Album: Trevor Watts, The Deep Blue, (Jazz Werkstatt)

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Like a funky version of John Surman's celebrated solo performances, fellow English saxophonist Trevor Watts (born York, 1939) creates an ecstatic sound-world of overlapping reed-voices, set against a lattice of electronic beats, human percussion and synthesisers.

It's very much in the trancey free-jazz vein of his earlier Moiré Music and African drum bands, but the often primitive electronica here – part Suicide, part Shuttleworth – adds a fascinating new element.