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 / Yussef Dayes / Evan Parker 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
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"