20 year quest complete: Jazzman announce first official reissue of iconic Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet sessions at Lansdowne

The complete Ian Carr and Don Rendell Lansdowne recording sessions have a full and unprecedented boxset reissue from Jazzman Records on November 16th. They have been remastered from the original analogue master tapes at Abbey Road Studios and will come with replica artwork, design and  paper stock.

This project has been 20 years in the making and this labour of love has received extra special care – even by Jazzman’s lofty standards. The booklet contains never before seen photographs, interviews with the remaining living band members and liner notes from BBC Radio 3 presenter and award-winning jazz writer Alyn Shipton.

The five albums – Shades Of Blues (1965), Dusk Fire (1966), Phase III (1968), Change Is (1969) and Live (1969) – have reached almost mythical status in the collector’s world. The collective second hand market value comes to an astonishing £6,000.

The quest to bring these remarkable recordings back to life connects with the beginning of the life of the label Jazzman Records. It was 1998 when a young ‘Jazzman’ Gerald put in a request to Universal Music to license for reissue one of his all time favourite records, Dusk Fire, by Don Rendell and Ian Carr Quintet. He had got lucky a few years before and found a lone copy at a New York Record Fair. British jazz records were not nearly as sought after or as popular outside of the UK, and unaware of it’s hefty price tag, a vendor sold him a copy for just $12. The plan was for this to be the first reissue LP on Gerald’s newly formed Jazzman record label. That plan was scuppered though.

So what’s taken so long? The 20 year wait is finally over, but the time taken was even with the knowledge that these albums were owned by Universal. Gerald’s initial request to them was denied as the company was unable to locate the original paperwork and could not direct the enquiry appropriately. Gerald persevered, but failed for many years.  Eventually a friend took a job at Universal and from then it took two years to find the right department, locate the paperwork amongst many thousands of others in their archives and finally seal the deal.

The Don Rendell/Ian Carr Quintet played together for seven years and made a plethora of deeply melodic, post-bop British jazz compositions that later on took influences from Indo and more spiritually guided jazz. Produced by Denis Preston and recorded at his Lansdowne Studios, Preston was a legend in his own right, responsible for many Trinidadian calypso records from young Caribbean immigrants arriving in London in the 1950s and ’60s, as well as working with other renowned jazz musicians like Jamaican Joe Harriott and Indian Amancio D’Silva.

The band was primarily made up of saxophonist Don Rendell, trumpeter and composer Ian Carr, and pianist and composer Michael Garrick. It was Garrick who was influenced by Indian, African and Middle Eastern music that gave the band their otherworldly sound. The addition of Ghanaian percussionist Guy Warren on their final album Change was a catalyst to the band’s dissolution as “not everyone took to him”. Ian Carr went on to form the legendary jazz-rock band Nucleus, while Rendell and Garrick furthered their jazz careers with their own solo projects.

“They were five guys putting forward their ideas in music,” according to Jazzman Gerald. “It became especially interesting when Michael Garrick joined. The combination of personalities just worked; Ian Carr was the driving force, Michael Garrick the main writer and Don Rendell was the experienced career musician. They were a brilliant team who pushed the boundaries to create their own identifiable sound.”Click here to go to the Jazzman Records website.

Luaka Bop’s latest reissue is ‘Universal Philosophy’ by Preacherman – playing T.J. Hustler’s greatest hits

Preacherman aka Tim Jones aka Midi Man aka Ironing Board Band is the latest artist to be unearthed by Luaka Bop. Following highlighting of other psychedelic luminaries – Shuggie Otis, Tim Maia, William Onyeabor and Doug Hream Blunt – this release nestles nicely between them and is out now. 
A typewriter repairman for IBM by day, fixing Selectric Typewriters and word processors, Preacherman (or other alias) spent his nights during the early 80s performing in the dimly lit lounges of Las Vegas. Playing his modified Hammond organ, he’d changed to play a Moog synth and a ‘singing’ ventriloquist dummy called T.J Hustler, together they engaged in long philosophical soliloquies over new age lof-fi funkiness.

