Archive for May, 2008

The CHRIS McGREGOR SEPTET ~ Up To Earth FLED 3069

In 1969 the Chris McGregor Group were riding high on the London jazz scene, playing and hanging out with all the rising stars of British free jazz. Sessions for the previously unreleased Up To Earth brought together a dream team of South African exiles and some of the finest young players on the British scene – Chris McGregor piano, Dudu Pukwana alto saxophone, Mongezi Feza trumpet, Louis Moholo drums, John Surman baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, Evan Parker tenor saxophone with Barre Phillips or Danny Thompson on double bass.

Up To Earth was produced by Joe Boyd and engineered by John Wood at Sound Techniques studio in London, during the same months they were also working with several other luminaries of the Witchseason stable – Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and the Incredible String Band. The album was mastered and test pressings produced before the project was shelved. The group morphed into the spectacular big band – the Brotherhood of Breath – and all energies were transferred to recording the Brotherhood’s debut album. Fledg’ling Records are very proud to release this remarkable album as part of our campaign to reissue Chris McGregor’s wonderfully creative recordings from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

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BLUE BLOKES 3 ~ Stubble FLED 3068

fled-3068web.jpgThe Blue Blokes 3 are old pals Ian Anderson (the English Country Blues Band, Hot Vultures, Ian Anderson’s Country Blues Band, Tiger Moth and more) on vocals, guitar & slide guitar, Lu Edmonds ( Mekons, Billy Bragg’s Blokes, 3 Mustaphas 3, Shriekback, PiL, The Damned, Kirsty MacColl and many more) on vocals, cumbus, saz, guitar and more, and Ben Mandelson (Billy Bragg’s Blokes, 3 Mustaphas 3, Tiger Moth, Orchestre Jazira, Amazorblades and many more) on vocals, mandolin, baritone bouzouki, banjo, tenor guitar, guitar and more.

Past social twanging and banging apart, the Blue Blokes 3 came together one dark and rainy night in the spring of 2007 to pay tribute to English folk sweetheart Shirley Collins on the occasion of a celebratory evening to mark her receipt of the MBE from another queen. Their wonky take on old time nomadicised English country blues and death folk seemed to appeal and one thing led to another – within days the Fledg’ling A&R office were inviting them to make an album. How could they do other than agree?

“Best of all – Me And My Chauffeur Blues, which now sounds like a Memphis Minnie session in Chicago hijacked by east European Gypsies”. Robin Denselow, The Guardian ***

“What an admirable trio of chaps.” Pete Frame

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