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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Preview: Nucleus With Leon Thomas -: Live 1970

Leon Thomas – vocals; Ian Carr - trumpet & flugelhorn; Karl Jenkins - oboe & piano; Brian Smith - soprano & tenor sax, flute; Chris Spedding – guitar; Jeff Clyne – bass; John Marshall – drums.
(Press Release - actual review by one of our team will be posted nearer the release date - Lance)
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 line-up. 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!
Tracklisting
A1. The Creator Has A Master Plan
B1. Echoes
B2. Damn ‘Nam (Ain’t Going To Viet Nam)
C1. One
C2. Chains Of Love
D1. The Journey
Release Date November 25. Format: 2 x 12” 33rpm Vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve includes free download code sticker.
Mastered by Jeremy Cooper at Gearbox Records
Produced by Darrel Sheinman for Gearbox Records
Cut on Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Maselec master control and equalization.

2 comments :

Andy Isham (on F/b) said...

Who'd have thought it?

Russell said...

A few random observations about the line-up on the recording...Leon Thomas toured with Santana in the seventies (Newcastle City Hall), Ian Carr's Nucleus rocked-up at, of all places, the Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend. In the line-up that night was ex pat Tynesider Mark Wood (guitar) and Chris Spedding visited the Jazz Café on Pink Lane a few months ago with Charlotte Glasson.

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