Let Spin go to Hull and back – no Larkin about

Let Spin's third album Steal the Light is to be released next month and for which the absorbing 'Sketch' listen in heralds. Dystopian, brooding… dark… Ornettian… prog. All these adjectives spring to mind at first blush. A forward thinking …

Published: 20 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 months.

Let Spin's third album Steal the Light is to be released next month and for which the absorbing 'Sketch' listen in heralds.

Dystopian, brooding… dark… Ornettian… prog. All these adjectives spring to mind at first blush.

A forward thinking four-piece formed of guitarist Moss Freed + bass guitarist Ruth Goller, who is on the happening new Vula Viel record What's Not Enough About That? + drummer Finlay Panter and alto saxophonist Chris Williams of Led Bib, this latest album took the band to Hull and back to lay down the n(h)umbers. Tunes are by each of the band members. No Larkin about, thankfully.

Finlay Panter, top left, Moss Freed, Chris Williams, Ruth Goller. Photo: Bandcamp

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NEVER OUT BEFORE. Basically the Moanin' band except that Hank Mobley is on sax not Benny Golson, Just Coolin', for line-up completeness sake, has of course Art Blakey leading from the drums with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone, …

Published: 20 Mar 2020. Updated: 2 months.

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NEVER OUT BEFORE. Basically the Moanin' band except that Hank Mobley is on sax not Benny Golson, Just Coolin', for line-up completeness sake, has of course Art Blakey leading from the drums with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Hank Mobley, tenor saxophone, Bobby Timmons playing piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, excitingly has never been out before and the ridiculously classy swinging lead-off track is a gem. Listen for the bit when Lee Morgan simply explodes…

… Dating back to 8 March 1959 Blue Note records are putting it out on 24 April on vinyl, CD and for download/streaming. Makes you realise all over again why you love jazz in the first place. Whether you were alive when this was made or not matters not a jot.

On the LP the ordering goes like:

  • SIDE 1
  • Hipsippy Blues (Hank Mobley)
  • Close Your Eyes (Bernice Petkere)
  • Jimerick (unknown)
  • SIDE 2
  • Quick Trick (Bobby Timmons)
  • M&M (Hank Mobley)
  • Just Coolin’ (Hank Mobley)