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Day of the Dead/October Ferry/Symphony of Scorpions/Forest Path to the Spring
     

The Day of the Dead/October Ferry/Symphony of Scorpions/Forest Path to the Spring

by Graham Collier
 
Great Britain's BGO label continues its ambitious reissue of bassist/composer/arranger Graham Collier's works with this fourth volume of recordings cut between 1976 and 1978, all inspired by, and/or based upon, works by author Malcolm Lowry. Disc one contains Collier's extended The Day of the Dead suite, which is over 70 minutes in length. It contains read

Overview

Great Britain's BGO label continues its ambitious reissue of bassist/composer/arranger Graham Collier's works with this fourth volume of recordings cut between 1976 and 1978, all inspired by, and/or based upon, works by author Malcolm Lowry. Disc one contains Collier's extended The Day of the Dead suite, which is over 70 minutes in length. It contains read passages from Under the Volcano as well as Dark as the Grave Wherein My Friend Is Laid, read beautifully by John Carbery. The music, which is by turns impressionistic and expressionistic, leaves room for short periods of improvisation; it is performed by an ensemble that includes Collier, Alan Wakeman, Roger Dean, Mike Page, Harry Beckett, and Peter Duncan. Disc two contains the truly strange long-form Canterbury-influenced jazz-rock work "October Ferry," which was also on the original The Day of the Dead LP, based on the author's October Ferry from Gabriola, but with no narration. The remainder contains Collier's glorious "Symphony of Scorpions," relating to The Day of the Dead. Played by Collier's working ensemble (Beckett, Henry Lowther, Dean, and Art Themen), it may be called a "symphony," simply because of the unification of theme and relational harmonic ideas -- in other words, it's as loose and shambolic as Lowry's writings. The set ends with the lovely, brief "Forest Path to the Spring," based upon a Lowry poem, played by the same group according to a closely defined chart by Collier. The sound here is greatly improved from the Disconforme editions of these works from 2001, and these sets were approved by Collier before his death in 2011.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2011
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261210289
catalogNumber:
6121028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Collier   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Leader
Harry Beckett   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Henry Lowther   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Tony Roberts   Saxophone
Roy Babbington   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Malcolm Griffiths   Trombone
Mike Page   Alto Flute,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Art Themen   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Alan Wakeman   Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
John Webb   Drums
Ed Speight   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roger Dean   Piano,Electric Piano
Alan Jackson   Drums
John Mitchell   Percussion
Ashley Brown   Percussion,Drums
Peter Duncan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
John Carbery   Narrator

Technical Credits

Graham Collier   Composer,Liner Notes,Direction
Bob Auger   Engineer
Brian Morton   Liner Notes
Art Lange   Liner Notes
Mike Jarvis   Sleeve Design

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