swords & sandals Good & Plenty (LP, £19.25)label: Empty Cellar
Introducing SWORD & SANDALS, a free jazz unit from San Francisco founded by JOHN DWYER (THEE OH SEES, COACHWHIPS, etc.) and RADYLEE SUTHERLAND (VHOLTZ, CONTROL R WORKSHOP, FREAKOUT TAPES). After Dwyer & Randy Lee roared for a few as a mighty duo they brought on broad artist SHAUN O'DELL (BEAK, CORN SILO OF SKULLS) to complete the S+S sound. While performing for locals only, this group found a sound, which brought out the individual players trip-be it humor, art or soul. This became their blue print to have fun playing this music, deep on this feeling with heavy skill dedication. Live performances broke out into the material on this LP, drawing on recordings of the greats, and the feel for those amazing records! They floated these out-their originals, their sound-a record to bring into its history. Good & Plenty, stemmed from one epic all-day 16-microphone recording session captured on 1-inch tape. This recording features John Dwyer on traps, flute and bass string, Shaun O'dell on tenor, alto, and keys and Randy Lee Sutherland on alto, bass clarinet, and traps, with ANTHONY PETROVIC (EZEE TIGER) sitting in for one track on synth. This pressing is limited to 300 copies, featuring full colour original artwork by Shaun O'Dell.
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