Johnny Hawksworth & James Saunders – Ensemble

Johnny Hawksworth & James Saunders – Ensemble LP front cover
Johnny Hawksworth & James Saunders – Ensemble LP back cover
Johnny Hawksworth & James Saunders – Ensemble LP side A

First renowned as a jazz bass player during the 1950s, British Johnny Hawksworth, born 1924, started composing for television in the 1960s (the famous Thames Television theme, 1968) and published many library LPs in the 1960s and 1970s on De Wolfe and KPM, among others. Apparently a flute player during the 1970s, James Saunders turned to electronic music in the early 1980s with his albums Power Source on Music DeWolfe, ref. 3412, in 1980 (see video below), and Teletex, on Rouge, 1981 (info here).

Ensemble, published 1976, is a collection of instrumental miniatures for bass, guitar, piano and flute. Most tracks evoke peaceful and timeless moments in pastoral or cosy environments, like gardening, at home near the fireplace, a reverie in front of the window, etc. A delicious atmophere pervades these compositions, the quintessence of British mood music.

32 tracks

Johnny Hawksworth, upright bass, guitars, piano, celesta
James Saunders, flute, oboe

Total time 49:22
LP released by Music de Wolfe, ref. DWS/LO 3329, UK, 1976

Download [new link as of 01/31/2012]

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12 Responses to “Johnny Hawksworth & James Saunders – Ensemble”

  1. 1 Carl Howard August 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Oooh! I actually don’t have this. Thank you!

  2. 2 continuo August 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Hurrah! Glad I could surprise you.

  3. 3 Carl Howard August 22, 2011 at 9:10 am


  4. 4 bob August 24, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    whatta blog……………congratulations sir! amazing job. your knowledge and passion shall be shrewn across the universe for decades to come! forgotten gems for us to travel to times beyond our dreams!

    this shall let me while away many hours while i toil my heart out in the office world i inhabit,



  5. 5 continuo August 24, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you, Bob. Hope you’ll keep returning to these shores in the future.

  6. 6 bob September 10, 2011 at 10:11 am

    continuo, hope you managed to get that record i linked to you!

    all the best, bob!

  7. 7 continuo September 10, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Yes, I got it. Thanks! It’s a secret.

  8. 8 bob September 11, 2011 at 7:34 am

    take that as .0000001% thanks for all the great work you have done here!


  9. 9 Will January 31, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Hey, looks like I missed the boat with this one :( all links are dead. Any chance for a re up? Thanks for your consideration

  10. 11 Will January 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    depositfiles brings you to that option page no matter if the file is still hosted. click on free download and it brings you to the take down notice. I was wondering if i could re-up the libraries I scored from you that no longer hosted. In return it would be nice if you could re-up: D. Bradnam & W. Burrows – Open Land, Andrzej Marko & Andre Mikola – Fly Me to the Sun, and John Leach – Prehistoric, Ancient and Period.

  11. 12 continuo January 31, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Re-upped. Thanks for the goodie you send – too bad it’s already posted on the web.

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