The Sorcerers ‎– The Sorcerers

ATA Records (3) ‎– ATALP002
Vinyl, LP, Album

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A1 Pinch Of The Death Nerve
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
A2 The Horror
Songwriter – Johnny Richards (5), Joost Hendricks, Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
A3 Arid Plain
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
A4 Suur Toll
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
B1 The Viking of 5th Avenue
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
B2 Cave Of Brahma
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
B3 Who Put Bella In the Wych Elm?
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)
B4 Night Of The Sorcerer
Songwriter – Neil Innes (5), Pete Williams (20)

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ATACD002 The Sorcerers The Sorcerers(CD, Album) ATA Records (3) ATACD002 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version
ATA002 The Sorcerers The Sorcerers(CDr, Album, Promo) ATA Records (3) ATA002 UK & Europe 2015 Sell This Version



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April 9, 2016

Taking influences from Ethiopiques ethiojazz as well as the soundtracks to the European horror films of the 60s and 70s, The Sorcerers seamlessly blend these disparate elements into one cohesive package. Based in ATA Records' home of Leeds, The Sorcerers are made up of the cream of the city's jazz and world scene. Forming the backbone of the ATA Records house band they incorporate bass clarinets, flutes, and vibraphone alongside bass, guitar organ and drums, providing Ellingtonian textures on top of a solid rhythmic foundation.

After featuring on the "Funk, Soul & Afro rarities: An Introduction to ATA Records" compilation from Here and Now records last year, they set to work recording a full length LP at the studios of record label ATA Records.

Initially inspired by the work of Ethiopian composer Mulatu Astatke, the Sorcerers have deftly incorporated a wide breadth of musical influences from the creepy metallic textures and quietly insistent rhythm section of "Pinch Of The Death Nerve" through to the Moondogesque melodies of the Viking of 5th street and the KPM inspired orchestration of closing track night of the sorcerer. The LP also includes an alternate version of "Cave Of Brahma", a heavily Mulatu influenced track that featured on the ATA Records compilation. The album has a dark undercurrent that weaves throughout all 8 tracks, underpinning the album with an unsettling and evocative theme.

Support comes from Jazzman Gerald, Jimi Tenor, Shawn Lee, Nightmares On Wax and Mulatu Astatke himself who heard the album during a recent trip to London. On hearing the record he exclaimed "Who's this? The Sorcerers? It's cool! This is great. Give me the cd man!". He has since gone on to play The Sorcerers on his Addis Ababa radio show.