14 January 2013

MAJOR SURGERY - THE FIRST CUT





















Major Surgery for Next UK from 1977.

Tenor Saxophone – Don Weller  ;  Guitar – Jimmy Roche  ; Drums – Tony Marsh  ; Bass Guitar – Bruce Collcutt

First post for 2013 and the first time out in blogland for this obscure privately pressed Don Weller led  session recorded at Virtual Earth in London '77.
Here's a few lines lifted from discogs by ultimathulerecords:
You don't get much quality jazz-rock/fusion from the UK in the mid-late 1970's, as most bands went either too schmaltzy or got too funky, or worse. So this was a surprise. At first I thought maybe Don Weller's sax was a bit too dry, but he cuts it well against the solid rhythm section. Mostly the structure reminds me of German bands of the same era, Morpheus, Munju, Moira, etc. Although there are references to Nucleus and Isotope. A nice one! 

23 comments:

Bacoso said...
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Flormega said...

Thankz!!!!!!!nice!!!!!

keith said...

Thanks very much for this rarity.
Don Weller is back playing after a bit of a health scare.I saw him a couple of weeks ago and he blew up a storm (as usual)

LYSERGICFUNK said...

WOW Many thx

Jazz Monkey said...

Look very obscure and most interesting Many thanks.

bongohito said...

what's all this then?

requisitely obscure - surely tasty.

excellante - el gigante!

thanks for introducing me to music i never knew i couldn't live without...

jazzuk said...

Many thanks Bacoso!!!

apf said...

Thank you!

boogieman said...

Thanks Bacoso. Did not know this album, obviously its distribution was rather confidential. It reminded me that I have a live album of Hannibal with the Weller-Spring 4tet (1981) on Mole Jazz. I've posted it on my blog.
Cheers

E-mile said...

new to me too [:-) very nice, THANKS!

Greg Pickersgill said...

very nice record I had never so much as heard of before! Thanks once again - I have benefitted SO much from the OOP music on your blog. It is a wonderful thing. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Beautiful. Thanks man.

Unknown said...

Beautiful. Thanks.

Arkiver said...

I enjoy this kind of stuff and thank you for sharing such rare music!

winton tostello said...

thanks a million!

Andy said...

About 1974 I went to see Roland Kirk at Ronnie Scott's. Major Surgery were the support and I was totally blown away by the drummer. It was 25 years later when talking with Tony Marsh that I realised the drummer had been him and I became a big fan, his drumming still being fantastic. It was a major blow that he died last year, leaving a big hole in the free jazz scene and taking a lovely man from us. Thanks for this.

miloo2 said...

Thank you!

Franco said...

Thanks for this!

Joaquin Cruzalegui said...

Obscure, introspective and delightful. Thanks for sharing this Don Weller's jewell

edison007 said...

This shit is superb! Thanks bacoso!

Jon Collcutt said...

the album has been re-mastered and re-released!!

http://www.propermusic.com/product-details/Major-Surgery-The-First-Cut-152486

enjoy!!

Bacoso said...

Now reissued so I've deleted the link.
More here:
http://tinyurl.com/llb7j5k

Quality Radio Productions said...

It figures...I always find these posts after the album has been reissued and the link is deleted. I'm getting rather tired of that. Some of us aren't rich and can't afford to buy imports from obscure labels. Oh well, that's life I guess. I would have loved to feature this on one of my radio shows. I put together two jazz programs every week, one of them features obscure free jazz and fusion material. This session would have been a perfect fit for the show. But I guess I won't be playing it now. And before everyone attacks me and tells me that I don't care about the artist who made this session and that I don't want them to see a profit from this reissue, let me say that's not the case at all. My feeling is that by giving this music exposure on my program, I AM helping the artist, just not in a monitary way. I don't get paid for my shows. I make them available to any noncommercial broadcaster who wants them. And I like it that way because then I can play what I want when I want. It's just sad that most record labels don't see people like me as vital anymore. To them, radio is old, out dated, and no one is listening, so why bother giving out promo copies of their music. Too bad, really. Oh well...maybe there's another copy of the LP floating around somewhere...though I doubt it! Guess I need to check back more often. This is an outstanding blog with lots of great music. I better grab it all before it gets reissued on labels that see me as a worthless old has-been!