Monday, February 27, 2017

Amalgam - 1977 - Mad


01. Wai-Ya Wai-Ya
02. Jive
03. Berlin Wall / Mad

Bass – Colin McKenzie
Drums – Liam Genockey
Electric Piano – Willem Kuhne
Saxophone [Saxophones] – Trevor Watts

Mad is a seriously killer album buy UK free-jazz guru Trevor Watts. Amalgam was a band name he used when he didn’t want his musicians to be chastised by pigeonholes and genre specifics. Amalgam seemed to be a community where likeminded musicians where let free to express their musical desires.

You can not under estimate the importance of Trevor Watts in the UK free-jazz scene, ok so Joe Harriott was the originator of the UK avant scene, but he was a real lone player, maybe a little ahead of his time, but Trevor Watts really became the godfather of this whole British sub-culture.

This album has unfairly been lumped under the jazz-rock banner, god knows how, but forget about banners and give it a go. Full-on don’t get much more full-on than this, you will be exhausted after sitting thorough the whole thing.

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