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JSL006 – Released 15/12/14

1 – Rock Awhile – 4:50
2 – Slow Down – 4:19
3 – Big Chief – 4:10
4 – Uhuru – 6:34
5 – Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home – 5:52
6 – Hornblower – 4:38
7 – Let The Four Winds Blow – 3:56
8 – I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free) – 10:03
9 – Rock Island Rocket – 7:39
10 – Stormy Monday – 9:24
11 – Such A Night – 3:34
12 – Last Night I Had A Dream – 2:54
13 – Hots It – 5:59
14 – Use Me – 5:31
15 – Blues In Twos – 4:59
16 – Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home (Studio Version) – 3:10

Two 33 year old cassette tapes came to light recently. One was a compilation tape due to be sent to a fan of the band in France, and which presumably did not get sent. It was marked “Big Chief, 19th March 1981 – for Bichon”.

The second cassette is labeled 20th and 27th March 1982. This tape contains some rough mixes of 8 track live recordings of the band at The Pegasus pub in Stoke Newington, London. The recordings were made by bass player Tony Reeves on a Tascam 80-8 reel-to-reel machine with 8 track dbx noise reduction. These two cassettes have been digitised and re-mastered by Tony, to become “Blues In Twos”.

Reviews

“Big Chief has been enlivening British jazz for more than 20 years” – The Observer
“Good time blues band with a penchant for Jazz” – Jazz Journal

Personnel

Dick Heckstall-Smith: saxes
John Fry: vocal & saxes
Mike Jacques: guitars
Adrian Paton: keyboards & vocal Tony Reeves: bass
Gary O’Toole: drums
Tony Edwards: drums, percussion & vocal Dave Chambers: saxes & flute
Chris Fry: trombone
John Dillon: drums

Recorded at The Pegasus, Stoke Newington, 1982

Art direction and design by George Stewart-Lockhart.