Soundmagnificat

by Fitz Gore & The Talismen

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PlayItLoud! As if a new Jazz Star is born.... Favorite track: A Sinner Kissed An Angel.
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Fabio Viola This is simply sublime. Favorite track: Requiem For Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.
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heiseuihak The most intrusive music.. it touches your soul and whatever and heals'em all. Can’t compare this to bebop or any jazzy jazz stuff, but it does remind me of Beverly Glenn Copeland’s world music. I guess there’s this inner peace within, seemly, to bring us together. Favorite track: Steal Away.
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der_kommissar Great album, very good reissue from Sonorama Records :) Recommendation!!!
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Steal Away 04:19
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Delilah 12:10
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Deep spiritual jazz recorded in Germany, performed by Jamaican born saxophone player Fitz Gore and his international group The Talismen, featuring a.o. bassist Gérard Ebbo from Morocco and drummer Philippe Zobda-Quitman from Martinique. This is the first reissue of their second album, released in 1976 by a small private label, including “Delilah” and “Requiem For Julian Cannonball Adderley”. The rare LP comes in a newly mastered version with original cover design and sleeve notes. Fitz Gore`s music is full of tremendous tension and movement between deep seriousness, inwardness and humility; it affects your life, it liberates and heals.

Original sleeve notes from 1976:

„Soundmagnificat“ is the successor to „Soundnitia“ (GorBra Records F 665 532), the first release from the Talismen, an international group with Jamaican Tenor saxophonist Fitz Gore (born1935) as founder, spiritual and musical leader, main soloist. „Soundnitia“ contained concert performances of June, 1975, including compositions by John Coltrane, Horace Silver and one by Gérard „Prof. Dr. Splüm“ Ebbo, bassist of the Talismen.

This second offering from the Talismen is more varied. It has four tracks recorded at four different occasions. It presents Fitz Gore as a singer, a composer, as well as, a tenor saxophonist. The opener, Requiem for Julian „Cannonball“ Adderley, is a moving tribute to a great American artist, the late alto saxophonist „Cannonball“ Adderley. On this track, Hungarian drummer Janos Sudy is heard with the Talismen, for the first time. The playing by the quartet on this slow lament very adequately illustrates the mood of the composition.

For the next piece, a concert performance, Gore selected a gem from the American Negro Song Tradition and he displays a mighty, masculine and soulful voice in Steal Away. An example of a modern artist using an old traditional to express his own inner feelings. Delilah is taken from another concert performance, the same concert as the music on „Soundnitia“. It has extensive playing by Gore, a bass solo by Gérard Ebbo, leading into some exciting conga playing by Lamont Hampton.

The final track, A Sinner Kissed An Angel, was recorded by another tenor player, Wardell Gray, in 1950, but this version is all Gore`s. After the piano introduction, Gore delivers the melody with authority and with an expressive use especially of the high register of his instrument. In his improvisation, Gore`s playing becomes more dissonant. Some of his playing here causes me to think of the way the late Albert Ayler sounded on his first recordings done in Sweden, in the beginning of the 60s. No drums here, but nice accompaniment and solo work of Jochen Paul on vibes.

I met Fitz Gore in Copenhagen in the fall of 1975. We were both listening to the trumpet playing of Harry „Sweets“ Edison at the now defunct Café Montmartre. Prior to that time, I did not know Gore and his music, but listening to his playing on this album and the earlier one, has once more widened my musical horizon. His music has struck some chords within me. „Music is communication“, John Coltrane once said. I feel sure that as you listen to the music of Fitz Gore and his Talismen, you will get the message.

In these notes, I have mentioned a couple of jazz artists and another one ought to be named primarily, because he has meant a lot to Gore: Sonny Rollins. The two met in Paris in 1966. Gore says of Rollins: „He openend my eyes ...big man … phenomenon … my man“. As Sonny Rollins`s artistry, the music of Fitz Gore holds many aspects, some being aggressive and even hysterical, others being those of beauty and peace. As life itself …
(Roland Baggenaes, June 1976)

The music of Fitz Gore, rooted in the blues, is full of tremendous tension and movement between deep seriousness, inwardness, humility and humor, hardness and tenderness; it affects your life, it liberates and heals - a hopeful, a truly groundbreaking, a timeless, a new music - Newsic!
(Gisela Braasch, 1976)

credits

released February 5, 2021

Track 1 recorded 03.06.1976 in Duesseldorf
Fitz Gore (Tenor Sax), Ulrich Kurth (Piano), Gérard Ebbo (Bass),
Janos Sudy (Drums & Gamelan)

Track 2 recorded 18.12.1974 in Bonn
Fitz Gore (Vocals), Ulrich Kurth (Piano), Gérard Ebbo (Bass),
Philippe Zobda-Quitman (Drums)

Track 3 recorded 14.06.1975 in Arnsberg
Fitz Gore (Tenor Sax), Ulrich Kurth (Piano), Gérard Ebbo (Bass), Philippe Zobda-Quitman (Drums), Lamont Hampton (Congas)

Track 4 recorded 27.03.1976 in Bonn
Fitz Gore (Tenor Sax), Ulrich Kurth (Piano), Jochen Paul (Vibraphone), Gérard Ebbo (Bass)

Fitz Gore: Shepherd,
Co-Leadership: Gérard „Prof. Dr. Splüm“ Ebbo & Ulrich Kurth,
Cover Design: Gisela Braasch

In memory of Fitz Gore.
Mastered 2020 by Roskow Kretschmann at Audiomoto,
kindly supported by Tom Sky. Vinyl cut at SST.
Producer for reissue: Ekkehart Fleischhammer,
reproduction of original cover design by Gisela Gore:
Patrick Haase aka rab.bit.

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