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Symphonie Pacifique

by Greg Foat

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Luis In my opinion the spirit of Chris Wood (Traffic) is blowing the sax in this huge track. Favorite track: Lament for Lamont.
Ian Hammerton
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Ian Hammerton Managed to catch Greg Foat and his excellent band live in London before the coronavirus lockdown where he previewed a few tracks from this album. My preference is for the funkier tracks but it's a beautifully produced set of compositions. Strut also maintain their usual high quality standards of vinyl mastering and pressing. Favorite track: Nikinakinu.
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StrangeFlow This new album by Greg Foat is versatile and has many musical moments that stuck in my head after listening - it's dreamy and calm and in the next moment bold and layered. Especially the nature recordings in "before the storm" and the follow up track are some gems on this one. One of the great UK Jazz releases this year! Favorite track: Man vs Machine.
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    A1. PRELUDE
    A2. SYMPHONIE PACIFIQUE
    A3. UNDULATION
    A4. ANTICIPATION
    A5. MU
    A6. YONAGUNI

    B1. ISLAND LIFE
    B2. NIKINAKINU
    B3. MAN VS. MACHINE

    C1. BEFORE THE STORM
    C2. AFTER THE STORM
    C3. MEDITATION ON A PEDAL STEEL
    C4. LAMENT FOR LAMONT

    D1. POINTE-VÉNUS
    D2. MOTHER’S LOVE
    D3. EPILOGUE: THREE TENORS

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    1. PRELUDE
    2. SYMPHONIE PACIFIQUE
    3. UNDULATION
    4. ANTICIPATION
    5. MU
    6. YONAGUNI
    7. ISLAND LIFE
    8. NIKINAKINU
    9. MAN VS. MACHINE
    10. BEFORE THE STORM
    11. AFTER THE STORM
    12. MEDITATION ON A PEDAL STEEL
    13. LAMENT FOR LAMONT
    14. POINTE-VÉNUS
    15. MOTHER’S LOVE
    16. EPILOGUE: THREE TENORS

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Prelude 00:28
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Undulation 01:08
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Anticipation 05:00
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Mu 00:21
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Yonaguni 04:04
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Island Life 06:10
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Nikinakinu 05:20
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Strut is proud to announce the new album by UK jazz pianist, Greg Foat, ‘Symphonie Pacifique’, released on 3rd July 2020.

Foat has become a versatile mainstay in UK jazz through an acclaimed series of albums on Jazzman and Athens Of The North, moving from soul-jazz workouts to library music to cinematic, haunting compositions and pastoral acid folk. ‘Symphonie Pacifique’ goes expansive and widescreen, building a lush soundscape using choral textures, harp and tubular bells. “It has been a hallmark of my previous albums to use choral voices and tubular bells to sound more like chordal instruments,” explains Foat. “I used pedal steel for the first time on these tracks.” All are showcased on the atmospheric ‘After The Storm’. “This piece was completely improvised during our last day of studio time,” continues Foat. “The assistant engineer had set up an arpeggio on the synthesizer as a metronome; the harp and guitar created an ostinato, myself and others soloed over it and we later added choir and strings. Eventually, we took the arpeggio off to leave a calm, serene piece of music.”

Upping the tempo, Foat brings in sensual groove-based tracks like the undulating ‘Anticipation’, the album title track and Groove Merchant-channelling ‘Nikinakinu’. “This was one for my stepson Nicky,” explains Foat. “I worked up this idea with him and my Zimbabwean drummer friend Sam Chagumachinyi so it has a slightly African feel to it and uses pentatonic scales.”

Other tracks include the languid, simmering ‘Island Life’ and a moving tribute to KPM library legend Duncan Lamont on the reflective ‘Lament For Lamont’. “Duncan was one of the unsung heroes of British jazz. He played with Sinatra, composed some incredible library music and his 1970 album ‘Best Of The Bossa Novas’ was one of the biggest selling UK jazz albums of all time. I recorded with him for my album ‘The Mage’ a few years ago and he was genuinely the nicest guy I have ever played with. He was looking forward to working on this album but sadly passed away a couple of months before the sessions, so we really wanted to record this tribute to him.”

The album is a truly international collaboration, recorded analogue and produced by Greg Foat at London’s Fish Factory studios with strings recorded in Edinburgh and choir in Gothenburg. The album was mixed by Mattias Glava at Kungsten Studios in Gothenburg. Cover artwork is based on a painting by early 20th Century Algerian / Parisian artist Henry Valensi.

‘Symphonie Pacifique’ marks another major step forward in Foat’s evolution as one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and composers and is released on CD, 2LP and digital / streaming.

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released July 3, 2020

2020, Strut Records - a division of K7 Music GmbH

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Greg Foat London, UK

Greg Foat is one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and composers.
He has recorded prolifically in recent years for Jazzman Records, Athens Of The North and, most recently, for Strut, switching effortlessly from soul-jazz fusions to cinematic, haunting compositions, pastoral acid folk and electronic soundscapes. ... more

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