Warleigh Manor: The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol. 1

by Allan Holdsworth, Ray Warleigh, Ron Mathewson, Bryan Spring

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Holdsworth, Warleigh, Mathewson and Spring - Warleigh Manor - contains a truly remarkable and previously unheard private session by four titans of British Jazz. Featuring an extended, predominately free jazz suite across two distinct parts, it lay forgotten in a large box full of tapes for at least 40 years. The music can perhaps be best described as the sound of extraordinary telekinesis between players at the height of their considerable powers.

The exact details of the session are sadly lost in time. The only facts we know for certain are the lineup, and that it was recorded at Ray Warleigh’s home studio in Hammersmith, London (hence the title), most probably during 1979. Although the quartet performed in London on a number of occasions in '79-'80 including at least two shows staged by the Jazz Centre Society at the Half Moon, until now it had been thought that they never recorded anything together.

The tape this recording was taken from represents a tiny part of the huge audio archive kindly donated to Jazz In Britain by the legendary bassist Ron Mathewson. Look out for more exciting future volumes.

Also look out for author Ed Chang's new book on Allan Holdsworth - Devil Take The Hindmost - released the same day as this album, April 15th 2020.

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released March 25, 2020

Allan Holdsworth: Guitar & Violin
Ray Warleigh: Sax & Flute
Ron Mathewson: Bass
Bryan Spring: Drums

Digital transfer by John Thurlow
Mastered by John Pickford

Produced by Matt Parker for Jazz In Britain Ltd.

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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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