Ferg Ireland Trio: Volume I
Broken beat, new age jazz cuts for the feet and head, from Ferg Ireland Trio - Nathaniel Facey, James Maddren and Ferg Ireland laying it down raw with bass, drum, saxophone.
Birthed from informal sessions in South London around 2013, and recorded in one day, keeping recordings raw & expressive, letting the instruments do the talking. This vinyl edition features the two fiercest cuts from the album, cut nice & loud to a 12".
"Ireland (Kansas Smittys, Soweto Kinch, Ashley Henry, 22a), Nathaniel Facey (Empirical) and James Maddren (Kit Downes, Jacob Collier, Gwilym Simcock) have been playing together for over a decade, and this is reflected in the telepathy of their musical conversation. The twists and turns of their dialogue delve deep into the dark heart of modern jazz.
The compositions (all Ireland originals) draw on the post bop tradition, with lashings of London’s dance rhythms blended with the new fusion sounds emerging south of the Thames. In the opener ‘Stay Broke’, the Broken Beat scene is a clear reference, but smooth edges are bent into something more raw and ominous. Facey’s acerbic alto sound darts in and out of Maddren’s frenetic, polyrhythmic kit-work and Ireland’s deep, endlessly looping bassline. A soundtrack fit for the dystopian dance floors of the new decade."
Repress of this one which originally came out in 2018 -
sounding hella fresh in 2021 too.
Edition of 300.
Ferg Ireland - Bass / Compositions
Nathaniel Facey - Alto Saxophone
James Maddren Drums
Mixed by Alex Killpartrick.
Recorded by Graham Godfrey and Laurie Erskine.
Mastered and lacquers cut by Jason at Transition Studios.
Artwork and Graphics by Danielle Doobay.
Graphics by Jare Design.