The Odysseus Suite by Don Rendell Sextet - British Progressive Jazz [BPJ003S] FLAC download included with physical items

The Odysseus Suite

A 4 track avant garde jazz ep (28m 33s) — released February 4th 2022 on British Progressive Jazz

Live studio session recorded in London, October 1970.

Previously unreleased. Stereophonic sound.

Based on Homer's Odyssey.

Don Rendell - saxes, flute

Stan Robinson - saxes, flute

Peter Shade - vibes, flute

Michael Garrick - piano

Jack Thorncroft - bass

Trevor Tomkins - drums

All tracks composed by Don Rendell

Those already familiar with the classic 1970 Lansdowne Recordings album Greek Variations & Other Aegean Exercises by Neil Ardley, Don Rendell and Ian Carr will immediately recognise the four compositions on this EP from the closing segment of that collection. The versions included here however, are taken from a separate session recorded around the same time and reveal that Rendell had a grander vision for them than simply to round off a collaborative album.

Not only are the tracks here nearly 20 min longer in total than the Lansdowne sessions, they also include two additions to the personnel in Peter Shade on vibes and flute, and Rendell's colleague from the recently-disbanded Rendell/Carr Quintet, Michael Garrick on piano. Whilst Shade had only just joined the group and along with the Greek Variations quartet of Rendell, Stan Robinson, Jack Thorncroft and Trevor Tompkins would go on to record Rendell's next album Space Walk, Garrick was about to leave, and indeed this recording represents one of his final recorded performances with Rendell until the pair were reunited (alongside Ian Carr) for the BBC's Jazz Britannia concert three decades later in 2001.

Restored and mastered by Matt Parker for British Progressive Jazz

...roars straight out of the gate with irrepressible joie de vivre... 4/5 - Daniel Spicer Jazzwise - April 2022

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