British Conversations: Double Vinyl LP
Label: My Only Desire
Release Date: 19th November
One of the richest sounding jazz records you're likely to discover this year. Unreleased recordings from 1975 composed by British Jazz Don Graham Collier with trumpeter Harry Becket and guitarist Ed Speight joined by a WHITE HOT band of Scandinavian players. It's that British jazz that feels cinematic and lush but also swings, bops and goes into mad jams perfect for jazz clubs.
For those who dig: that ridiculous good lost Tubby Hayes record 'Grits, Beans and Greens' and a classic British Jazz sound fused with some contemporary for the time prog, rock and blues influences.
To commemorate the 10th year since the passing of esteemed British jazz
composer, bassist and bandleader Graham Collier, My Only Desire Records presents
this 1975 recording of his previously unreleased suite 'British Conversations'.
The recording features lead soloists trumpeter Harry Beckett and guitarist Ed Speight, alongside The
Swedish Radio Jazz Group - made up of the hottest players on the '70s Scandi jazz scene - including
saxophonists Arne Domnérus, Claes Rosendahl and Lennart Åberg, trumpeter Jan Allan, pianist Bengt
Hallberg, guitarist Rune Gustafsson and drummer Egil Johansen. Collier steers the band through the
five-part suite that encompasses beautifully composed melodies, driving jazz rock and as many
extremes as the British weather that inspired its name.
Remastered from the original tapes by Caspar Sutton-Jones @ Gearbox Records, 'British Conversations'
is available as a limited edition (500 units worldwide) 2LP set housed in a gatefold sleeve.
Graham Collier (1937 - 2011) was one of the most accomplished, popular and collectable British jazz
artists during the Brit-jazz heyday of the '60s and '70s, with his career of musically challenging yet
hugely rewarding albums spanning five decades. His early LPs 'Deep Dark Blue Centre' (Deram, 1967),
'Down Another Road' (Fontana, 1969) and 'Darius' (Mosaics, 1974,) are rightly considered classics of the era.
Released in co-operation with the Collier estate, we hope this wonderful record leads to many new
people discovering and enjoying the music of Graham Collier.