On The Spot - The Complete Recordings 1961-63
Catalogue Number: ACMCD4373
The arrival of tenor saxophonist Dick Morrissey onto the British jazz scene in the early 1960s was nothing less than a revelation. Although only twenty-one – and having played his instrument for barely a few months – Morrissey already had it all; tone, taste, invention and above all swing, as his debut album, ‘It’s Morrissey, Man!’, recorded in 1961, displayed in winning fashion. Two years later he recorded a follow-up, ‘Have You Heard?’, revealing how his already individual voice had matured into one of the best in British jazz. For many years these albums have been collectors’ items – in and out of print or released only as limited edition imports - but this new Acrobat CD unites this music for the first time ever, together with an overview essay by saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett. It is a worthy addition to Acrobat’s expanding catalogue focusing on the great names of British post-war modern jazz, and will be a must-have purchase for a significant number British jazz fans.