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by Sammy Stein
46 years after their previous release, the People Band are putting out a new CD. Paul Jolly is producing the project and releasing it through his record label, 33JAZZ records. Jolly is also a member of the band. He says, The reason for a new album is that our last one, released on the Emanem label, covered material from 1969 / 70 and there was nothing current to show that the band is still alive (mostly) and still creating." In ...read more
by Sammy Stein
The People Band and Friends Trbute to Mel Davis Cafe Oto London, England 28th October 2014 I knew when my friend turned to ask me, halfway through the event, This is a bit extreme isn't it?" that I had baptized him with fire. He had never been to a jazz gig before, let alone a free improv set like this, where most of the People Band and also many of their associates came together in ...read more
by John Eyles
This double-CD is the follow-up to 1968 (Transatlantic, 1970; reissued Emanem, 2004), People Band's only previous album. Where that album featured the band's first generation of players, 69/70 represents its second generation.
69/70 comes after tireless salvage work by Terry Day and Martin Davidson on tapes recorded in a Soho studio, at jam sessions at Mel Davis's house, live at the (in)famous Paradiso in Amsterdam, and live in Trent Park (just north of London). That list of locations gives some ...read more