No. 1--the energetically contrapuntal debut album by the duo Black Top--is, in reality, a trio endeavor. UK based multi-instrumentalists Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas have been a frequent presence in the London club scene, sharing their live performances with a host of up and coming UK artists. Among them, saxophonist Steve Williamson is the most well established having recorded with vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson as well working live with Courtney Pine, Iain Ballamy, and Archie Shepp. Williamson joins Black Top in what is surely the most improvisational recording work of his career. The marriage of Robinson and Orphy's ...read more
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