Sunny Murray : Drums
John Edwards : Double Bass
Tony Bevan : Tenor & Bass Saxophones
Another incident-packed collective workout, performed over funky drum and bass lines, before moving into free rhythm, still with an R&B feel. A remarkable album from this hard-wired trio. – Chris May, www.allaboutjazz.com
True artists thrive on opposition. Last month, the London Jazz Festival misplaced the veteran saxophonist Charles Gayle’s trio at a swanky Southwark ‘jazz restaurant’, but the musicians held their nerve as a waitress reassured unhappy diners: ‘Don’t worry. It is jazz’.
Likewise, Sunny Murray beat new paths around the kit with Cecil Taylor in the 1960s, but a double booking at a Newcastle jazz club last year saw his trio decamp to the working men’s club opposite. You can sense Sunny’s boys start to snag the regular drinkers during the first of three lengthy binges. The saxophonist Bevan relishes accompanying a legend; Edwards is the best bassist in Britain. All play like they have something to prove. – Stewart Lee, Times Online, December 9, 2007
FOGCD009 : The Gearbox Explodes (Foghorn Records Oct 1st 2007)
Recorded direct to mini-disc using one microphone by Paul Kelly. Post-production: Chris Trent. Thanks to Roger Telford, Paul Kelly and particularly Chris Trent for working miracles with the source recording. Excerpts from this concert will appear in the documentary film ‘Sunny’s Time Now’ by Antoine Prum to be released in 2008. All pieces are free improvisations by Murray (Murrayisum Music, AFL, Sacem, BMI)), Bevan (PRS), Edwards (PRS), Designed by: Paul Dunn at diablo. C & P Foghorn Records (uk) 2007.