The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet

The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet

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Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead
Jazz Poetry SuperJam #1
2 x 12" 180gram 33rpm LP box set
GB1518
Curated, analogue mastered and cut at Gearbox Studio

On 12th March 1962 The Live New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet - featuring some of the UK’s finest modern jazz musicians together with poets Pete Brown (co-writer/Cream) and Michael Horovitz (Britain’s Beat Laureate) - performed a historic experimental gig at the SCR Students’ Building on the Southampton University Campus. The evening featured post-bop jazz, poetry, jazzpoems and solo and exchange sound-poetry, as well as performances of the most ambitious work the Septet developed, Brown and Horovitz’s ‘Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead’.

The magical events of that night were captured on a reel-to-reel tape recorder by the artists’ friend Victor Schonfield. To celebrate Record Store Day they are now released for the first time as a double 180gm vinyl individually numbered box set with a deluxe full size booklet containing photos, reminiscences, essays and memorabilia.

Limited edition 500 copies only.

Personnel:
Stan Tracey - piano, Jeff Clyne - double bass, Laurie Morgan - drums, John Mumford - trombone, Bobby Wellins - tenor saxophone, Pete Brown & Michael Horovitz - poetry performances

Tracklisting:
Side 1: McTaggart’s Blues, Flying Home
Side 2: Night, Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead (Pt 1)
Side 3: Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead (Pt 2)
Side 4: Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead (Pt 3), Afro Charlie