Jacky Naylor – The Industrial Suite (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 35:21 minutes | 365 MB | Genre: Jazz
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Jacky describes the project: “The great thing about this commission was that it enabled me to put together a new ensemble, featuring some of my favourite musicians: Tom Syson (Trumpet), Alex Hitchcock (Tenor), Harry Maund (Trombone) Will Sach (Double Bass) and Luca Caruso (Drums). The last year has been very different to previous years, with vastly reduced performance opportunities, but due to generous support from Arts Council England, we were able to rehearse and record this project. In addition, I invited videographer Tom Sankey to film the recording process, and document three pieces from the suite.”
Jacky continues, regarding the music of Industrial Suite: “‘Industrial’ is a suite of music I wrote in response to a commission from Lancaster Jazz Festival. It’s based on the textile mills and factories in the North of England, which are not only a big part of my own family’s history, but the history of many other northern families. The suite consists of five pieces, each with their own narrative and character, ranging from the busy mill-yard and heavy clunky machinery, to workers’ strikes and disputes, via a train ride through the Yorkshire countryside when the mills closed for Wakes Weeks.”
And Jacky shares his thoughts about his label: “Having worked alongside Martin (Hummel) for my trio release with Meraki earlier last year, I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Ubuntu family. There are so many incredible musicians on the label, and it’s a privilege to release my music alongside them.”
Martin Hummel, Director of Ubuntu Music, concludes: “Jacky is all about talent, brains and drive. Working with him on Meraki, his trio album, was an absolute pleasure. We’re delighted to continue this productive and fulfilling relationship with Jacky, as a special Ubuntu family member.”
In 2019, Naylor was commissioned by Lancaster Jazz Festival to write a new suite of music. He wanted to write about the wool and textile mills which dominate the place where he grew up and the history of many Northern families. The Industrial Suite was subsequently premiered at the Festival later that year. These five pieces tell the story of industrial growth and decline in the North of England with its profound implications for a future we are still living through.
I: Workshop of The World – The mill town is waking up. Workers are walking through cobbled streets toward the busy mill yard. Heavy, clunky machinery is turned on for another day’s work.
II: Wakes Weeks – The factories are closed and families travel to nearby seaside towns and villages. The opening describes a train ride through expansive countryside, away from the mills.
III: War of Attrition – Tensions between workers and mill owners explode into strikes and riots.
IV: The Last Mill – Abandoned mills still dominate Northern skylines. Now derelict, they are a constant reminder of what’s been lost.
V: Rebirth – Mills and factories are given a new lease of life in the 21st Century. They are converted into vibrant art galleries, restaurants and flats.
Many thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support of this project.
1. Workshop of The World (12:28)
2. Wakes Weeks (06:57)
3. War of Attrition (06:02)
4. The Last Mill (06:24)
5. Rebirth (03:30)