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Chris Sharkey's Presets

The Not Applicable label this summer is to release guitarist Chris Sharkey's album Presets. Leeds-based Sharkey, who hails from the north east of England, is best known for his work with Acoustic Ladyland and TrioVD. He also arranged WorldService …

Published: 28 Apr 2021. Updated: 9 days.

The Not Applicable label this summer is to release guitarist Chris Sharkey's album Presets.

Leeds-based Sharkey, who hails from the north east of England, is best known for his work with Acoustic Ladyland and TrioVD. He also arranged WorldService Project's For King and Country. The 11-track album, solely electric guitar and hardware, was recorded to one stereo track with no additional processing post-performance.

Sharkey notes: ''I’d been listening a lot to Actress, particularly Ghettoville and Hazyville which really worked for me on the road. I wanted a music that develops slowly over time, drawing you in, making you forget about the clock.''

''I sat down, plugged some things in – my guitar, a computer, an interface, a couple of speakers and a decade’s worth of pedals and other stuff I’d accumulated over the years to mess with my guitar – and started playing.''

That process lasted for more than two months during which Sharkey says he ''just improvised when I hit the record button, simply responding to whatever the first sound was and developing it from there'' paying ''no attention to the time'' and trying to stay patient and focused. ''As the process continued, I would select my favourite parts and create playlists just for myself… Over the course of the next 5 years: touring, travelling, listening, I slowly whittled it down to what you hear on Presets.”

Tracks are: 'Blue Cloud, Red Fog'; 'The Sharecropper’s Daughter'; 'Faloodeh With Flake'; 'Evangelist (Salvation History)'; 'Detained At The Border'; 'Blowup'; 'Young Brothers'; 'Torpid Metacarpals'; 'Watt, Law and Order'; 'Puget Sound Backlash'; 'Scorpion Bow'.

The Presets release date is 25 June. Chris Sharkey, top

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Voting for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards opens

Voting has begun for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and continues until midnight on 14 May. Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann categories are: Jazz Album of the Year …

Published: 28 Apr 2021. Updated: 9 days.

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Voting has begun for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and continues until midnight on 14 May. Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group co-chaired by John Spellar MP and Lord Mann categories are: Jazz Album of the Year (released in 2020 by a UK band or musicians); Services to Jazz Award (to a living person for their outstanding contribution to jazz in the UK); Jazz Newcomer of the Year (UK-based artist, musician or group with a debut album released in 2020); Jazz Education Award (to an educator or project for raising the standard of jazz education in the UK); Jazz Media Award (including broadcasters, journalists, magazines, blogs, listings and books); Jazz Venue of the Year (including jazz clubs, venues, festivals and promoters); Jazz Ensemble of the Year (UK-based group who impressed in 2020); Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year (UK-based musician who impressed in 2020); Jazz Vocalist of the Year (UK-based vocalist who impressed in 2020); Lockdown Innovation Award. To vote, click