The Space in Which the Uncontrollable Unknown Resides, Can Be the Place from Which Creation Arises

A 2 track crossover jazz album (33m 37s) — released February 5th 2021 on ATA Records

A transcendental journey that takes in meditative musical mantras, sprawling tenor sax improvisation and mesmeric percussion, the new album byWork Money Death(the group that backed ATA artist Tony Burkill on his 2017 debut record of the same name) seeks to reinterpret the sound of artists such as Pharoah Sanders & Alice Coltrane over two tracks: the brooding tension of A-Side"Dusk"and the sanguine & uplifting"Dawn"on the B-Side.Titled "The Space In Which The Uncontrollable Unknown Resides Can Be The Place From Which Creation Arises", this new LP was conceived and recorded by Tony Burkill and Bassist Neil Innes during the spring/summer of 2020.

A stalwart of the Leeds music scene for the best part of 3 decades, Tony Burkill had maintained a low profile nationally, choosing to favour continued study and development on the instrument over attainment of success or recognition within the music industry. With his debut release on ATA in 2017 he impressed audiences with his powerful and gutsy approach to improvisation. Also featuring on the record are Drummer Sam Hobbs (The Electric Doctor M and Producer of Matthew Bourne's Moogmemory), Bassist Neil Innes (The Sorcerers, The Lewis Express), Pianist Adam Fairhall (Nat Birchall) and Percussionist Pete Williams (The Sorcerers, The Lewis Express).

Originally conceived as a large scale group performance of a single extended piece "The space in which the uncontrollable unknown resides, can be the place from which creation arises"was written by Tony and Neil through a series of extended improvisations similar to the extended meditation sessions that both musicians practice. These sessions enabled a state of flow through which Tony's compositional approach to improvisation yielded meaningful melodic fragments that would be returned to and developed in a way similar to someone returning to the mantra.

Due to restrictions in the UK in the spring/summer of 2020 a different approach to the recording of the album had to be undertaken. Instead of the group recording at the same time in the studio, each musician would arrive and record their part separately as one continuous performance, reacting to the performances of each previous musician in an organic and constantly evolving way. It was in the midst of this process that the title was chosen, as a reflection of the understanding that from this new unknown way of working new creative avenues can be explored and should be embraced.

Track 1,Duskbegins with tanpura, harmonium, hypnotic percussion & bass onto which Tony Burkill (Sax) and Adam Fairhall(Piano) interweave improvisational ideas around Tony's recurring main theme until the piece melts into a fierce collective improvisation that resolves itself into the final minutes. Track 2,Dawnbegins with Tony's tenor sax saluting the coming of a new day before the rest of the band embark on a groove reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders gentler moments, played with a hopefulness that contrasts the chaos of the ending of "Dusk". Bells, drums, bamboo xylophones and woodblocks underpin the theme before Adam's piano solo builds into a launchpad for Tony's sax as French horn, flute and bass clarinet can be heard in the distance. The vocal refrain "Love is all I give to you" draws the track to a close.

**** Work Money Death honour the risk-taking ideology of Coltrane & Pharaoh Sanders - Mojo Magazine

Wow! Absolutely Beautiful, Uplifting Sound! - Harv Nagi outernational sounds/pointblankfm/worldwide fm

Joyous. Very much needed. - Dom Servini Wah Wah 45s

It's Medication time, Medication Time. Wonderful uplifting spiritual jazz. Just what we need. - Richard Epps Totally Wired Radio

we feel that this will be an important jazz record as time goes on - Jamison harvey Fleamerket funk

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