Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Gary Windo Steam Radio Tapes Gonzo 2014

An amazing rare release from British sax legend Gary Windo!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Never originally intended for specific commercial release, Steam Radio Tapes are a wonderful historical testament to a small but incredibly proficient group of musicians that dotted the British musical landscape in the mid 70's. Recorded in the newly finished and state of the art studio built by the legendary band Pink Floyd, the idea here was merely to test out the finished studio not to seek fame or fortune as a traditional release.
 
Steam Radio Tapes features Robert Wyatt and Pink Floyd's drummer Nick Mason on this inspired gem that sadly was forced to compete with the burgeoning punk, glam and disco movements taking hold in America and across the globe. While slightly ahead of his time, the compositions were forward thinking and the lyrical invention solid. Carla Bley makes a cameo on "Sweetest Angel" while the traditional "Red River Valley" makes an equally surprising appearance. In America, Gary Windo did session work with NRBQ and the Psychedelic Furs.
 
Gary Windo was incredibly active in the Canterbury scene and went on to perform extensively with Carla Bley. The melodic found in Windo's approach is at times a polar opposite to personal and professional struggles but out of great pain can indeed come great art.
 
4 Stars.
 
Tracks: Ginkie; Come Into My Garden; Night Train; Stand Fast; Sweetest Angel; Letting Go; Is This The Time?; Missy; Red River Valley.