Abdullah Ibrahim The Balance Abdullah Ibrahim (who has also recorded as Dollar Brand) is one of South Africa's most famous musicians. His music is often referred to as representing freedom. His major anti-apartheid anthem Mannenberg (released as Capetown Fringe in the US) thas come to be regarded as an unofficial national anthem in South Africa. He even performed at Nelson Mandela's inauguration, where Mandela referred to him as "our Mozart”. He's played with everyone from Duke Ellington to Max Roach, John Coltrane to Ornette Coleman, and is the father of underground rapper Jean Grae. Encompassing Township-Jazz, solo piano, Highlife and plentiful modern jazz styles, this brand new studio album (recorded with his band Ekaya at RAK Studios in London,) is a major return for a genuine living Jazz legend. Gearbox Records CD | LP
Theon Cross Fyah The new album from Jazz / Tuba wizard, Theon Cross. Refusing to be shackled by the confines of Jazz, the album draws on London’s vivacious cutural heritage, dipping in and out of grime, afrobeat, electronic, dub, dancehall and Jamaican roots music. An enormous, swaggering bass emanates from Theon’s magnificent horn, evoking sweaty clubnights where dance floor bangers sit side by side with intricate arrangements. Irresistibly inventive, while at once both serious and witty - Theon Cross plays Tuba like no-one else. Gearbox Records CD | LP
Thelonious Monk Monk Previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from one of Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-ups; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Known as the “High Priest of Bebop.”, Monk is part of the ‘Holy Trinity’ of legendary jazz musicians, made up of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. Tracks include renditions of the famous 'Nutty' and 'Bye-Ya.' Monk composed over sixty-odd pieces which are still circulating in the jazz repertoire, more than any other jazz composer. The vinyl format is a genuine AAA release (analogue recording, analogue mix, analogue master) using the original source tapes, making it a true all analogue, audiophile primed release. Cut in-house with Gearbox’s 1967 Haeco Scully lathe, the exact same lathe as Blue Note used back in the day. Gearbox Records CD | LP
Binker and Moses Alive In The East? One year on from their highly praised mega work 'Journey to the Mountain of Forever' (Urban Album of the Year: MoJo Magazine), Binker and Moses return with a blistering assault on the senses. Their third album in as many years, Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are trailblazers in arguably the most exciting jazz explosion London has ever witnessed. 10 new tracks featuring a giant wealth of talent alongside Binker and Moses themselves, (including UK free jazz legend Evan Parker and one half of Yussef Kamaal), this album captures a moments 45 minutes when spontaneity and composition combine to magical effect. It's a companion piece to 'Journey' but with a different energy - as North London is to South London, as West is to East. “There’s a jazz revolution going on all over London right now, in back rooms, pop-up clubs and hidden warehouse spaces like Dalston’s Total Refreshment Centre, and young guns Binker and Moses are leading the charge” – London Evening Standard (5*) Gearbox Records CD | LP
Johnny Borrell My World, Your Life Johnny Borrell from Razorlight returns with a Limited 7" on Gearbox. Despite his success over the years, Johnny Borrell’s appetite remains undiminished. On this new release, the world-travelled Borrell and his band draw from a musical palette of rich colour. Their generous brush strokes sweep new life into the blues / rock genre, filling it with flamenco flourishes and all manner of world influences. This release is the fourth in a series of totally valve mastered recordings featuring Gearbox’s vintage Decca valve mixer in association with their Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter. Gearbox Records 7"
Thelonious Monk NUTTY This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2018. From the forthcoming, previously unreleased Monk LP (due September) Gearbox present a genuine collector’s item, limited to 2000 worldwide, of which just 700 for the UK. To many people this is the definitive Thelonious Monk Quartet line up, recorded at their peak, for a Danish radio broadcast in 1963. Charlie Rouse (sax) Frankie Dunlop (Drums) and John Ore (Bass) deliver a truly outstanding version of ‘Nutty’. Ore and Dunlop really dig in and swing. Simultaneously driving and laid back, Monk's masterful use of space and melody in Charlie Rouse’s solo is a clear demonstration as to why Monk is considered by many to be the the best accompanist the jazz world has ever known. GEARBOX RECORDS 7" RSD 2018
ANTONY GORMLEY Sounds Of The Studio This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2018. Any remaining stock will be available online from Saturday 28th April, strictly one per customer. Turner Prize winning British Sculptor Antony Gormley (Angel of the North) is arguably Britain's premier artist. Exhibitions of his works draw huge crowds in every corner of the world. Gearbox Records have created a teleportational sound portrait of his cathedral-like studio in all its working glory. Hammers, grinders, fans, welders, and all sorts of other beasts reverberate in the vast caverns of an extraordinary acoustic space. A true AAA valve mastered mono recording, direct to 1/4 inch tape using the legendary RCA KU-3A ribbon microphone. On 180gm Vinyl for sonic excellence. GEARBOX RECORDS LP RSD 2018
Sun Ra Hello Mr. Schimmel Non RSD edition of this 7" from the legendary Sun Ra. A solo piano improvisation recorded in June 1990 during an interview with presenter and DJ Jez Nelson at the studios of Jazz FM in London. “At the end of our conversation I asked Sun Ra if he would play something for us on the beautiful Schimmel piano in the studio next door. He smiled the smile of an ancient spirit with a childlike joy and said he’d be delighted. Then he walked next door, sat down at the piano, said “Hello Mr Schimmel” and played”. Gearbox Records 7"
Slowly Rolling Camera Protagonist Slowly Rolling Camera, is the new project that teams up pianist-composer Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts, vocalist-lyricist Dionne Bennett and drummer Elliot Bennett. The result is music that has distinct echoes of the ‘invisible soundtracks’ of UK progressives Cinematic Orchestra and Portishead. Gearbox Records 7"
Paul Weller / Graham Coxon / Damon Albarn / Michael Horovitz Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues (Jazz Poetry SuperJam #3) Michael Horovitz 80th birthday reissue LP that sold out on Record Store Day in 2013 on which he's accompanied by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller! On this new studio recording of ‘Bankbusted Nuclear Detergent Blues’, an effervescent improvisatory poem-sequence which he wrote for Paul Weller last year, he is accompanied by three of the UK’s most popular musicians – Weller himself, Graham Coxon & Damon Albarn. The tracks were recorded at Paul Weller’s Black Barn Studio and Damon Albarn’s Studio 13, and mixed at Studio 13. Paul Weller found that: "...It was my absolute pleasure to work in these recordings with Michael. Damon and Graham. I am a big fan of all three of these artists and just to be so free with all the music and ideas was a real buzz. A lot of fun and no egos in the way. Fabulous. The end results are amongst some of the best new things I've ever worked on". Gearbox Records LP
The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead Box Set Gearbox Records LP Out of Stock