Fitz Gore & The Talismen —
Soundmagnificat ... LP Gorbra/Sonorama (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
A rare jazz gem from tenor saxophonist Fitz Gore – originally issued on the Gorbra label in Germany in a very tiny quantity! The record's a bit unlike anything else of the time – spiritual jazz, certainly, but with all these different approaches that vary from track to track, as does the lineup – really showing a richness that leaves us breathless once the record is done! Gore's got this nicely edgey tone on the tenor – a tendency to maybe craft the occasional angles you might hear from an alto, but with a deeper sound overall – and other players on the record include Ulrich Gore on piano, Gerhard Ebbo on bass, and Phillipe Zobda Quitman on drums – although one track has gamelan, another has vibes, and another has congas – all of which makes for a nice shift in flavors! At times, Fitz has this slow-burning quality, at others he almost echoes a Coltrane ballads mode, and at one point he sings a bit – really surprising us with his mellifluous voice. Titles include "Steal Away", "Requiem For Julian Cannonball Adderley", "Delilah", and "A Sinner Kissed An Angel" – most nice and long. LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of work from the brilliant late 70s albums of Fitz Gore – a saxophonist who was born in Jamaica, but cut some incredible material in Germany in the latter half of the 70s – spiritual jazz, but mixed with some currents of his roots too – and served up in a mix of electric and acoustic modes that's mighty darn nice! Piano is acoustic and electric, played here by Lukoki Mapasi and Ulirch Kurth – and a number of the cuts have these really cool chromatic lines on guitar from Gil Nguema, a player whose tone makes for a great contrast to the sharper lines from Gore on tenor. Most cuts have added percussion too – and the long titles were all originally released on Fitz's own label, and are impossibly rare. Titles include "Mariella Amor", "Musication", "Revival Time", and a really great version of "Song For My Father". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered, limited edition of 500 – with bonus 7 inch single and download! Single features "Summertime" and "Gisela".)