27 March 2014


Soundwise these recordings are a bit muffled but the music's really excellent IMHO.
Maybe someone has a better version!?

The Double Trio track was recorded about two month before Brötzmann's 'Machine Gun' - makes for an interesting comparison.

Maybe one day it will see a proper release....

1. Juicy (from the unreleased Cul-de-Sac soundtrack) (K. Komeda/2:10/completed track)
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet
Paul Rutherford, trombone
Trevor Watts, alto saxophone, breathing
Jeff Clyne, bass
John Stevens, drums, percussion

Recorded by Eddie Kramer, probably at Olympic Sound Studios, London, April 1966.
The Ensemble was apparently commissioned via Eddie Kramer to record compositions by Krzysztof Komeda for the soundtrack of Roman Polanski’s 1966 film Cul-de-Sac, an offbeat black-comedy set on the island of Lindisfarne.

2. Springboard (and radio announcement) (Stevens/3:56)
Kenny Wheeler, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Paul Rutherford, trombone
Evan Parker, soprano & tenor saxophone
Trevor Watts, alto saxophone, flute, oboe
Derek Bailey, guitar
Barry Guy, bass
John Stevens, drums

Recorded live by BBC Radio at the Paris cinema, London, Mon March 20, 1967;
tr: BBC Radio Light Programme The Jazz Scene (Jazz Club slot), March 26, 1967.

3. Willow Trio - Part 2 (extract 7:59)
Evan Parker, soprano saxophone
Barre Phillips, bass
John Stevens, percussion

Recorded by Eddie Kramer at Olympic Sound Studios, London, October 6, 1967. Willow Trio sessions.

4. Double Trio - Part 1 (32:05)
Evan Parker, soprano saxophone
Trevor Watts, alto saxophone
Dave Holland, bass
Peter Kowald, bass
Rashied Ali, drums, percussion
John Stevens, drums, percussion

Recorded by Eddie Kramer at Olympic Sound Studios, London, March 10, 1968. Unreleased studio session.
 Island (unissued)


onxidlib said...


SOTISE said...

superb thank you!

Bhowani said...

Thank you !!

Jazzjet said...

Amazing! Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

jaw on floor

sandor essedy said...

thanks for this SME.

Wallofsound said...


Sami said...

Yes! Lovely music!!! Thank you! The double trio is amazing even without hearing the music. And with the music!!!!!! How Rashied Ali ended up to these "jams"? I hope someone took photos at the after party. Sorry for the promotion but somehow these recordings made me think of the great Finnish free jazz 4tet Rauhan Orkesteri. Gentle fire, anti-macho horns... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uqSLX8sYDM

john said...

thanks for these rarities.

jazzlover79 said...

Great stuff!! There's a little session info here: http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mstdisc1.html

Seems like there's a lot of other interesting SME sessions that haven't seen the light of day... yet (???)

Chris said...

Thanks onxidlib for more unreleased SME

Clifford Allen said...

Rashied Ali was briefly resident in London at the time of the double trio. He also played in a quartet with Feza, Pukwana and Harry Miller (would love to hear that!) ...

Sami said...

Thanks Clifford for the insight!! More of these sessions would be definitely great to hear.

matt w said...

Thank you!