Released: 8th Dec, 2014
Label: Tru Thoughts
Capping a huge 2014 - which has seen Nostalgia 77 release both an acclaimed solo LP and a collaborative dub/jazz album with Prince Fatty (including a currently BBC 6Music Playlisted single), as well as producing Jamie Cullum’s hit LP ‘Interlude’ – ‘Measures’ is yet another accomplished record from this prolific music maker.
Out 8th December, ‘Measures’ is the second album under the …Monster guise, which brings a flavoursome take on instrumental jazz and has previously been supported by Gilles Peterson, Cerys Matthews and many more tastemakers.
London based musical multi-tasker Benedic Lamdin's Nostalgia 77 project has been a 13 year journey, from collector and sampler of Jazz records to fully fledged producer and specialist in not only Jazz but a host of styles.
Nostalgia 77 and the Monster is the second incarnation of the Nostalgia 77 Live band, his original Nostalgia 77 Octet having been disbanded after the death of drummer Graham Fox. ‘Measures’ sees Lamdin's long time collaborator, bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo stepping to the fore, bringing six original compositions. The pair's aim was to produce an album ranging from the chaotic to the meditative. On ‘Measures’, Vosloo's writing strikes a delicate balance between strong themes and free space for the improvisers - a perfect canvas for the impressive cast of Kit Downes (piano), James Allsopp (reeds), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Tim Giles (drums) and Vosloo himself on bass. The record captures the fiery fluidity of the band’s live performances.
The album contains nods to the two dominant influences on this group over the years, in renditions of Sun Ra's otherworldly “An Island In The Sun” and British firebrand (and previous Nostalgia 77 collaborator) Keith Tippett's “Thoughts To Geoff”.
A regular name in the music press for more than a decade, Nostalgia 77’s recent work has raised his profile to a new level. March 2014’s bluesy ‘A Journey Too Far’ solo LP and September’s intrepid jazz/dub exploration ‘In The Kingdom Of Dub’ (with Prince Fatty) have been lauded everywhere from The Wire to Clash, Q, DJ Mag, Metro and Blues & Soul, and the latter gave rise to Nostalgia 77’s first BBC 6Music Playlist for the “Medicine Chest Dub” single. He was recruited to produce long time fan Jamie Cullum's return to Jazz this year, a record which has not only met with critical acclaim but been picked up by Blue Note records in North America and charted across Europe.
‘Measures’ builds on 2012’s first outing from Nostalgia 77 and the Monster, ‘The Taxidermist’, which saw the band performing a live session for BBC 6Music’s Cerys Matthews among a huge amount of media acclaim across specialist press through to broadsheets including The Guardian.