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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    1999 CD re-release, in jewel box with 4-page booklet.
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    Also includes immediate download of 3-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

    ● N.B. this edition was only ever published using CDR discs - this is the format available here.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Bogey's via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    You can preview the second track of this album by using the player above (or clicking on the title below). As well as the full album, the download/streaming version includes a pdf file of the original artwork for the 1999 CD and 1991 cassette versions.
    ● N.B.: This recording was originally conceived as a cassette album; if you wish to hear the music as the artists originally intended, please play the digital files in track order, using a gapless playback system.
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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The same as the CD version above, but without the jewel box.
    If you have no need of the somewhat unloved and increasingly old-fashioned jewel box, we will send you the disc and all paper parts from the CD, without the plastic box.
    This should also offer you significant savings on shipping, especially if you order several discs and/or are outside Europe.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Bogey's via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 66 Bruce's Fingers releases available on Bandcamp and save 50%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Seven Compositions (Limoges), Virtual Company, Reconstructed Fragments, Arcaics II, Harmonic 2011, Limoges, Trois Jeux (Pour Daniel), 323[1], and 58 more. , and , .

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The recording that launched this trio with a bang. Strong, hard, inventive & witty.


released September 1, 1991

Alan Wilkinson: alto sax, baritone sax, wilkophone
Simon H. Fell: double bass
Paul Hession: drumset

Bruce's Fingers BFC 36 / BF 31
1991 (74 mins.) digital / CD
© Bruce's Fingers 1991

full track listing:
1. First Bogey [31:00]
2. The Assumption [07:12]
3. Second Bogey [35:38]

all music composed by Alan Wilkinson / Simon H. Fell / Paul Hession
© Wilkinson/'Fell/Hession 1991
recorded in Huddersfield, UK; 11th June 1991
recorded by Alan Wilkinson
production & mastering by Simon H. Fell, Tony Sawford, Roger Chatterton & Phil Darke
layout & graphic design by SHF
images by Jo Fell © Jo Fell 1991

Hession / Wilkinson / Fell discography: www.brucesfingers.co.uk/discographies/hessionwilkinsonfell.html

---------- selected press quotes ----------

"Exceptional acoustic maelstrom . . . . . People who suggest that British jazz always lags behind American innovators should check this date. Their music is often categorised as 'free improvisation' but really is state-of-the-art jazz, blindingly swift and responsive."

"They left the audience in a state of shock. Whiteheat improvisation, full throttle free jazz out of Archie Shepp 1969, but somehow more so: more venom, more noise, more discord, more evil heat . . . . . simultaneous musicality and cathartic excess . . . . . we are talking the essence of what makes jazz great here."
Ben Watson THE WIRE

"Thrillingly intense recording by the inflammatory trio, a band that outdoes the old Brötzmann groups for sheer firepower. An outstanding record that demands a place in any comprehensive collection."

"Back in 1991, Hession/Wilkinson/Fell played music of such rolling majesty and power that only national stereotypes (Americans play Free Jazz, Europeans play Improv) explain why the trio wasn't hailed by the press everywhere. Paul Hession's waves of cymbals and drums still sound deliriously beautiful, like some natural force. Alan Wilkinson's donkey-bray baritone and lyrical alto rev like a Harley-Davidson, and Simon Fell's bass stokes the fire with exceptional understanding of climactic modulation. Apologists for the uneven blow-outs currently promoted as Ecstatic Jazz in the States say that music as finely-wrought as the late Coltrane isn't possible for lesser mortals. Check this out and explode a few prejudices. B:1*"

"How to say it - there is so little that can compare to this. This trio, on this night in 1991, showed up for a regular gig in the tiny town of Huddersfield, and proceeded to burn the place down with their music. From the opening moments when Wilkinson and Fell crank through a modal elegiac series of motifs before allowing Hession to up the ante and take the sound to the margin and over, there is no doubt about the singular quality of the communication here. Wilkinson in particular is simply at the top of his form, long, fluid legato lines that turn in on themselves and create a fire in Fell that we have seldom heard in recordings. His pizzicato work is driven with a dervish-like intensity that moves through scalar variations on Eastern modal tonalities as Hession moves into overdrive in providing a driving, dancing, whirling support. This was a set that probably left everybody in the audience and on the stand breathless and wondering what transpired; it certainly happens on the disc. This set is truly unbelievable and truly indispensable."

to see full press quotes/reviews for this album, visit www.brucesfingers.co.uk/catalogue/bf31reviews.html


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Bruce's Fingers is a record label founded in 1983 by bassist, composer & improviser Simon H. Fell.
The label's publications (which also include books and scores) are centred around free / contemporary jazz, improvised music & contemporary / experimental composition.
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