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GRAHAM, KENNY & HIS SATELLITES: Monndog and Suncat Suites
Another fascinating lost treasure, this one from 1956, engineered by Joe Meek and featuring amongst others the legendary Phil Seaman (nice drum parts) and Stan Tracey (who also plays celeste, accordion and vibraphone). It was the project of composer, arranger and tenor saxophonist Kenny Graham , a response to the then newly made early street recordings of the to-become-legendary New York busker, Moondog. Featuring 12 of London's finest jazz players, in various combinations, the first 10 tracks here are direct arrangements of Moondog's compositions. There's nothing remotely jazzy about them, and they are presciently early in their use of polyrhythms and additive rhythms (Paul Desmond's Take 5 wasn't released until 1959, 3 years later). The instrumentation includes a lot of tuned percussion, oboe, flute, bassclarinet and whistle. Sometimes several percussionists at once. In short, it's highly unusual, and for the time, remarkable. The last 6 tracks are new pieces composed by Graham, mostinspired by Moondog, and most of these are very listenable and lounge-exotica-esque; only one sounds a bit cocktail. With an interesting Seaman solo. Altogether this is a tiny gem. L

Code: JBH036CD
Price: £14.00