Perry Blake Press Release/Biography
Internationally acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Perry Blake will release a new album later this year on Moochin' About/PIAS
Often described as a cross between Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, Blake’s new work is a classic return to form.
Although not very well known in Britain and Ireland, Blake has a large cult following in Europe and has collaborated with, and written for French artists such as Francoise Hardy and Emilie Simon.
He has also toured with former label mate Carla Bruni.
When Perry Blake first appeared on the scene in the late 90's his first 2 single's 'The Hunchback of San Francisco' and 'Genevieve' were chosen as singles of the week on Jo Wiley's BBC Radio 1 show.
The eponymous debut album that followed went top 30 in France upon release and he went on to release 4 critically acclaimed Studio albums,
gaining him an almost fanatical fan base along the way.
Often referred to as one of Music's best kept secrets, Perry Blake has written extensively for Film & TV in Europe.
Blake also released a live album recorded at Cirque Royale in Brussels with a full Orchestra in the noughties.
In recent years Blake was recruited as guest vocalist with the French National Jazz Orchestra, had a book of his lyrics printed in Portuguese and also wrote a Children's book 'Gatos em Lissadell' which was successful in Portugal.
Perry will play Live shows in the UK and Europe this Summer and Autumn, showcasing new material with a show that will include much of his older work from his 5 studio albums.
”Blake sounds like a cross between Bowie and Michael Nyman – only better” (UNCUT)
”A fine songwriter with a great voice – a little Blake goes a long way” (Sunday Times UK)
”One of the best debuts in ages”
”A Star is born”
(Les Inrockuptibles France)
Chameleons Vox are the latest incarnation of Mark Burgess's Manchesters post-punk icons, The Chameleons....
Mark Burgess - vocals
Bass Neil Dwerryhouse - guitar
Chris Oliver - guitar
Yves Altana - drums
Moochin’ About is proud and honoured to release a new fully re-mastered collection of film scores, by the multi-instrumentalist, composer and author David Amram, rightfully hailed as a Renaissance man of American Music.
Amram plays more than 35 instruments and played a significant role in introducing the French horn to jazz more than sixty years ago while a member in the bands of many of the 1950s jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford. He also developed friendships while jamming or recording with many other jazz legends such as Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Nina Simone, Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito d'Rivera, Candido, Ray Mantilla, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Thad Jones, Sonny Rollins, and Wynton Marsalis, among others. Meanwhile, Amram also conducted 75 of the world’s great symphony orchestras, composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, 2 operas, 23 Broadway scores, and 20 film scores including iconic films such as, ‘Splendor in The Grass (Warren Beatty/Natalie Wood)’, ‘The Manchurian Candidate (Frank Sinatra/Lawrence Harvey)’, ‘The Young Savages (Burt Lancaster/Shelly Winters)’, ‘The Arrangement (Kirk Douglas/ Faye Dunaway/ Deborah Kerr)’ and ‘Pull My Daisy (feat the voice of Jack Kerouac)’, which are all featured on this collection in their entirety, as well as the release for the first time ever of 2015’s -‘Isn’t It Delicious’. This release also features excerpts from Amrams first ever documentary ‘Echo of An Era’ featuring the great Cecil Taylor on piano.
All of these scores have been re-mastered to the highest quality ever and the 60 page perfect bound booklet has been written by Mr.David Amram himself!
This is a collection like no other, with contributions of some of the greatest jazz musicians ever.
This stunning collection will be released in celebration of David’s 85th birthday on November 17th.
For the first time ever in their entirety, this beautifully packaged 3 CD set, lovingly remastered, brings together the complete film recordings by legendary Italian composer Piero Umiliani featuring iconic West Coast trumpeter Chet Baker…
This, the first release on the critically acclaimed Jazz On Film series dedicated to jazz icons also includes one of the rarest Umiliani soundtracks, 'Intrigo A Los Angeles'... a marvellous jazz score with the maestro himself at the piano. In 1964, C.A.M released an album with 15 mono cues (38:00 in length) that is now one of the rarest vinyl’s in their catalogue, coveted by fans of the Firenze composer and jazz lovers alike. For this CD ,the original mono master session tapes were used on which was discovered some unreleased material, bringing the total running time up to 43:12 – everything that was recorded for the movie. Audio restoration has improved the sound immensely making for a great listening experience.
Umiliani was the first Italian to bring jazz to the big screen and experimented by using legendary trumpeter Chet Baker... a collaboration and friendship that gave life to a fine collection of recordings and brought out the very best of Baker during his troubled life…
In 1955 Sidney Bechet was at the peak of his popularity. His concerts were sell-outs and his numerous records for Vogue were selling in quantities previously unheard of in the Jazz field. It was thus logical that the cinema should begin to show an interest in the great man, all the more since Sidney had until now made only a token screen appearances.
The collection features songs from all 3 of his movies, 'Serie Noire' a Pierre Gaspard-Huit melodrama directed by Pierre Foucaud, 'Blues' where Bechet plays a leading role and 'Ah Quelle Equipe!' where he features prominently as a Jazz musician.
The collection also features the Ballet, Bechet scored in 1953, called 'La Nuit set Sorciere' (The Night is a Witch). A stunning piece of music and although Bechet is only a soloist on the 20 minute piece, it's a great addition to this compilation.
Released here for the first time ever on limited edition hand numbered vinyl, influential U.K singer songwriter Johnny Kidd’s unissued demo recordings with his skiffle band The Five Nutters…
Includes sleeve notes by Boz Boorer (Polecats/Morrissey)