T.J. Hustler is Jones’ most notable alias now following the reissue of the mega-rare Age Of Individualism LP from 1979. In the years since, he’s released two even rarer CD’s as Preacherman, captured on this Luaka Bop reissue: Universal Philosophy: Preacherman plays T.J. Hustler’s Greatest Hits.

Jones has always been fascinated by technology and is an engineer in his own right. He adapted a Hammond B3 organ to play a Moog synth with some of the organ’s keys (some sYll played the organ) and also adapted the organ’s foot controlled bass levers to play two Moog synth bass pedals (a failed item Moog made for a few years). 
These days Jones is CEO and founder of Up ProducXons and lives with his 103 year-old mother overlooking Lake Merric. Perfomances nowadays feature his Casio CTK-7200 keyboard, equipped with five wireless mics and a P.A.With this Jones performs karaoke and whatever song request his audience might have. Unfortunately, T.J. Hustler (the puppet) lives in a storage unit in Las Vegas, Nevada, along with the modified organ.

Universal Philosophy grants listeners access to this unique, otherworldly, homespun, folk art funk; concise and Jones’ revealing stream-of-consciousness. It is out now thanks to Luaka Bop.

Listen again: World Treasures Music Radio w/ Judy Pollak (tracklist and link below)

Listen again to the latest World Treasures Music Radio show, featuring an exclusive first listen to the extremely rare In Togetherness album by Judy Pollak and 33 1/3.

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Judy.

Listen to the show:

Tracklist

Aretha Franklin – One Step Ahead

Kalima – Where Is The Sunshine

Sue Barker – Love To The People

Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3 In Togetherness – Fascinating

June Evans – If You Want My Lovin

N.S.T. Cophie’s – Bian Ku

Tunde Mabadu – African Parowo

Thabang Tabane – Richard

Black Savage – Sharpeville

Thabang Tabane – Father and Mother

Divine Horsemen chanting

Mushapata – Kmbere Mushimbe

Momo Joseph – Love Africa Soul

Philou Louzolo – Czd

Red Axes – Abidjan (Feat Yakomin)

Nick The Record, Dan and The No Commercial Value Band – Give Me More

Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3 In Togetherness – Your Mine

The Nelson Family – Thank You Lord

Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3 In Togetherness – More Than Words

(For this song, Judy added: “And by special request, you know who you are…Jud”)

Trio Ternura – A Gira

Chiemi Manabe – うんととおく

Derya Yildirim & Grup Simsek – Nem Kaldi

Elisa Rahbani and His Orchestra – Liza…Liza

Sunghoi Band – Africa Africa (Faze Action Edit)

Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3 In Togetherness – Billy’s Coming Back

Judy Pollak exclusive interview – hear her modern soul gems on World Treasures Music Radio tonight at 8pm

WTM is absolutely delighted to bring you the voice and music of a legendary modern soul singer, activist and charity leader.

The very rare LP, In Togetherness, is Judy’s modern soul masterpiece featuring 33 1/3. It is being reissued soon and some of the highlights will be played on tonight’s World Treasures Music radio show, on Kmah Radio, at 8pm (GMT).

Click here to read an exclusive interview with Judy.

Click here to listen to the show from 8pm (GMT).

A mysterious psychedelic masterpiece: the Middle Eastern music of Moontribe is restored from tapes by Fortuna

 

Moontribe and their collection of deeply rich and heady music is a fantastic treasure that has been thankfully reissued by Fortuna Records. The Tel Aviv based collective will drop this essential artefact on September 28th.

The music is a brew of tribal percussion, hypnotising organs and long echo ripples. African drums, hints of cumbia and the spaced-out sound that Fortuna has been celebrating, through its reissues, are ever present. This release will definitely appeal to fans of Sun Ra and Idris Ackamoor, while providing that uniqueness that fans of the label now yearn for.

On the origin of the recording, the label explains “The two-inch tapes we were handed had no date. The album was, however, recorded by about a dozen musicians, following one spiritual leader, in one, unedited session. Whatever was played on the session ended up on the tape. The group chose to withhold mentioning their names in order to “strip a sense of self” from what they believe, becoming a vessel for a higher being, carrying signals they do not fully comprehend. All we could do is respect their wishes.

