two multi-instrumentalists. The mid 70s found John Surman in the midst of his great fascination with synthesizers, sequencers and electric keyboards, a sound which he still sometimes explores on his ECM releases to this day, while Alan Skidmore was a very able drummer; anyone expecting three saxes at once at all times will be very surprised when they hear the heavy, sequenced, synthesizer parts mixed with driving drums and blowing sax lines!
The group toured widely and had a large body of work to draw from, but only released one, self-titled album on the Ogun label during their lifetime. Looking For The Next One, a compilation of rare and unissued studio sessions and live recordings, will not only rekindle discussions about S.O.S.’s innovative music among connoisseurs, but introduce their exciting, virtuosic music to a new generation of listeners.