Improv Jazz and Flea Market Funk

Just arrived – the much anticipated limited debut release from Flashman!

The album is titled, To the Victor – The Spoils! and was released February 14th, 2011.

Flashman - To the Victor - the Spoils!
Flashman is a collaboration between Robin Jones (The Beta Band / The Aliens) & Fred Deakin (Lemon Jelly / Airside), and features a number of other musicians as well.  Thanks to creativereview.co.uk, I learned a bit more about the guests.

The legendary piano sounds of Brian Kellock appear courtesy of Thick Skinned Productions Ltd.  Clarinetist Wally Fawkes previously performed with The Humphey Lyttleton Band.  And you’ve likely heard trumpetist Andy Diagram from his work with the bands James, Pale Fountains, Shack, and Spaceheads.

A press release stated that the album was ‘constructed from live performances recorded at the Sound Café studios in the heart of the Scottish countryside.’

Like the Lemon Jelly albums, the album was released by Fred’s own Impotent Fury label (a subsidiary of XL Recordings) but features a much jazzier sound than their previous LPs.  Fred described the sound as ‘jazz-folk-techno.’

Keeping with Airside’s tradition of creative and inventive packaging, the disc comes in hand screen-printed and foil embossed cardboard packaging, limited to a run of 1000 copies – and your choice of either a blue or red sleeve.

Also in tune with their unique style, instead of shooting press photos to promote the album, Robert Mine was commissioned to create a series of oil paintings to look like “a nineteenth century boy’s book of adventure.”  A video for “Chapter Three” is due to follow.

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The tracks are subtitled “Chapters One” – “Chapter Six.”  The melody and bass line of “Chapter Two: Setting Forth” instantly conjures memories of “Page One” from Lemon Jelly’s debut album, Lemonjelly.ky.  Still, the new track has a much jazzier feel and the whole album makes for a satisfying listen.

Perhaps my favorite track is the laid-back album closer, “Chapter Six – Heading Home.”  Listen below.

Something else I’ve been getting back into recently are DJ Prestige’s Flea Market Funk mixes.  Since 2007 I’ve downloaded 39 volumes of rare funk/soul/jazz 45s, and each set runs 30-50 minutes.

Fans of funky16corners.wordpress.com should definitely check him out, if you haven’t already.

Listen in at djprestige.net.

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