Simon H Fell ‘Compilation I’

LP front coverSimon H FellSide ALP back cover

01 Compilation I – Part I (20:01)
02 Compilation I – Part II (20:54)

Martin Jones: trumpet, flugelhorn
Charles Wharf: sop. & tn saxophone
Shay McIntire: trombone
Ray Harborne: guitar
Andy Street: piano
Simon H Fell: oboe, keyboards, double bass, bass guitar
Tony Shepherd: drums
Neil Bates: drums
Peter Fairclough: drums, percussion

Total time 40:55
LP released on Bruce’s Fingers, ref BC01, Cambridge, UK, 1985

Simon H Fell‘s 1st LP on his own newly launched Bruce’s Fingers label is titled ‘Compilation I’, possibly due to the fact that the album is a collection of shorter tracks/sessions culled together to form the 2 side-long epics. It seems the source material was recorded during regular jazz sessions and then re-constructed by Simon H Fell with the use of sampler (the cover says ‘computer’ as well). Silences have been inserted to form a suite of sorts, sometimes as long as 1 minute at the beginning of side B – a quite unusual feature in an otherwise regular post-bebop album. Discreet experiments in sound panning, speed change on one instrument and sampler interjections complete the special effects. Good session musicians add to the leader’s many original ideas. While he was certainly not the only jazz player to experiment with electronics at the time (think Alfred Harth & Heiner Goebbels, John Zorn, Richard Teitelbaum with Braxton…), Simon H Fell succeeds in building a coherent soundwork from various sessions and techniques.


6 Responses to “Simon H Fell ‘Compilation I’”

  1. 1 Lucky April 29, 2009 at 8:34 am

    thanks for this wonderful share, continuo!

    sometimes we indeed need more mp3’s… like this, for example! ;)

  2. 2 continuo April 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    An mp3 lovingly ripped from vinyl is something special, indeed. Thanks for dropping by, Lucky.

  3. 3 il angelo April 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I know very little ( or heard in any case) but liked what I did. Thanks

  4. 4 continuo April 29, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Great! Glad you enjoyed something from this blog.

  5. 5 Rob Mullender April 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    i’ve seen simon fell live, and he’s quite a presence…

  6. 6 wightdj June 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    A beauty, thanks.

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