by Ron Mathewson

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Impressive diversity: all of it astonishing...hoping for more of the Gordon Beck’s Gyroscope and Amalgam sessions soon!
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billg26 Every Track a gem but I'm very drawn to F.I.V.A by the Gordon Beck's Gyroscope. Have tried to find other works by this line up but can only find one release - One, Two, Three_ _ _ Go!, and I cannot find a copy of this. Hopefully Jazz in Britain may have more in their archives and will release. Favorite track: F.I.V.A.
Andy Long
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Andy Long As a bass player myself I loved this album, the final track is a monster solo, blew my mind Favorite track: Black Forest.
Ken Phillips
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Ken Phillips Forget genres, this is just beautiful music.
F.I.V.A 07:27
Solar Wind 06:43
Black Forest 07:46


Memorial presents seven incredible and previously unreleased cuts from the Ron Mathewson tape archive, which effortlessly showcase his virtuosic and versatile skills on both the upright and electric bass. Each track hails from a separate session and a separate group, all containing the crème-de-la-crème of British Jazz players and spanning eight years of Ron's illustrious career from 1968 - 1976. The only constant is Ron, who appears alone on the final track - his unreleased masterwork Black Forest (imagine an epic Viking saga on double bass). Memorial also offers a glimpse of future releases from Jazz In Britain, as each track (with the exception of Black Forest) is taken from a larger session recording. We plan to issue the majority of these sessions in complete form over the next year or so.

Jazz In Britain hope that you will find this album to be a truly fitting tribute to the late great gentleman genius bassist of British Jazz.

From the tape archive of Ron Mathewson
Tape transfer by John Thurlow

Produced by Matt Parker for Jazz In Britain Ltd.
© 2020 Jazz In Britain Ltd.


released December 23, 2020

Ron Mathewson with: Ray Russell, Pete Lemer, Alan Rushton, Trevor Watts, Mike Pyne, John Stevens, Gordon Beck, Stan Sulzmann, Frank Ricotti, Tony Levin, Harry Beckett, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, John Webb, Tony Coe, Kenny Wheeler, Chris Pyne, Pat Smythe, Spike Wells, Neil Ardley, Dick Crouch, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Phil Lee, Dave Sheen, Simon Morton.


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A not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to collect, curate, preserve, celebrate and promote the legacy of British jazz musicians. The archive collects, curates and preserves off-air and other recordings of British jazz performances.
The organisation will publish books, release vinyl, CDs and downloads, working in partnership with musicians and their families.
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