20 September 2007

THE INDO-BRITISH JAZZ ENSEMBLE - CURRIED JAZZ























The Indo-British Jazz Ensemble for MFP from 1969

Dev Kumar (sitar), Chris Karan (tabla), Sitara (tamboura), Ray Swinfield (fl), Kenny Wheeler (flh), Jeff Clyne (b), Bill Eyden (dr) - on tracks 3 & 4 Leon Calvert replaces Kenny Wheeler and Art Morgan replaces Bill Eyden

In 1969, the imaginative indie record producer, and jazz-lover, Mark Sutton, who owned his own recording studio in Soho, gathered together some of the finest session jazz musicians working in London together with husband and wife, Dev and Sitara Kumar to record a series of what we might today call "fusion". The result was "Curried Jazz". The producers for the sessions were the great Ken Barnes (find out more about him at the excellent Vinyl Vulture site)and Michael Hall .Victor Graham composed,arranged and conducted the pieces.

11 comments:

Victor Stapf said...

Great one. Thanks

diego said...

agreed, great LP that is pretty obscure...

dj earball said...

What a wonderful surprise! 40 year old fusion that sounds as fresh as some being recorded today. And I never would have heard of it without you. Thanks!

dgram said...

Probably the most fun I've had with an album that I had never even heard of since I downloaded Baby Grandpa's post of Rogier van Otterloo.

This is a very nice session. This may sound sort of out there, but the opening bass line of Yaman reminded me of the eastern-tinged opening Delilah by the great Brown/Roach quintet. And, yes, Sir—that is a good thing. A lot of "East meets West" stuff is pretty cheesy, in my opinion. This album, however, is tight as hell.

You know, there is a short list of blogs that consistently blow my mind with material that's totally new to me (Loronix, Lost in Thyme, Headfonhaus), and you've once again come through in a big way. Thanks for all the effort.

BeeFine said...

thank you for doing what you do for us.
love and peace

Patrick said...

Hey. Excellent music, I've been a regular viewer for a few months now.

You couldn't help me out could you? I know you have a good knowledge of jazz, much better than mine, so could you try and identify this track for me? It's from a Madlib mixtape which doesn't have a track list. It's such a good song, really my type of jazz. So could you just listen to the 1 minute track and if you have any idea of what it is then say? I've uploaded it to zshare where it can stream without you having to download it.

zshare link

Thanks

Fredrick Freekowtski said...

Thanks for the wonderful music!!

Tape said...

Bacoso, you're too good to us all, and on a real tear of late—many thanks for much great music.

I've never asked before, bit I do have a re-up request: Members Don't Git Weary, which I'd missed when you first posted it and in fact never heard until this morning, when WKCR played it in full, and I pulled over my car to listen, and now am itching to hear again, and again and again. A really stunning album. Thanks in any case for all your time and hard work, and all the best from all of us at tapeyoucertainsongs.squarespace.com.

P.S. If you'd ever want to put together a mix for us, we'd be truly honored. (tapeyoucertainsongs@gmail.com)

Taka said...

This stuff is right up my alley. this progressive jazz-fusion sound always gets me. great album and great cover!

coltrane jones said...

Is there any way you could put up a link again? I own the LP but don't have the technology to put it onto my iPod. My searching for a digital version of this album actually led me to you blog, I love it. Great stuff. some of my favorite albums I now have in digital versions thanks to you. A+.

Simon666 said...

re-up

http://www.adrive.com/public/BJQpHP/IndoBritEns-CurrJazC.zip