Tim Richards' GREAT SPIRIT/
Best of SPIRIT LEVEL
33 JAZZ 051 - two CDs

"Passion, groove and grit."
John Lewis TIME OUT

Track Listings:

DISC 1 - GREAT SPIRIT (nine-piece band):

Suite for the Shed
(1999)
1.
Hill House 6.13
2.
The Lost Valley 10.55
3.
White Road 7.05
4.
Island on the Edge of the World 5.25
5.
Off the Map 6.26
6.
Up the Creek 3.23
7.
Ticket to Tomorrow 8.47
(all compositions T Richards)

Total Time: 48.28

The music tells the story of a journey through fantastic landscapes - partly imaginary and partly inspired by travels in wilderness areas of Yorkshire, Scotland and abroad - exciting, thought-provoking and accessible modern jazz with contemporary, blues, funk and African influences.

"An impressive new full-lengh work."
Dave Gelly THE OBSERVER

"Attractive ensemble writing... infectious grooves... powerful soloing..."
Kennie Mathieson JAZZWISE Magazine
(4 stars - an outstanding release)

"High-powered nine-piece... the arrangements are crisp and well-organised. The Suite shows the typical British jazz pro in a pretty good light..."
Jack Massarik EVENING STANDARD Hot Tickets
CD of the week

"A very fine example of British writing by a veteran of the modern UK scene."
Mark Gilbert JAZZ REVIEW

"Summons up the bluesy flavour of mid-period Charles Mingus."
Phil Johnson The INDEPENDENT


DISC 2 - Best of SPIRIT LEVEL:

From Mice in the Wallet LP (1982):
1.
Mice in the Wallet (Paul Dunmall)
2.
Orinoco (T Richards)
3.
50 Years in a Factory (Paul Dunmall)
From
Proud Owners LP (1984):
4.
From the Deep (T Richards)
5. Levitation (T Richards)
6. Be Two (Dave Holdsworth)
From Killer Bunnies LP (1986):
7.
Snagadaa (Jack Walrath)
8. A Study in Porcine (Jack Walrath)
9. Dustbiter (T Richards)
10. Killer Bunnies (Jack Walrath)
11. Kirsten Sunday Morning (Jack Walrath)
From The Swiss Radio Tapes (1989):
12. Red Moon (Paul Dunmall)
From
New Year (1990):
13.
In Search of the Sixth Sense (T Richards)
14. Chin Up! (T Richards)
15. Dedication (Jerry Underwood)

Total Time: 73.34

"An excellent look back at a fine band."
Kennie Mathieson JAZZWISE Magazine

"An important piece of British jazz history is combined with stimulating new music to make up an excellent two CD set."
Chris Yates The JAZZ RAG

"A valuable piece of Britjazz documentation."
John Fordham The GUARDIAN

"Everyone who reads this magazine should buy a copy of this album - it's British jazz at its best... evidence Richards is a far more important force in British jazz than he has been given credit for. The tracks with American trumpeter Jack Walrath are barely short of sensational..."
Stuart Nicholson JAZZWISE Magazine
(4 stars - an outstanding release)

"It is heartening to hear music of this quality from this side of the water."
Mark Gilbert JAZZ REVIEW

"A Budget reissue that is excellent value offering over two hours of great music."
CADENCE (USA)

 

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