Feetpackets
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Discus 01CD
(1989)
Available formats: CD/DL

What’s that sneaking around the corner? Is it the rising tide of social unrest behind the iron curtain? Is it the march of PCs into offices and the click-clack exit of staff from typing pools? No, it’s Feetpackets! In 1989 this band of 14 improvisers based in or near Sheffield had, under Mick Beck’s leadership, a full and frank developmental experience of musical composition and structure combined with free individual expression. Touring England three times in the period 1988 to 1990, the music of the band stamped itself indelibly in the memories of many improvised music fans. Mick still finds people at his current gigs who hark back to Feetpackets at London’s Seven Dials or the Outside In festival at Crawley. This CD (made at a time when no-one else in the band owned a CD player) was recorded to capture some of its ideas, their uniqueness at the time in the UK (possibly Europe), and the energy of its performance. It is historical and in places very moving. It contains pieces by six of the band, and has a wealth of compositional ideas.

Mick Beck – tenor sax
Alan Wilkinson – saxes
Charlie Collins – woodwind
Martin Jones – trumpet
Tom Spears – trumpet
Mary Schwarz – viola
Ross Lambert – guitar
Linda Lee Welch – voice
Mary Oliver – voice
Nigel Manning – sax
Pete Rosser – accordion
Geof Walmark – trombone
Dave Ellis – bass, tuba
Paul Hession – drumset

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