Azimuth: Luminessence Series - Audiophile Vinyl Edition: Vinyl LP5880541
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Label: ECM Records
Release Date: 1st March
John Taylor, Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler's Azimuth don't feel like a product of this planet, their celestial jazz feels like it's the spirits singing and communicating in melody and rhythm. Otherworldly.
Luminessence, ECM's new audiophile vinyl-reissue series, is a
kaleidoscope, shedding light on the jewels of the label's deep
catalogue in elegant, high-quality editions - audiophile vinyl
pressing, high-grade tip-on gatefold sleeves that include new
Recorded in 1977 and now reissued in ECM's audiophile Luminessence vinyl
series, the debut album of the Azimuth trio was truly ahead of its time. Formed by
adding Canadian-born trumpeter Kenny Wheeler to the British duo of pianist John
Taylor and vocalist Norma Winstone, the group's futuristic musical palette
embraced hypnotic, minimalistic pulse patterns, otherworldly synthesizer sounds,
songs, collective improvisation and solo flights.
In recent seasons, the number of listeners under Azimuth's sway has grown
exponentially, as the music has adapted itself to new contexts. The vast
international audience that has heard fragments of Azimuth's "The Tunnel" as
part of a major rap hit by Drake in 2023 (on his 200M+ streaming "IDGAF"), can
now discover the original in its pristine form, still magical after all these years - as
is the whole album.
Produced by Manfred Eicher, this new edition with gatefold sleeve adds liner
notes detailing Azimuth's story.
John Taylor: piano, organ
Norma Winstone: voice
Kenny Wheeler: flugelhorn, trumpet
1. Sirens' Song
4. The Tunnel
5. Greek Triangle