There have been countless attempts to counteract the inherently boring nature of the CD as an artefact and the approach adopted by Feral shapes up better than some on the strength of this first release, which takes some excellent music by saxophonist Iain Ballamy (in the company of three young Norwegian musicians) and packages it with a set of intriguing print artworks by Dave McKean in an elegant library case. On the other hand, we may now be so accustomed to the blandness of the format that any attempt to escape it seems like a distraction. While debating this, it's important not to forget to play the disc, which is quite remarkable and a far cry from Ballamy's formative years in the sprawling bloke-jazz outfit Loose Tubes. Recorded live at the Molde Jazz Festival in 1998, it's astounding that this music seems to date from the very beginning of Ballamy's association with these musicians, given their obvious level of empathy.
A sublime listening experience of superior reggae music - This essential deluxe edition of ‘Night Food’ features an astonishing 11 previously unreleased works & outtakes, never made the final cut. Comprising Leroy Sibbles, Earl Morgan and Barry Llewellyn, the Heptones first burst onto the Jamaican music scene with a series of sublime rock steady and reggae classics recorded for Coxson Dodd’s celebrated Studio One enterprise. By the mid-70s, the trio were regularly recording for Harry Johnson at his studio in Kingston, having scored big with the producer with ‘Book Of Rules’, a highlight of the 1972 cult movie classic, ‘The Harder They Come’. Working at Harry J’s, the group cut enough material for two albums, although only 10 of the tracks were ultimately selected to comprise the new LP, which in March 1976 saw issue as ‘Night Food’.
The French saxophonist Christophe Monniot and Hungarian master keyboards Emil Spanyi, Ozone created in 2006 as a duo. Recently, with drummer John Quitzke and the excellent Hungarian bassist Matyas Szandai the Ozone quartet named Acoustyle Quartet, played on the stage of Lopus Jazz Club in November 2014 and mesmerized the audience. The addition of the rhythm section was like an organic evolution of symbiosis between ten years and Monniot Spanyi and the result was a mature program with a dense texture and a brilliant balance of composition and improvisation.