Exclusive: Lloyd Miller & Heliocentrics, new Strut LP

Exclusive: Lloyd Miller & Heliocentrics, new Strut LP

  • July 19, 2010

Label: Strut

Stones Throw is offering an exclusive digital and CD sale of this album, and a pre-sale of the LP. CDs will ship immediately, LPs will ship on or around August 5th.

Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics follows Now-Again’s Heliocentrics collaboration with Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke with an album that pairs ethnomusicologist, jazz maestro and multi-instrumentalist, Lloyd Miller with the UK collective. The album is released on August 2nd; vinyl is released on August 31st.

Lloyd Miller is an enigma in jazz. Learning various instruments and immersing himself in New Orleans jazz via his father, a professional clarinet player, Miller trained himself in the style of George Lewis, Johnny Dodds and Jimmy Giuffre and cut his first Dixieland jazz 78 rpm record in 1950. During the late 50s, his father landed a job in Iran and Miller began to develop his lifelong interest in Persian music, learning to play a vast array of traditional ethnic instruments from across Asia and the Middle East.
During the late 50s, he toured Europe heavily, basing himself in Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Germany (where he played with Eddie Harris and Don Ellis) and, most famously, in Paris where he worked with innovative jazzman, Jef Gilson, a phenomenon in French jazz during the early 60s. His profile and reputation led to a high profile gig with Bud Powell and Kenny Clark.  Miller returned to the Middle East during the 70s, becoming a renowned cultural journalist and landing his own TV show on NIRTV in Tehran under the name Kurosh Ali Khan. His show became a fixture in Iran and ran for seven years.
Miller has since been a vocal ambassador for preserving the traditions of Persian music. In recent years, his mid-‘60s album ‘Oriental Jazz’ - specifically the cut ‘Gol E Gan Dom,’ featured on the the Now-Again/Jazzman album ‘Spiritual Jazz,’ gained new fans. Since then, interest in Miller’s music and approach has grown – Jazzman have issued a compilation, ‘A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz’, covering work from across his career, and invited him to the UK to record new sessions with Nostalgia 77 and The Heliocentrics. The recordings from this first Heliocentrics session are now available on a Jazzman 12” EP. Miller returned to London during February 2010 to record a full collaboration album with The Heliocentrics for Strut.

Also see:
Lloyd Miller & Egon: For those about to rock, we condemn you
Heliocentrics artist page

MP3 download from Now-Again and streaming audio from Strut:
Lloyd Miller & Heliocentrics - Fantasia Pt. 1 (MP3)