22 gennaio 2020

Compirebbe oggi 71 anni Phil Miller, e ce lo ricordano con affetto la vedova Herm con il figlio Kyle dalle pagine del sito web a lui dedicato: con un bel ritratto, con la promessa di pubblicare presto il video dei concerti celebrati in suo omaggio un anno fa presso il Vortex londinese, e con l'annuncio di ben due nuove uscite discografiche nel corso dell'anno. Una è quella, attesissima, dell'Artchipel Orchestra, l'altra è una raccolta di duetti di Phil con Fred Baker - fortunatamente non andati smarriti, come invece si temeva - che grazie al lavoro di recupero del fido Benj Lefevre daranno presto seguito all'ottimo Double Up (Crescent Discs, 1992).

"The long-awaited second Miller/Baker Duo CD is on its way! Phil and Fred Baker have been recording the music for this CD ever since they brought out the original cd Double Up in 1992. It has been an ongoing project that occupied them every time Fred came to stay with us, whether he came for In Cahoots rehearsals, the Guildhall Summer School, gigs or whatever, he and Phil would be working away in his studio. When Phil died and Fred and I looked for this material. We were mystified as search as we might we just couldn’t find it. More than 2 years later I found the tapes! They had been there all along but I had foolishly thought they were video tapes that I had been unable to play. This is because the recording had been done via Phil’s Adat machine which uses 8 track tapes that look identical to the old video tapes of yesteryear. The wonderful Benj Lefevre took them to a studio in Brixton and had them transposed into .wav files and has been busy mixing the tracks. We hope to bring out the new cd Double Up 2 in the not too distant future under the Crescent Discs label."