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John Surman

  • 1. Obeah Wedding
    2. My Pussin'
    3. Good Times Will Come Again
    4. Carnival
    5. Incantation
    6. Episode
    7. Dance
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8402

  • Credits
    ProducerPeter Eden; Peter Eden
    EngineerBill Price; Bill Price

    Personnel: John Surman (baritone saxophone); John Surman; Tom Bennellick (French horn); Paul Rutherford (trombone); Dave Holland, Harry Miller (bass instrument); Alan Jackson (drums); Erroll Phillip (congas, conga drum); Mike Osborne (alto saxophone); Kenny Wheeler (trumpet, flugelhorn); Malcolm Griffiths (trombone); Russell Henderson (piano); Stirling Betancourt (drums, timbales).
    Audio Remasterer: Michael J. Dutton.
    Liner Note Author: Oliver Lomax.
    Recording information: 08/12/1968/08/14/1968.
    Photographer: David Wedgbury.
    Arranger: John Surman.
    Avant-reedist John Surman's self-titled Deram debut straddles the past and future of British jazz. Recorded in collaboration with altoist Mike Osborne, bassist Harry Miller and pianist Russell Henderson, the disc's first half comprises four succinct workouts that channel the Caribbean textures and rhythms so influential on the evolution of Britain's postwar musical culture -- Surman's potent baritone is kept in check here, and while the performances pulsate with warmth and energy, their straight-ahead approach proves much too limiting. Which makes the second half of John Surman that much more radical -- a sidelong, three-part suite recorded with jazz-rock titans including trumpeter Harry Beckett, bassist Dave Holland and trombonist Paul Rutherford, the music erupts with invention and passion, exploring the deepest reaches of sound but never lapsing into self-indulgence. ~ Jason Ankeny

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