Incredible work from one of the most overlooked players of the British scene of the 60s – trumpeter Ian Hamer, best known for his studio sessions and large group apperances – heard here in an assortment of breathtaking small group recordings! The tunes on the 2CD set are from 5 different recordings between the years 1966 and 1974 – and feature Hamer working with players that include saxophonists Dick Morris
sey, Tubby Hayes, and Alan Skidmore, plus pianists Harry South and Alan Branscombe, the latter of whom plays some electric keys on the set as well! Things start off in tight formation – almost a post-Tempo kind of British jazz groove, with strong ensemble passages that break out into some well spirited solo work – especially that of Morris
sey, who's on these earliest sides. Then, things get more modern and progressive – as Hayes joins Hamer for three dates – on tracks that open up with the same exploratory and modern quality as Hayes' best work for Fontana in his later years. On the later dates, there's slight hints of some of the modes being explored in the Landsdowne scene – not that the music is actually progressive jazz, but that it grooves along with some more soul-based rhythms, and a sometimes freer sense of improvisation. And although the cover makes the music look to be of 50s Brit jazz vintage, there's an increasingly open sound here as the set moves on – offering a much needed look at a player that we never knew went this far! The set's got some great notes – and features 21 titles that include "Freakin Out", "Corpus", "Tobago", "Hamer-Philia", "This Is For Albert
", "Daffodils Are Yellow", "Greenwell's Glory", "Mini Minor", "Acropolis", "Sienna Red", and "Conversations At Dawn".