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FLED 3093 JOHN SURMAN ~ Westering Home

fled 3093Originally released in 1972, Westering Home, is a remarkable solo album by the great British saxophonist John Surman. He plays everything on the record, drawing together many of the threads of his earlier recordings with the possibilities offered by new recording tecnology (and his own prodigious musicality).

“I took a break from being on the road. This was just around the time when mono had become stereo, and then – in a flash – multi-track recording became possible. I was fascinated by the possibilities of, say, three bass clarinets on different tracks improvising together. Plus I had a curiosity about ‘radiophonics’ and tape manipulation and Pierre Henry’s Musique conctere. So it was in that spirit that I started work on what was to become Westering Home.”

“1972 saw the recording of the brilliant solo album Westering Home presented him with nowhere to hide but with the consumate skills to carry it off. It was a performance that also gave him the opportunity to become involved in mixing experiments.” Barry McRae, Jazz Journal

track list:
1 Mock Orange, 2 Whirligig, 3 Jynjyg, 4 The Druid, 5 Outside The Scorpion, 6 Walrus, 7 Hornpipe, 8 Watershed, 9 Rill-A-Ree.

FLED 3101 JOHN SURMAN ~ Morning Glory

fled 3101At the time of its original release in 1973, Morning Glory, seemed a surprising departure for John Surman. It seemed to owe more to the music being made by Miles Davis, Weather Report and Tony Williams’ Lifetime in the USA or Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Soft Machine in the UK than it did to the often abstract, free but determinedly acoustic music that Surman had pioneered up to that point. Hindsight tells another story. Morning Glory stands as both a consolidation of his work to date and, like the solo Westering Home (also re-issued by Fledg’ling), it offers a signpost for his work in subsequent years.

Surman chose his partners for the recording very carefully, drawing from his friends and trusted collaborators. In particular, Terje Rypdal on electric guitar and John Taylor on both acoustic and electric pianos allows for an expanded musical palette. The rhythm section of Malcolm Griffiths on trombone, Chris Laurence on bass and John Marshall’s chattering drums lay down a remarkably elastic rhythmic counterpoint. All of these musical signatures would become even more evident in his later recordings for ECM.

Re-mastering from the original master tapes supervised by John Surman.

“One of the finest and most lyrical jazz-rock albums of the period and a milestone in John Surman’s remarkable recording career.”

track list:
1 Cloudless Sky, 2 Iron Man, 3 Norwegian Steel – Septimus, 4 Hinc Illae Lacrimae (Hence These Tears) – For Us All.