+ John Marshall, Terje Rypdahl, Chris Laurence, John Taylor, Malcolm Griffiths
*** digitally remastered
One of the finest and most lyrical jazz-rock albums of the period, and a milestone in John Surman's remarkable recording career. One of the finest and most lyrical jazz-rock albums of the period, and a milestone in John Surman's remarkable recording career.
At the time of its original release in 1973, Morning Glory, seemed a surprising departure for saxophonist John Surman. It seemed to owe more to the music being made by Miles Davis, Weather Report and Tony Williams' Lifetime in the USA or Ian Carr's Nucleus and Soft Machine in the UK than it did to the often abstract, free but determinedly acoustic music that Surman had pioneered up to that point. Hindsight tells another story. Morning Glory stands as both a consolidation of his work to date and, like the solo Westering Home (also re-issued by Fledg'ling this month), it offers a signpost for his work in subsequent years.
Norwegian steel - Septimus
Hinc illae lacrimae - for us all (hence these tears)