‘So what is this then? Is this jazz then or what…..?’
Ian Staples and I started working on a new set of material after the release of the first B So glObal album in 1993. The electronica and ambient sound world of that album seemed too difficult to gig at the time, given the unwieldy equipment we’d need to haul around, and the uncertainty of sync’ing equipment reliably pre-MIDI.
So a pared-down woodwind and bass guitar set seemed a nicely manageable option for live work. Bride Descending the Staircase, a track from the first B So glObal album, became part of this new ‘lean-instrumentation’ set. Two more of the tracks, Fraction & There’s Nothing But Moles In The Deep Blue Sea (both much augmented), later became part of the 1996 B So glObal album, The World Is Covered in Windows.
Ian and I later added our old Red Square drummer, Roger Telford, to the equation, and named the resulting trio, Single Field. For live work we often expanded Single Field to a quartet by regularly co-opting Roger’s saxophonist son, Jake Telford, into the line-up.
These original duo versions of the pieces were recorded during two studio sessions in August 1994. In September 2019, I transferred the original two-track masters from DAT to DAW, and re-mixed them. We’ve called the resulting album, The Air Is Never Still.
The album is available on Bandcamp: