John Surman / Westbrook: Untitled (John Hassell 1965)
I found this LP a few years ago and at the time did upload a pic and sound clip to the board in the hope someone might be able to shed some light on it and did a bunch of other attempts to discover more. Since then, attempting to gain further information on the recording ground to a halt. That is until recently when I was digging through a copy of jazz journal ( 25 / 9 Sept 1972) Which made mention of the recording (you can have a read of this snippet of info below).
There are some faults that can instantly be picked in this info: A) in 1956 John Surman was 12 years old (I think it may be a typo. ‘65 certainly sounds right). B) The cut Blues De Camera is credited to Surman but on the record I have this cut is credited to Westbrook. Both Surman and Westbrook are westcountry lads and both attended the jazz club at Plymouth arts centre where some if not this entire 3 track LP was possibly recorded. I know of no other copy of this LP, and I’d love for it to receive a new lease of life and a nice pressing. I hope this can, at some point happen. For me at least this is some of the best material I’ve heard from either artist. In the mean time I’ve recorded a snippet of the Westbrook cut Blues De Camera. Apologies for cutting it short (Hope you understand). In total the LP runs for 46 odd minutes.
“Blues De Camera”