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The Dreaming Jewels

by Greg Foat

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StrangeFlow And another album by Greg Foat that is somewhere between dreamy and funky. It always hits the right spots and (also again) Malcolm Catto makes the tight grooves on drums. The track "Door into summer" can also be found on "The Dancers at the Edge of Time" as a different version. Superb Jazz Favorite track: Eric's Breakdown.
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BoogieBuddha Tough call to pick a favorite. Some tunes lean towards spiritual jazz (funk), other ones towards a more ambient, ethereal sound. Everything in between I find even a tad better, but the heavy drums and Rhodes laden Eric’s Breakdown wins for me — if by a whisker. Greg and his herd never ever disappoint. 100% quality album!
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Yokrimi Being a Huge fan of Greg's mistake here, then again...masterpiece Favorite track: Lake Kussharo.
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The Nonsemble We of THE NONSEMBLE love the feeling of knowing what's coming. Not to take away from a pleasant surprise now and again, it's just that having Artists like Greg Foat in the ether, we don't have to work as hard or dig as deep [not that we'll ever stop or slow down].
Mr. Greg Foat, along with his various bands and projects, allows a comfort we don't always have. His name and stamp on a release is basically pre-CERTIFIED FRESH.
We're happy to say, 'The Dreaming Jewels' is not the outlier. NICE! Favorite track: This Is Not Necessarily My Answer, But.
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Recording at Malcom Catto’s analogue studio has been an ambition of Greg’s for a long time, not only for the studio itself but for Malcolm’s skill using this vintage equipment, very few people can achieve such an incredibly big sound.
Earlier this year we grabbed the chance to get the full Greg Foat group joined by Binker Golding (Binker and Moses) on Tenor Saxophone, Malcolm Catto on drums and Hugh Harris (The Kooks) on Guitar on the session.
Moving to a more rhythmic space, you could call it Jazz funk or Fusion, but labels suck so just listen and appreciate the pure sense of space Malcom achieves with this recording. Instruments float in space, aided by the Vintage EMI desk and a host of valve equipment which has taken Malcolm a lifetime to collect. In amongst the more rhythmic pieces we also have some classic Foat style compositions; ‘Lake Kussharo’ and ‘The Dreaming Jewels’ as emotive and personal as ever, a feeling that can only be expressed and articulated in music. These past few years will no doubt be looked back on with great favour in musical history, with prolific and high quality output in all his various projects this LP is his crowning achievement of 2019. A strong year indeed!


released November 29, 2019

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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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