‘three into wonderfull’ digitally re-mastered by Jon Hiseman, presents a cross section of the Westbrook Trio’s recordings over three decades. The selection includes original songs by Kate and Mike Westbrook, settings of European poetry, and jazz standards. There are highlights from two early albums, A Little Westbrook Music and Love For Sale, tracks previously unavailable on CD. There are tracks from the more recent Good Friday 1663 and from L’Ascenseur/The Lift, as well as new recording. At the heart of the album is previously un-released material from the mid 90’s, which includes some of the Trio’s finest performances on record, notably a remarkable 16 minute version of their classic Traurig aber falsch (Sad but untrue).
Selected tracks 1983 to 2012
Tracks 1,2,3 are from A Little Westbrook Music - Westbrook Records 1983
Tracks 4,5 are from Love For Sale - HatART Records 1985
Track 6 is from Good Friday 1663 - Jazzprint 1993
Tracks 7,8,9 are previously unreleased 1994
Track 10 is previously unreleased 1995
Track 11 is from L'ascenseur/The Lift - Jazzprint 2002
Track 12 is a new release 2012
"No one has succeeded in creating a more distinctive body of work than Mike and Kate Westbrook. Their mixture of jazz, music-theatre, poetry, street entertainment and visuals is rich and unique. ..That just three people can create such a variety of sounds is hard to believe."
Dave Gelly - THE OBSERVER
"A delicately balanced act, by turns melodic, haunting and hilarious, the fabulous threesome promise a fantastical and unforgettable journey."
PIZZA EXPRESS WEBSITE
"Devoted to coupling jazz improvisation with non-African-American materials (Italian opera, brass bands, English folk-music, the poetry of Lorca and Blake, a kind of sinister cabaret music influenced by Kurt Weill) the Westbrooks represent the intransigent antithesis of the retro or classic jazz movement."
John Fordham - THE GUARDIAN
released October 16, 2019
Kate Westbrook - voice, tenor horn, bamboo flute
Chris Biscoe - soprano & alto saxophones, alto clarinet
Mike Westbrook - piano
Digital remastering by Jon Hiseman at Temple Music Studios, Sutton, Surrey June 2012
with financial assistance from 𝘼𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙛𝙩 𝙏𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