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ARTIST
TITLE
Guiding Spirit
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
JMAN 089LP JMAN 089LP
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RELEASE DATE
8/19/2016

Guiding Spirit (2010) was the second album by Nat Birchall for the fledgling Manchester label Gondwana Records. The follow-up to the remarkable debut of Akhenaten found him exploring different textures using percussion and instruments like the kora and the harp. It was also the first time Nat had recorded on the soprano saxophone, featured here on the songs "Keep the Light Shining" and "Higher Regions". Nat reveals a concept on the instrument quite unlike most other contemporary players of the higher-pitched horn, his sound more akin to the keening tone of the Indian shenai master, Bismillah Khan, perfectly in keeping with the music's more Eastern sounding leanings. The music here is firmly rooted in the modal jazz world of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane and others who sought to expand upon the avenues of expression originally forged by John Coltrane in the heady days of the early 1960s. As has often been pointed out by commentators however, this is no pastiche or remake. This is the real thing, played absolutely in the now, but played from and in the spirit of then. Originally released only in CD format, Jazzman Records are proud to make this music available on vinyl for the first time. Only 600 copies pressed. Features: Matthew Halsall on trumpet and Rachael Gladwin on kora and harp.