twentysix three

by Aldevis Tibaldi

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    This Limited Edition CD includes all 12 tracks recorded at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond ,London by Aldevis Tibaldi and the London Jazz Ensemble. Supplemented by the artwork of Alan Foulkes.

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    This 12 inch, 180gram Vinyl includes the first 6 tracks of the twentysix three album. Recorded at the State of the Ark Studios, Richmond, London by Aldevis Tibaldi and the London Jazz Ensemble. Supplemented with artwork by Alan Foulkes.

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Accomplished playing throughout from Trieste-born saxophonist Aldevis Tibaldi (who lived in London for more than 15 years) marks out TwentySix Three. Added to that there is some fine trumpet playing from former Loose Tubes man John Eacott, supported well by trombonist Paul Taylor, pianist Liam Dunachie, bassist Richard Sadler and drummer Chris Gale (they all go by the name of London Jazz Ensemble). Tibaldi's own composition Hunting Goose is enjoyable and they offer an interesting take on Charles Mingus’s Weird Nightmare. The album was done live in one take and the analogue equipment used in the recording gives it a vibrant feel. MC


It was one of those lucky moments when all the cards just seemed to fall into place. I had been invited to the sessions that begat these recordings.
A tall Victorian villa in the Richmond suburbs of London hides one of the most remarkable recording studios that I have ever been in. Owned by a successful songwriter it is an Aladdin’s cave of the most desirable valve and vintage recording equipment and it gives me enormous pleasure to know that somewhere somehow this stuff is still working its magic.
But these notes are really about the music; the equipment was just there to listen to and then write down the sounds that The London Jazz Ensemble made. And boy, what a sound.

I could review each track in turn and risk prejudicing your opinion. Who was it who said that talking about music is like dancing about architecture? What I would like to convey is the unbelievable talent of the band. Urban, cool, sophisticated, New York, the fifties, London, the here and now, a lightness of touch and the committed dedication that a lifetime devoted to the study of your instrument can bring. With passion.

After a successful take, and there were only ever second takes at most, the band would troupe into the control room to check that Pierre-Olivier and his glowing vacuum tubes had faithfully captured the sounds that they had all just heard. He had and they had. Listening back to these recordings you will be transported to the feelings that these men summoned at that moment in that studio. It is like listening to one of the great old stateside recordings. Miles, you know. And believe me, it really is just like being there.

The arrangements are sometimes sublime and subtle. Sometimes powerful and strident. Always beautiful. They are a testament to the skill of Aldevis that his charts show the same mastery as those of Duke Ellington. Or the Count. Maurice Ravel. Or Igor. Simpatico. This is serious music. The original compositions, all by Aldevis, take their rightful place in the lexicon of jazz and they live and breathe with ease. It is a beautiful confection. Each instrumentalist takes his turn to be free, too. These six players are right at the top of their Art. I guess that if you are reading this then you already have a copy of these tracks in which case put this down, close your eyes and let Aldevis, Chris, John, Liam, Paul and Richard take you to places that words don't reach.

Julian Stewart Lindsay


released August 28, 2020

Aldevis Tibaldi
Soprano & Tenor Saxophone

John Eacott
Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Paul Taylor

Liam Dunachie

Richard Sadler
Double Bass

Chris Gale

All compositions by Aldevis Tibaldi

Produced by
Chris Gale and Aldevis Tibaldi

Recorded at
State of the Ark Studios, Richmond, London

Engineered and mixed by
Pierre-Olivier Margerand, London

Mastered by
Bob Katz, Digital Domain, Orlando, Florida

Vinyl Cutting and consultancy
Gearbox Records

Cut on Heaco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head and Telefunken U73B tube limiter; Maselec master control and equalisation.
Audio Note monitoring equipment. 180Gram

Alan Comerford

Design and album artwork
Design to Communicate
Alan Foulkes


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