Prelude & Deodato 2
Themes from The Exorcist, The French Connection, The Sting and other great films & Flashpoint
Hiroshima & Odori
The original LP SCX 6354 (1969) STEREO
Stephano's Dance (D'Silva)**
Spring Low, Sweet Harriott (Spring; Harriott)***
Ballad for Goa (D'Silva)*
Hum Dono (D'Silva)
Recorded at Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, London
Joe Harriott (alto sax)
Amancio D'Silva (guitar)
Dave Green (bass)
Bryan Spring (drums)
* add Norma Winstone (vocal)
** add Norma Winstone (vocal) & Ian Carr (flugelhorn)
*** Joe Harriott (alto sax) & Bryan Spring (drums)
the handsomely packaged CD
Steeped in mythical status due to the limited run of the original vinyl pressing, and the high esteem in which it is held by any musicians and listeners lucky enough to have heard it, Hum Dono does not disappoint, and is unquestionably one of the greatest of British jazz albums, a crystallisation of the immense cultural riches of a post-colonial UK.
For the coda of Ballad for Goa alone, where D'Silva assumes a mandolin's grace and [Norma] Winstone a flute's delicacy with heart-melting poignancy, this album is worth buying. The rub is that the whole repertoire, above all the title track, is blessed with the same beauty.
(Five stars out of five stars)
Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise magazine, March 2015
“ It’s something of a perplexing mystery as to why the album Hum Dono, deemed a lost classic by this country’s jazz cognoscenti, has never been reissued before; original vinyl copies only 2,000 were pressed up by Columbia have exchanged hands for as much as 1,000. What’s supremely ironic is that this so-called Holy Grail of British jazz was recorded by a quartet co-led by two musicians who weren’t indigenous to Old Blighty: Jamaica-born alto saxophonist Joe Harriott and Bombay guitarist Amancio D’Silva. Both men relocated to England (Harriott in the ’50s and Silva in the ’60s) and, in 1969, joined forces to create what is undoubtedly a masterpiece of cross-cultural fusion. Silva provides all but one of the set’s six compositions, but Harriott’s contribution, with his darting, arabesque-like sax lines, is an important component in helping to weave disparate musical elements together. Ethereal vocals by Norma Winstone add to the album’s sonic allure, especially on the hauntingly brilliant coda, Jaipur.”
Charles Waring, Record Collector magazine, March 2015
“ Coveted by collectors, this stunning gem of a collaboration represents the last recording by the great alto-saxophonist and freeform jazz pioneer Harriott, who left his native Jamaica for Britain in the 1950s. Like Harriott, guitarist Amancio D’Silva wasn’t British by birth but relocated to London in the ’60s, where he began fusing Indian music with jazz to create a unique sound that seamlessly melded both styles ”
“ Norma Winstone’s astral vocals and Ian Carr’s flugelhorn imbues the set’s standout cut, Jaipur, with a luminous, haunting quality.”
Charles Waring, MOJO magazine, March 2015
Scott of the Antarctic – complete film score
From latest Prog Magazine issue:
"Engineer Michael Dutton’s peerless remastering of the quad mix is simply breathtaking".
Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 4 "Turksib"
Organ Concertos & A Mini Discourse by E. Power Biggs