Those without a deep-rooted knowledge of obscure jazz collectives may assume that the London Experimental Jazz Quartet hailed from London, England, but in fact the short-lived outfit were actually based in London, Ontario. The collective recorded and self-released just one album way back in 1974, Invisible Roots, which has finally been given the reissue treatment. Much of the music sits somewhere between avant-garde jazz of the period and the post-bop sounds of the mid-to-late 1960s, with highlights including the jaunty, life-affirming complexity of opener ‘Time is of the Essence’, the soulful swing of ‘Destroy The Nihilist Picnic’, the cacophonous free-jazz experimentalism of ‘Ron Martin Special With Mustard’, and the becalmed brilliance of ‘Jazz Widow Waltz’.
Cat: SIR 020
Released: 04 Feb 21