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1966
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LP

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SARANG 028LP SARANG 028LP
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11/20/2020

Sarang Bang Records Archive Series Vol. 1, previously unreleased recordings of Bernie McGann compiled by Gianmarco Liguori. This compilation documents part of an exciting period in Australasian jazz. Recorded in Sydney, 1966, you hear that Bernie McGann was already one of the great Australian jazz stylists. At that time, the only publicly available recording he made was two tracks on the Jazz Australia compilation (1967). Two years earlier, McGann was living in Auckland, New Zealand (1963-64). It was here that he worked regularly with Kim Paterson, Andy Brown, and pianist Dave MacRae, and the basis of this band came into being. "Lazy Days", "Chuggin'", and "Sky" were salvaged from a cassette in Kim Paterson's collection, one of the few remaining copies. Originally intended for a radio broadcast, the master tapes were reportedly destroyed after the session. "Rhythm-a-Ning" and "When Will The Blues Leave?" were taped by Trevor Graham at the Wayside Chapel in King's Cross. Graham was a Sydney music journalist and ally of the avant-garde, with the foresight to capture some of what was happening at the time. This album is also notable for a rare appearance by the mysterious American drummer George Neidorf (misspelt as "Neidori" in the liner notes on the first Soft Machine album), an early influence on drummer Robert Wyatt. Field recordings of a major artist in strong company -- a lost treasure of Antipodean modern jazz. Personnel: Bernie McGann - alto sax; Kim Paterson - trumpet; Bobby Gebert - piano (side A); Andy Brown - bass; George Neidorf - drums. Recorded by Trevor Graham in Sydney, Australia (copyright 1966). Tip-on jacket with insert. "There is no more engaging nor distinctive alto saxophone sound on the planet than McGann's." --Sydney Morning "McGann takes the language of bebop then bends and stretches it to fit the contours of his own remarkable imagination." --The Wire "Bernie McGann's sound is exciting and physical, as heated as any post-coltrane modernist." --Downbeat