“Channelling a triangular pattern between traditional African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern influences, the psychedelic congregation stretch their hallucinogenic message deep into the cosmos, touching the stars and offering a “lament for a moon that never had its own moon”.”

The collective continue to gain critical acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Their world-class Boiler Room set in 2013 is a must see and future shows look very appealing. It all means that Fortuna Records are a leading light in terms of musical discovery and they continue to captivate here with another essential and coveted recording.

To pre-order, go to Fortuna Records’ Bandcamp.

Check out one of their previous reissued discoveries:

Debut solo album from Thabang Tabane will continue his father’s legacy of the South African malombo sound

Mushroom Hour Half Hour drops the long awaited solo album – Matjale from Thabang Tabane – next month.

Thabang is the son of the late, legendary Dr Philip Nchipi Tabane and is heir to the South African malombo jazz sound that his father originated and help pioneer in the early 1960s. Malombo specifically refers to traditional ceremonies – where dancing to music occurs during a rite of exorcism or healing – and the drumming styles from these ceremonial roots has influenced jazz musicians to the present day.

Thabang has been touring the world, playing with his father’s band and other South African luminaries – such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Madala Kunene and Mabi Thobejane – since he was 8-years-old..

The Matjale LP drops digitally, on CD and on vinyl on the 14th of September.

Here’s a WTM jazz mix featuring Malombo, Jabula and a range of styles.

Kawuku Sound unites the UK’s Cervo and Contours with Uganda’s underground music scene

The Banana Hill collective will release a scintillating body of music in October after a tour of Uganda – it follows UK producers, Cervo and Contours, securing Arts Council funding last year to undertake a recording project in the capital Kampala.
Banana Hill began as a party in Sheffield, before becoming a label and expanding to clubs all over. With this release the label shows it is becoming even more creative and diverse, as well as showcasing fresh talent.

Chris Knight, aka Cervo, explains the project: “We worked with local percussion troupe Fonkodelis Arkestra as well as traditional instrumentalists, and the outcome of this project is an 8-track album that will be released under the name Kawuku Sound. This process was facilitated by label & festival owners Nyege Nyege at their studio space called Boutiq Studios.

“The music was written and recorded in this shared residency space, home to musicians and visual artists from all over East Africa and beyond, and a hub for Kampala’s underground electronic music scene. Boutiq Studio’s DIY mentality provided the perfect environment for experimentation, allowing the fusion of these disparate sounds. Kawuku Sound is a reflection of this, merging the hypnotic and trance-inducing percussion of Buganda drumming with elements of contemporary electronics and traditional instrumentation.”

The album artwork is a special commission from Nuwa Wamala Nnyanzi, who runs the Nnyanzi Art Studio in Kampala.

Kawuka Sound will be the third release for Banana Hill and will be out on October 8th. It is an extremely accomplished and forward thinking album and follows one of the stand out dance releases of 2017 – the Cervo re-edits of Majid Bekkas on the African Gnaoua Blues 12″ – Banana Hill’s first record.

The latest World Treasures Music radio show features three tracks from this release in the first quarter of the show:

Tracklist

The Last Poets – Understand What Black Is (Mala Instrumental Remix)

Jackson Almond – Open Your Head

Kawuku Sound – Ggaba Road x Jinja To Kampala

Kawuku Sound – Youth ft Spyda MC

Kawuku Sound – Buganda Dub

Aura (Spiritual Emanation) – She Can Turn You On

Aura (Spiritual Emanation) – Ayamaho

A.K. (Ngahiwi Apanui) – He Whakapapa

Charly Boy – 1990

Ras Enoch – Jah’s Rock

Ramzi – Fly Timoun

Loidis – A Parade

DWART – Taipei Disco

Secret Circuit – Stomping Ground

Secret Circuit – Crazy Wayz

Planet Battagon – Moon of Dysnomia

BKO – Dirty Donso

LAPS – Who Me?

LAPS – Ode To Daughter

Roger Melt – Mone La

Amral’s Trinidad Cavalier Orchestra – 90 Percent Of Me Is You

Tohru Aizawa Quartet – Philosopher’s Stone

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Finale

Rainbow Generator – City Of The Sun

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Lady Moon

Il Guardiano Del Faro – Sinfonia Al Sole Che Nasce