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Never Never Land

by Henry Lowther's Quarternity

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Paco Despite the classically British understatement with which the artist describes album as something "to somewhat fill in some of the many gaps that exist in the history of British jazz," this is a fantastic set of performances and anyone who hasn't heard them is missing out. Favorite track: Third World Song.
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John Cratchley This album is very important, I think...there just isn’t enough material by Henry Lowther available for it not to be...wonderful playing throughout, totally accomplished as you would expect from musicians of this calibre...what a gem!! This is up there with the best jazz from the UK in that fruitful period of the mid-seventies to my old ears.
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bergi57 Finally a double record for one of most wonderful British jazz player and a great person.
One of the several “never recorded” band of the Seventies in England…. Many are waiting the light of the day!
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aswinmusiclistening There is something about about the way the strings and the winds talk to each other in this album that is attractive. The relaxed pace of many of the pieces also fits my taste. Favorite track: Chinese Wand.
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    Limited edition double CD in digipack of previously unreleased music by Henry Lowther’s Quarternity, a band that gigged a lot but never released an album. This release is taken from four live in-studio sessions recorded between 1974 and 1978. All the tracks are composed by either Henry Lowther or guitarist Phil Lee, who, with Henry, was the co-founder of Quarternity, The sleeve notes are written by Henry Lowther.

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Start Right 06:23
Chinese Wand 07:07
No Surprises 05:40
Zemlja 11:15


I think the music on this album comes over as a perfect picture of those times from the 1970s onwards and it certainly goes to somewhat fill in some of the many gaps that exist in the history of British jazz.
Henry Lowther, June 2022


released August 9, 2022

1. Start Right
2. Never Never Land
3. Chinese Wand
4. Third World Song
5. Jack and John*
6. Your Eyes Are Love*
7. The Story So Far*
8. A Night in Amnesia*

1. No Surprises*
2. Your Dancing Toes*
3. Zemlja**
4. Richie Street N1**
5. Third World Song**

Henry Lowther - trumpet, flugelhorn, violin
Art Themen - tenor & soprano saxophones*
Alan Wakeman - tenor & soprano saxophones**
Phil Lee - guitar
Dave Green - bass
Chris Laurence - bass**
Trevor Tomkins – drums

CD1 tracks 1-3, 7-8 & CD2 tracks 3-4 composed by Henry Lowther. All other tracks composed by Phil Lee. Copyright Control.
Recorded live In London June 1974 (CD1, 1-4); April 1976 (CD1, 5-8); November 1976 (CD2, 1-2); July 1978 (CD2, 3-5)
Remastering - Christophe Martyn
Cover design - Richard Moore
Photograph - Aki Takeda
Special thanks to Steve Piltz and Terry Sullivan
Produced by John Thurlow

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