BBC Late Junction Sessions: Unpopular Music Eska, Jesse & Louis Hackett / John Paul Jones & Erland Dahlien The idea for the Late Junction collaboration sessions is to pair people from different musical backgrounds, who have never previously worked together, and put them into the studio for a day to work jointly on new pieces of music. Curated by Nick Luscombe and Darrel Sheinman, this album gathers a selection of unique recordings from this ongoing series of exciting collaborations, the majority of which were recorded all analogue at BBC Maida Vale Studios. They represent part of an incredible body of work by a wide variety of musicians from all around the world. Gearbox LP Pre-Order
The Tubby Hayes Quartet The Syndicate: Live At The Hopbine 1968 Vol.1 180grm 33rpm mono LP of an unreleased live show from The Tubby Hayes Quartet. Recorded on 5th December 1968 by Ted Lyons at the legendary Hopbine in North Wembley, ‘The Syndicate’ reveals Hayes’ new quartet that featured the spectacular Dublin born guitarist Louis Stewart and 22 year old drummer Spike Wells, with Kenny Baldock standing in for regular double bassist Ron Mathewson. With artwork by Gearbox Art Director Alan Foulkes and detailed sleeve notes by tenor saxophonist and Hayes biographer Simon Spillett, The Syndicate now fills an aching gap in Hayes’ discography and our understanding of his remarkable musical journey. Gearbox LP
Binker and Moses Dem Ones Debut album from the London drums & sax jazz duo! Dem Ones is their debut recording as a duo, and has its roots in experiments between soundchecks and gigs while on the road with [Zara] McFarlane. Over time these initial ideas and jams have become templates for improvisation, and with their echoes of late period Coltrane and Charles Lloyd, are as listenable and memorable as they are full of invention, passion and surprise. All the tracks were performed in the live room at Mark Ronson’s Zelig Studio and recorded direct to Gearbox's vintage Studer 1/4" tape machine next door. The vinyl lacquers were cut directly from this original stereo master on Gearbox’s 1967 Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, using a Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter, Maselec master control and equalisation and Audio Note monitoring equipment. Gearbox CD | LP
Nucleus With Leon Thomas Live 1970 Double 33rpm Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve with download code This is the first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert featuring trumpeter Ian Carr’s pioneering Nucleus performing with US vocalist Leon Thomas on a set of Thomas’ own repertoire including ‘The Creator Has A Master Plan’ (originally recorded in 1969 with Pharaoh Saunders). Nucleus won first prize representing the United Kingdom at the Festival that year, and were performing at the height of their powers with their first and finest lineup. The collaboration with Thomas is (in Ian’s words) a combination of the “rock thing...with the roots of the music”, but it is more than that: a band and singer in tune with one another, aware of all the contemporary developments in jazz, and of the music’s past, who are prepared to delve into all those areas to produce a sound that’s gloriously alive! Gearbox CD | LP
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
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"
Ian Carr Prelude to Heart is a Lotus This unearthed 1968 BBC session contains markedly different versions from Garrick's 1970 classic 'Heart Is A Lotus' album. A Londoner's rain-soaked riposte to modal jazz exotica, this long lost recording is already being hailed as an essential release. The acid-rock meets psych jazz title track is a bona fide 60s classic. 12" 180gram 33rpm LP includes free download code sticker. Gearbox Records CD | LP
Mark Murphy A Beautiful Friendship: Remembering Shirley Horn Mark Murphy celebrates his close friend Shirley Horn with four of her trademark songs reinterpreted in his inimitable style. It's a warm and sparse sounding session featuring Shirley Horn's longtime drummer Steve Williams, Betty Carter's double bassist Curtis Lundy (brother of Carmen), the sensational young New York pianist Alex Minasian and the German trumpet star Till Bronner. Tracklisting: A Beautiful Friendship But Beautiful Get Out Of Town Here's To Life. Gearbox Records CD | LP
The Jazz Couriers Live in Morecambe 1959 - Tippin' This is an award-winning live performance from the formidable quintet co-led by Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott for two and half years at the close of the 1950's. The four recordings are without doubt some of the finest examples of Hayes' art to have yet been discovered, and all the more remarkable for the circumstances in which they were recorded. Gearbox Records CD | LP
Yusef Lateef Live At Ronnie Scott's, 15th January 1966 William Emanuel Huddleston, or more commonly known as Yusef Lateef, was and always will be a pillar of 20th century jazz. The monumental figure sadly passed away in 2013, but the spirit of his music will always live on; he was a musician who continuously changed the game, a man who saw no boundaries to the possibilities of jazz music. A talented flutist and saxophonist, he made those instruments his own thanks to a very singular, improvisational approach, and this legendary recording from 1966 at London's Ronnie Scott's is a timeless piece of music. Darting in and out of solos, then back onto more stable grooves, and breaking off into mystical terrains, this is a wonderful recording that deserves to be on a any serious jazz collector's shelf. Highly recommended. Gearbox Records LP
Butcher Brown Live At Vagabond Dedicated to innovation and informed by a love of the past, Butcher Brown’s sound is a modernist fusion, fizzing with explosive energy, rich in jazz licks and astonishing with raw musicality. Gearbox Records are proud to present this, their first ever multi format global release. It’s a hometown gig (Richmond, Virginia) from July of this year. The electrifying energy reminds us how vital a live album should be. The players were all born after the mid-70s - fusion’s golden age - but their modern, hip hop inflected funk has rich echoes of Return To Forever and early Earth Wind And Fire. There’s a massive buzz around this from within US jazz’s rejuvenated core. It’s the sound of a band on the verge of a brilliant future. Gearbox Records CD | LP