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Ken Hyder's Talisker - Dreaming of Glenisla (CD)

Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 30th April 2012

Label: Reel Recordings
Catalogue Number: RR004
Price: £9.99
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Ken Hyder's Talisker - Dreaming of Glenisla

Drummer Ken Hyder left his Dundee, Scotland, home during the summer of 1970, headed for the London jazz scene where he quickly found himself replacing Robert Wyatt on the vacated throne of Mal Dean's Amazing Band. Study with John Stevens led to his playing with numerous different cutting-edge musicians at John's Little Theatre Club, which was the centre of new music in the 1970s. Soon Hyder founded his own band, Talisker, focusing on spontaneously improvised music and traditional Scottish folk music, with both aesthetics being mutually informed.

The instrumentation driven by Ken was unique: paired double bass and paired reeds (alto, tenor, clarinets) with voices and whistles. In 1975 Talisker recorded their debut album, the breathtakingly beautiful Dreaming of Glenisla, which was released on the Virgin subsidiary Caroline Records. By turns serene and sensuous, impassioned and celebratory, this magnificent marriage of musical styles ultimately proves seamless.

However, Dreaming of Glenisla's success was more than musical: with micro- and macro-dynamics gloriously preserved it stands among the finest acoustic recordings of its generation. This long-awaited reissue of Ken Hyder's classic album is augmented with previously unreleased studio recordings of his grand quintet, Talisker.

Davie Webster: alto saxophone
John Rangecroft: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Lindsay Cooper & Marc Meggido: bass
Ken Hyder: drums

'The combination of stately minor-key melodies, droning basses, and loose flurries of percussion will certainly appeal to Ayler fans, but it is truly an incarnation of folk music from all over the world, an integration of Scottish, African and African-American traditions. This is a fine introduction to Hyder's work'
Clifford Allen, All About Jazz New York

Dreaming of Glenisla
Diddlin’ for the Bairns
& Lament for Dairmid
Drum Salute & Lament for Mal Dean
Mrs. Macleod Raasay & Soldier
Ca’ the Yows
Mingulay Boat Song
Heel an’ Toe, Foot an’ Moo’
He Mandu
Tha Cu Ban Againn
The Black Bear


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