Greg Foat – Symphonie Pacifique (2020)

Greg Foat - Symphonie Pacifique (2020)
Artist: Greg Foat
Album: Symphonie Pacifique
Label: Strut Records
Year Of Release: 2020
Quality: FLAC (tracks)

Tracklist:
1. Prelude (0:28)
2. Symphonie Pacifique (4:54)
3. Undulation (1:09)
4. Anticipation (5:00)
5. Mu (0:22)
6. Yonaguni (4:05)
7. Island Life (6:10)
8. Nikinakinu (5:21)
9. Man vs Machine (3:22)
10. Before the Storm (1:27)
11. After the Storm (8:32)
12. Meditation on a Pedal Steel (1:46)
13. Lament for Lamont (4:53)
14. Pointe Vénus (7:18)
15. Mother’s Love (5:35)
16. Epilogue – Three Tenors (2:22)

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Foat has become a versatile mainstay in UK jazz through an acclaimed series of albums on Jazzman and Athens Of The North, moving from soul-jazz workouts to library music to cinematic, haunting compositions and pastoral acid folk.

Symphonie Paci que goes expansive and widescreen, building a lush soundscape using choral textures, harp and tubular bells on the atmospheric After The Storm alongside sensual groove-based tracks like the undulating Anticipation, the album title track and Groove Merchant-channelling Nikinakinu, all driven by Phil Achille on bass, Eric Young on congas and Moses Boyd’s crisp, flowing breakbeats. Other tracks include a moving tribute to KPM library legend Duncan Lamont on the reflective Lament For Lamont and the languid, simmering Island Life.

The album is a truly international collaboration, recorded analogue and produced by Greg Foat at London’s Fish Factory studios with strings recorded in Edinburgh and choir in Gothenburg. The album was mixed by Mattias Glava at Kungsten Studios in Gothenburg. Cover artwork is based on a painting by early 20th Century Algerian / Parisian artist Henry Valensi. Symphonie Paci que marks another major step forward in Foat’s evolution as one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and composers.

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