Shoes for Losers duo go for a round of golf with sausages

Newcastle-upon-Tyne label New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings are to release Shoes for Losers on 24 February 2021. Hefty slice of gritty free improvisation 'Golf with Sausages' – that title took a certain inspired genius to dream up, no fog on …

Published: 23 Dec 2020. Updated: 23 months.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne label New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings are to release Shoes for Losers on 24 February 2021. Hefty slice of gritty free improvisation 'Golf with Sausages' – that title took a certain inspired genius to dream up, no fog on the Tyne at all required – is already streaming. The work of double bassist Andy Champion and tenor saxophonist Graeme Wilson Shoes for Losers was recorded in a Gateshead studio back in February. Both players are from the band ACV. Double bass & saxophone pairings are pretty rare over an entire album so it is quite a novel project in store. Wilson's take-no-prisoners insistence matched by Champion's feisty Henry Grimes-like responses are certainly a much needed antidote to offset all the dismal slush of a lot of Christmas jazz at the moment. Andy Champion, top.

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Rare Stan Tracey albums to be reissued

Rare Stan Tracey albums Free An' One and The 7 Ages of Man are to be reissued in a 2-CD set by the Resteamed label as Wisdom in the Wings on 29 January. The reissue takes its name from a track that runs as the second on the B side of The 7 Ages of …

Published: 23 Dec 2020. Updated: 23 months.

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Rare Stan Tracey albums Free An' One and The 7 Ages of Man are to be reissued in a 2-CD set by the Resteamed label as Wisdom in the Wings on 29 January.

The reissue takes its name from a track that runs as the second on the B side of The 7 Ages of Man LP.

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Free An' One was recorded in September 1969 and is a quartet album. Joining Tracey are the late Peter King on alto, Dave Green on double bass and Bryan Spring on drums. The 7 Ages of Man, recorded the following month, features Stan's big band stacked full of luminaries including Mike Gibbs, Tony Coe and Alan Skidmore.

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