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Don Rendell Quintet – Space Walk (1972/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Don Rendell Quintet – Space Walk (1972/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 38:37 minutes | 788 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Decca (UMO)

As British jazz reaches new and unprecedented peaks of popularity, major labels are revisiting their vaults and rereleasing artistically enduring but long unavailable albums. Universal/Decca’s British Jazz Explosion: Originals Re-Cut is the most ambitious of such reissue programs to be announced so far in 2021. It concentrates on the years 1965 -1972, a pivotal period in the coming of age of British jazz and one which continues to inspire the generation of young radicals who are making their mark in 2021 and whose de facto standard bearer is the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Shabaka Hutchings.

British Jazz Explosion: Originals Re-Cut kicked off on July 2 2021 with the double-album sampler Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972). Tenor saxophonist Don Rendell’s Space Walk, originally released on EMI/Lansdowne in 1972, is the first of at least fourteen titles scheduled for release in the series from summer 2021 into 2022. These albums are being released on 180 gram vinyl and downloads only; for reasons which are unclear, there are, aside from the sampler, no CDs.

Rendell was born around a year before fellow tenor player and British modern jazz trailblazer Ronnie Scott and the two musicians paid their dues from the late 1940s on the same circuit of clubs, bars and rehearsal rooms clustered in London’s Soho. Rendell played a Lester Young-inspired brand of bop before beginning to experiment with modal structures at the turn of the 1960s. He did this first with the quintet which recorded Roarin’ (Jazzland) in summer 1961. The band’s lineup included Cannonball Adderley-inspired alto saxophonist Graham Bond and, at various times, future Cream bassist and drummer Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Three months after making Roarin’, Rendell caught John Coltrane on his only British tour and was so fired up by what he heard that he doorstepped the American at his hotel after the concert. Rendell later described encountering Coltrane, and his effect on jazz, as a “golden earthquake.” He continued to explore modal jazz with a quintet he co-led with trumpeter Ian Carr through the second half of the 1960s.

1. Don Rendell Quintet – On The Way (Remastered 2020)
2. Don Rendell Quintet – Antibes (Remastered 2020)
3. Don Rendell Quintet – Summer Song (Remastered 2020)
4. Don Rendell Quintet – Street Called Straight (Remastered 2020)
5. Don Rendell Quintet – Euroaquilo (Remastered 2020)
6. Don Rendell Quintet – A Matter Of Time (Remastered 2020)
7. Don Rendell Quintet – Space Walk (Remastered 2020)


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