Plays Blackwell & Higgins //

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Track 1 recorded live at Birmingham Arts Lab, 23.3.72 Track 2 recorded live at Phoenix, London, 24.1.73
Recording date: 
Thursday, March 23, 1972
Executive producer: 
Trevor Taylor
Trevor Watts
Recording engineer: 
Dave Pickett
  • 1. Blackwell (21:20)
  • 2. Higgins (26:11)

Trevor Watts - Saxes
John Stevens - Drums
Ron Herman - Bass (Blackwell)
Jeff Clyne - Bass (Higgins)

Here are Amalgam in tribute mode - to the drummers of the early Ornette Coleman combos and to Coleman himself, of course. This is not tribute by way of emulation, but by feel - by playing what's right in the given context. Only two tracks here, both recorded live with Stevens down in the steam room, the bassists plying lightly in the background and Watts up front with short bursts of melodic rhythm. Perhaps that is a key characteristic of Watts - the sense of rhythm - strongly explored in later years with his various percussive combos under the moniker of Moire music. Still active, I'm happy to say and just recorded for the Berlin-based Jazz Werkstatt label. Amalgam was a vehicle for the development of the more convential side of the duo's playing; the Spontaneous Music Ensemble another vehicle for going beyond the conventions. And Stevens is a thrill here - his stamina is just amazing!