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Nostalgia 77 Octet - The Impossible Equation

Nostalgia 77 Octet The Impossible EquationNostalgia 77 Octet The Impossible Equation
best of 2006Nostalgia 77 Octet - The Impossible Equation
(LP) Tru Thoughts TRU107, 2006-08-29

Info :
Very limited 40 min. LP recorded by the Nostalgia 77 Octet during a recent session including "The Impossible Equation" – an improvised free jazz piece. On the B-Side, the Octet perform a cover version of a modal jazz piece originally recorded by Horace Tapscott's Pan-African People's Arkestra.

Tracklisting :
A1. The Impossible Equation 22:23
B1. Desert Fairy Princess 10:47
B2. Well Being 6:32

Note : B1 written by J. Sharpes

12 inch artwork :
Nostalgia 77 Octet The Impossible EquationNostalgia 77 Octet The Impossible Equation

Press Release :
Over the course of four years, two solo albums and a handful of singles, Benedic Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) has gradually allowed his passion for the music of the free jazz era to come to the fore.

A fast developing talent for composition and arrangement soon overshadowed his prodigious studio-based production skills, prompting him to form a live incarnation of the Nostalgia 77 sound.

In February 2006, just as their debut 'Sevens & Eights: Live At The Jazz Café' album was released to widespread acclaim, The Nostalgia 77 Octet locked themselves away for a week in a cottage in the Welsh valleys.

In addition to an albums-worth of rehearsed material (due for release in late 2006), the trip resulted in a series of spontaneous free jazz pieces.

One – dubbed 'The Impossible Equation' – will be released in strictly limited quantities this August as a vinyl-only album.

An engrossing 22 minute catharsis (it was the final recording the group made during their time in Wales) this deeply atmospheric piece sounds incredibly coherent; especially considering that it was entirely improvised.

Beginning quietly with the sound of a single shaker, 'The Impossible Equation' gradually builds into a swirling groove of cacophonous drums and horns. The arrival of the double bass signals a change in time, daring others to follow suit. As the trombone soars high over the mid-section, passing the baton to the piano, a trance-like state descends over the piece, setting the mood for a beautiful, bittersweet finale.

On the B Side, the Octet perform a cover version of a modal jazz piece originally recorded by Horace Tapscott’s Pan-African People's Arkestra.

Inspired (aesthetically as well as spiritually) by their great reverence for the pioneers of jazz, the Octet recorded the album using vintage equipment, capturing the warmth and atmosphere of the classic '60s albums. Even the minimalist sleeve design was inspired by the 'no-frills' look of the golden era.

XLR8R "Nostalgia 77 Octet's beautiful, exquisite, melodic textures embody a time gone by yet nod confidently toward the future"
DJ Magazine "Compelling, forward thinking jazz business"
The Guardian "Nostalgia 77 Octet make the music sound and, more importantly, feel good"
Notion "A welcome excursion into free jazz; accomplished and intelligent"
Time Out "Like Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear, Nostalgia 77 explore an ignored strain of British Jazz"
The Big Chill "Essential music!"
IDJ Magazine "Nothing short of a touch of genius"
Blowback "Another gem in the Tru Thoughts crown"


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