British saxophonist and bandleader Nat Birchall has been deeply inspired by Jamaican music for some time now. Ever since purchasing his first reggae record in 1972 but this album is his first venture into the genre.
The album finds Birchall coming together with dub master, multi-instrumentalist Al Breadwinner Redfern and legendary Jamaican trombonist Vin Gordon for a heavenly 10-track voyage of instrumental Roots Reggae.
The resulting album is a glorious tribute to the classic instrumental Roots and Dub music of yesteryear. But it is no mere pastiche, the music is fresh and dynamic and even current – the Jamaican sounds of the seventies gradually crept into more mainstream music so that when we hear these sounds now, they sound timeless rather than ” of their time”.
Bringing back those 70’s Roots music vibes the paring musically of Birchall and Breadwinner is quite simply unbeatable.
We’re excited to offer you a little taste with the premiere of ‘In The Hills’. Speaking to Birchall after the session Vin Gordon said “You know, I came up with the great hornsmen of Jamaica – Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Lester Sterling. I don’t hear that sound too much nowadays, but now I hear it again, with you.”
Sounds Almighty is out on June 15th via Tradition Disc, a joint production label of the pair. You can pre-order the album here.