If there was one sound guaranteed to shock in British jazz during 1966 it was that of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, the free-improvising collective centred around drummer John Stevens which that year helped establish London’s Little Theatre Club as a stronghold of the ‘new wave’. Although the avant-garde were slow in gaining a toe-hold on British jazz tastes, every so often a grass roots jazz club would take a chance on the new style, such as the night in June 1966 when the SME alighted on Greenwich’s Prince Albert pub, eager to deliver their message to fresh ears. This CD set contains all the music played that night plus a 30 minute Q&A session, creating what must surely be one of the most important early documents of British ‘free’ jazz. CD2 also adds a studio-taped session from later that year. Both sets are previously unissued and both are essential listening for those interested in the course of modern jazz development within the UK. 12 page booklet with notes by Simon Spillett
Offers valuable insight into the emerging 1960s UK improve scene and how groups like SME and AMM were being accepted as part of the then escalating counterculture. Edwin Pouncey Jazzwise
Produced as CD-R (Recordable CD printed for short run) as opposed to CD-P (Pressed CDs made in quantities of 500+). Comes with original printed CD inlay and booklet annotated by Simon Spillett.
All CDs whether CD-R or CD-P are 100% guaranteed error free. Discs will always be replaced if any problems are encountered.