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by Simon H. Fell

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    Immediate download of 10-track album (38 mins.) in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. (N.B. the digital version has been directly transcribed from the original master tapes.)

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  • cassette version (BFC 35) [incl. download]
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    Original 1991 cassette release - limited stocks available. Includes a digital download of the album.
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Ornithology 06:50


Solo bass improvisations, plus a couple of jazz(ish) standards.

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"Fell has long been known on the English scene as the bassist of the post-Barry Guy generation - a real gem, and not just for afficionados of the London Improvisation scene." Fred Freytag ZITTY

"A very fine instrumentalist.....a fine technique and a great flow of ideas." THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON CD, LP & CASSETTE

"a player of extraordinary range and imagination" Vanessa Bridge YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

"The staggering, astounding, ear-splitting Simon H. Fell." Alexandre Pierrepont JAZZ MAGAZINE

"A master bassist" Chris Blackford THE WIRE

“Exploding and drawing spirals, the sounds moved up and down toward the final beautiful ballad. After listening to the music, I was on a quiet shore lit by the soft evening light. The opposite shore was covered with a tacit but dynamic verdant green, the beautiful mangrove of the Iriomote island. Music invokes a long forgotten youthful sensation conjured up from the memory. It can even be said that music is something illuminated by the wonder of time, indirectly looming out things that can never exist in the past, present, or future. It moves as if it were a mirror of time. By throwing the music up into the vast space-time, music gets the focus inside the body paradoxically. This seems to deepen the meaning of existence.” Yosaku Minatani DOUBLEBASS*PHOTOGRAPHY


released August 1, 1991

Simon H. Fell: double bass

1991 (38 mins.)
© Bruce's Fingers 1991

full track listing:
01. Out To Lunch With Out To Lunch [02:12]
02. Six Mexicans.... [02:50]
03. Ornithology [06:50]
04. A Tennis Ball Of Errour [04:24]
05. On Seeing Barry Guy At Sainsbury's [02:52]
06. Gas Of Brains' Flamenco [03:33]
07. Spungy Hydroptique Dutch [01:57]
08. Mingus Fingers [06:43]
09. Capostratissimo [03:29]
10. Ballad For Io [03:58]


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Bruce's Fingers Saint Dizier Leyrenne, France

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.
Initially focussed on Fell's own work, the BF project has since expanded to include many other things besides...
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