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Title track of newly announced Van Morrison double album Latest Record Project Vol. 1 streams

New for 7 May from Van Morrison is double CD Latest Record Project Vol 1 (out via BMG) the very fine sunny title track of which is streaming. Van on that track is with Crawford Bell (the Northern Ireland gospel and country legend who was on Van's …

Published: 3 Mar 2021. Updated: 47 days.

New for 7 May from Van Morrison is double CD Latest Record Project Vol 1 (out via BMG) the very fine sunny title track of which is streaming. Van on that track is with Crawford Bell (the Northern Ireland gospel and country legend who was on Van's country album Pay the Devil), Kelly Smiley and Dana Masters on backing vocals doing the sha-la-la-las, Pete Hurley on bass guitar (returning from Three Chords and the Truth), Richard Dunn on organ (he was on the superb Down the Road), Stuart McIlroy (heard on Roll with the Punches and Three Chords and the Truth) on piano and Colin Griffin (You Win Again, Down the Road, Three Chords… etc) on drums. The song is a Van original.

Tracks on the first CD are: 1. Latest Record Project; 2. Where Have All The Rebels Gone; 3. Psychoanalysts' Ball; 4. No Good Deed Goes Unpunished; 5. Tried To Do The Right Thing; 6. The Long Con; 7. Thank God For The Blues; 8. Big Lie; 9. A Few Bars Early; 10. It Hurts Me Too; 11. Only A Song; 12. Diabolic Pressure; 13. Deadbeat Saturday Night; 14. Blue Funk.

On CD2 it's 1. Double Agent; 2. Double Bind; 3. Love Should Come With A Warning; 4. Breaking The Spell; 5. Up County Down; 6. Duper's Delight; 7. My Time After A While; 8. He's Not The Kingpin; 9. Mistaken Identity; 10. Stop Bitching, Do Something; 11. Western Man; 12. They Own The Media; 13. Why Are You On Facebook? 14. Jealousy.

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BRICE, GOLDING, KAISER, MOORE, PRÉVOST, The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One **** (4 star) rating

577 Records · Olie Brice, Binker Golding, Henry Kaiser, N.O. Moore, Eddie Prévost: Excerpt I really like The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One especially the first of these two very long 'Door' improvisations but both are the real deal. The …

Published: 3 Mar 2021. Updated: 25 days.

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I really like The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One especially the first of these two very long 'Door' improvisations but both are the real deal. The excerpt on Soundcloud heralding release gave a good clue and hearing the whole record a few times since having got in touch with the label for a full review copy since it is even better. Binker Golding is key to the ensemble sound and the way he works with Henry Kaiser especially is a mind blowing and highly stimulating trip. But make no mistake this is collective free improvisation and needs to be understood completely as a totality. I've long been a fan of Binker's and remember first meeting him in a place called the Milkbar on Soho's Bateman Street in 2010 to conduct a Jazzwise interview and then later enjoying Dem Ones a lot both the record and hearing him and Moses Boyd rip it up at Brilliant Corners in Dalston one time before they deservedly trousered the MOBO for best jazz act and began to be much better known. At first Binker's main influence as I hear it was Denys Baptiste and when the saxist plays hard bop, for instance on the Charles Tolliver record released by Gearbox last year, you can still discern that thread a bit. However, on free improv records where I think the Londoner's heart really lies, it is where he is best of all. As previously reported The Secret Handshake with Danger, Vol. One was recorded in London last year and is on NYC free-improv label 577. Note Eddie Prévost does not play in a multi-directional style (eg the pervasive approach that Rashied Ali introduced that a lot of free-jazz drummers quite sensibly adhere to) so it is interesting to have his input. I can't really describe his style with a neat phrase. However Prévostian is enough, best and accurate. Finally I love Henry Kaiser's playing here. Certainly one of the best records I have heard in months. Free your minds and continue to rage against the machine. Stunning. SG. Out on 12 March.