20 July 2008

John Stevens – Spontaneous Music Ensemble (aka ‘Oliv’)Marmalade 608008/Polydor 2384 009 (lp) 1971 lame 320 kbs



A Friend ,who wants to remain anonymous has sent me this.

John Stevens – Spontaneous Music Ensemble (aka ‘Oliv’)
Kenny Wheeler (fh), Trevor Watts (as), Johnny Dyani (b), John Stevens (perc), Maggie Nicols (voc), Pepi Lemer (voc),
Carolann Nicholls (voc). Rec. by Eddie Offord at Advision Studio, London, February 7th, 1969.
Waiting for Giorgio 14’02 unissued
add Derek Bailey (g), Peter Lemer (p)
Waiting for Giorgio 22’50 –
Oliv I (Stevens/Nicols) 19’33 Marmalade 608008/Polydor 2384 009 (lp)
all out except Watts, Dyani, Stevens, Nicols
Oliv II (Stevens/Nicols) 16’02 Marmalade 608008/Polydor 2384 009 (lp)

This is almost folk like , very different to the pointilism derided as plink plonk scratch by detractors, which characterises most of their out put.

many thanks to the friend

enjoy!!

30 comments:

sotise said...

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Anonymous said...

GREAT find. Thanks.
-KADE

Nick said...

thank you sotise, and thank you anonymous friend. I've always been curious to hear this.

Anonymous said...

many thanks! just found this blog...haven't done any blog trawling since church no. 9 went down
-duplo

glmlr said...

Thanks Sotise. I'm a little confused - you wrote, "Waiting for Giorgio 14’02 unissued", then "Waiting for Giorgio 22’50 –
" blank! Is it included here?? I have this LP, but my ears are still "Waiting For Giorgio"!

gerireig said...

What a line-up! Once again, your impeccible taste is showing. Thanks again.

sotise said...

glmlr you'll unfortunately be waiting a long time for giorgio ..the track is not included here either.

the info was taken from john stevens online sessionography.

if anyone has either/or both takes of waiting for giorgio..please post!!

kinabalu said...

Thanks for this one, sotise. This is certainly one I've been waiting to hear. It's chamber music-like, if one would like to put a word on it, and perhaps not directly categorisable as jazz (though it goes get jazzy once the full band kicks in).

I picked up one John Stevens record called "Folkus - Life of Riley" which at least on the face of it would seem folkish, but on closer listening, is not really anything of the sort. This was an Affinity release from the first part of the 80s.

The Giorgio shouldn't happen to be Giorgio Gomelsky (also known as the G in the BYG label)?

sotise said...

yep kinabalu, thats our george.
folkus- life of riley sounds tantalizing, i never really explored stevens output much outside of sme..
it would make a fine future post perhaps eh....

glmlr said...

Kinabalu: No, that's not right. The G in BYG was Jean Georgakarakos.

kinabalu said...

sotise,

well, that's exactly what I've done - explore the non-SME part of John Stevens - assuming that the hounds would be after the SME - and by and large disregard whatever else he's done - hence making it easier to pick up good itmes on the second-hand market. And the Folkus is just one case in point.

glmr,

thanks for that correction. I haven't been able to make any clear connection of Gomelsky with BYG except through Daevid Allen and Gong - and he was involved with Magma later on, but were they on BYG at all? And I believe BYG started before Gomelsky left for France (for good - having had enough of the "perfidious Albions" by then).

Duncan said...

Thanks for posting this. I also have always wanted to hear this. For a lot more of John Stevens (SME and non-SME) see the Emanem label.

glmlr said...

I understand there's no Magma in the BYG Actuel catalogue, S.

For the record, BYG stands for Jacques Bisceglia, Jean-Luc Young & Jean Georgakarakos, who established the label.

hideo said...

incomprehensibly, I missed this and was just doing some web lookup on John Stevens and came back to it

thankyou, thankyou!

mike said...

kinabalu, any chance you could post that Folkus - Life of Riley? It would be appreciated by all here!

Rev. Dr. Moller. MDMA, THC and BAR. said...

Thanks very much for sharing this.

matt w said...

More belated thanks for posting this!

I'm just listening to the beginning and trying to think what it reminded me of -- it's Henry Threadgill's "In Touch" and his other work with Sentienla Toy. A very haunting vocal sound.

Benoît said...

A very very late comer on this, but would it be possible to imagine having this re-upped? The line up is quite mouthwatering, and I'd love to hear this SME in a folk context. (Moreover, the cover is beautiful, which doesn't spoil anything, does it?)
Thanks anyway: this blog is a beauty!

kinabalu said...

Sure thing!

rapidshare

oron

And there's a three-year old request for another John Stevens. Looks like I got work to do.

Benoît said...

Thank you thank you thank you!

This blog should be decorated by the UN for services rendered to the Universe!

kinabalu said...

I used to work for the UN once ...

Bob said...

Thanks for this. I bought the album when Polydor reissued it in 1972 and haven't heard it in years. The discographical details are rather garbled, though.

Olive I features Trevor Watts (as), Kenny Wheeler (fh), Derek Bailey (g), Peter Lemer (p), Johnny Dyani (b), John Stevens (perc), Maggie Nicols (voc), Pepi Lemer (voc), Carolann Nicholls (voc).

Oliv II has Trevor Watts (as), Johnny Dyani (b), John Stevens (perc), Maggie Nicols (voc).

It would be good to have it out on CD with the two unissued takes of Waiting for Giorgio.

john said...

thank you; I'm a bit late getting to this but am catching up with the bits of Stevens / Watts that I don't know, a great team.

Anonymous said...

any possibility to reup this gem in lossless please??
thanks
Alex in Solex

onxidlib said...

..soon a re-up will be visible...

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bventure said...

Amny thanks for the re-up!

Anonymous said...

thank you for as usual instant answer.great music , great blog , perfect upload (as usual!!!)
Alex in Solex

Anonymous said...

Though I'm not a great fan of John Stevens/SME's more sedate, chamber jazz recordings I do like to give them all a good listen. Many thanks for the lossless reup.

-Brian

Berg Larsen said...

any chance of a re-up please?