Wednesday, February 7, 2018

ELTON DEAN / ALAN SKIDMORE / CHRIS LAURENCE / JOHN MARSHALL – El Skid (Vinyl Rec. – VS 103 / LP-1977)




Label: Vinyl Records – VS 103
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Black Label / Country: Germany / Released: 1977
Style: Post Bop, Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Riverside Studios, 25th and 26th February, 1977, London.
Design [Cover] – John Fewster
Photography By – Bill Triance
Recording Engineer By – John Gill
Produced – Manfred Schiek
Written-By – Skidmore (tracks: A1, B2) / Dean (tracks: A2, B1)
Original German Pressing
Vinyl Records / Labelcode: LC 7284 / Schlüterstraße 53, 1000 Berlin 12, W. Germany
Matrix / Runout: (Side A Etched) A VS.103 A PF
Matrix / Runout: (Side B Etched) A VS.103 B PF

A1 - Dr. Les Mosses  (A. Skidmore) ................................................................. 8:28
A2 - First In The Attic  (E. Dean) .................................................................... 12:45
B1 - That's For Cha  (E. Dean) ....................................................................... 10:55
B2 - K And A Blues  (A. Skidmore) .................................................................. 9:32

Personnel:
Elton Dean – alto saxophone
Alan Skidmore – tenor saxophone
Chris Laurence – acoustic bass
John Marshall – drums, percussion





Elton Dean is probably still best known for his contribution to Soft Machine, where his fuzzy, amplified alto grafted a jazz sensibility onto that band's organ driven psychedelic fusions. Like many of his peers (Lol Coxhill, Nick Evans, Gary Windo, Keith Tippett) Dean flitted between prog rock fusion, post bop jazz and free improv with ease, and he still does. On this long unavailable 1977 date, he teams up with tenorist Alan Skidmore (with the able support of bassist Chris Laurence and Soft Machine drummer John Marshall) for a straightahead acoustic blowing session on four original tunes, and mighty fine it is too.
Skidmore has long acknowledged his debt to John Coltrane, but he tempers the sheets of sound approach with passages of gutbucket bluesiness, recalling his tenure with John Mayall. On the opening "Dr Les Mosses" he sounds more like Sonny Rollins, delivering a concise, melodic solo over the breakneck tumbling swing of the rhythm section, paving the way for Dean's extended skyscraping alto excursion. Laurence contributes a furiously funked duet with Marshall to encouraging shouts from Skidmore...




The tenorist Alan Skidmore peppers the ballad swing of "First in the Attic" with urgent, doubletimed low register flurries, sparking off Laurence and Marshall into explosive commentary; Skidmore settles on a phrase, modulates it, moves to another or breaks out into keening high register lines, but keeps his ear firmly on the changes. Dean's influences are harder to pinpoint; his smeared phrasing, sometimes vocalised tone and quicksilver runs recall Eric Dolphy, Ornette or even Jackie Mclean, but only fleetingly; Dean is his own man. "Thats for Cha" features Dean on his saxello and Skidmore on soprano but despite its attractively Monkish melody fails to ignite, though the rumbustious blues of "K and A Blues" closes proceedings with things back on track.

The somewhat dry, close miked recording sucks the air out of things a little, but this joyous, unpretentious music is much bigger than that; these four fine musicians sound like they're enjoying themselves, and its infectious. Recommended.

(Review By Peter Marsh, 2002, BBC Review)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4bdp/



If you find it, buy this album!

14 comments:

  1. DEAN / SKIDMORE / LAURENCE / MARSHALL – El Skid (LP-1977)
    Vinyl Rip/FLAC-96kHz+Artwork (369 MB)

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  2. Sweet!!!!!! Thank you Vitko. You always know JUST the right album to post.

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  3. Nice one Vitko - One of my fav Elton albums from a very short lived band but also remember them doing a BBC Broadcast which also included First In The Attic about Elton's North London flat.

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  4. My respect, Mr. Woods. This album is also very fond to me. Tomorrow is a twelve years since the premature death of Mr. Elton Dean, so I give this beautiful spontaneous music to all who love the work of this extraordinary musician. Nice memories.

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    1. So very premature Vitko, a memorable gig for me was seeing SOS live and Mike Osborne was ill so Elton stepped in and what a joy to hear Elton, Skid and John Surman playing live together

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    2. Oh .... that must have been a great pleasure. You had an extraordinary happiness. Is this performance accidentally recorded somewhere?

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    3. Indeed it was a great gig Vitko. Not sure about it being recorded but you never know. Think so far there have only been 2 albums put out by SOS

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  5. Fantastic album by four of my favorite musicians of ever! Fortunately I have the original Vinyl, but thank you for digitizing it.

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  6. Thank you for this record, complete new to me

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