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To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1

by Alabaster dePlume

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    Back in stock! This time on black vinyl with full colour sleeve, obi strip, inner sleeve and insert.

    Includes unlimited streaming of To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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I Hope 05:27


Lost Map in collaboration with Chicago-based avant-jazz label International Anthem and the Total Refreshment Centre in London is proud to announce the forthcoming new album by Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator Angus Fairbairn, AKA Alabaster dePlume. To Cy & Lee Instrumentals Vol. 1 will be released on 12” vinyl and via digital services on February 28, 2020.

The follow-up to Alabaster’s critically-acclaimed 2018 album The Corner of a Sphere, it draws together 11 different instrumental tracks, some old and some brand new, recorded over eight years in cities around the UK together with a coterie of collaborators, including Dan ‘Danalogue’ Leavers of The Comet Is Coming and Sarathy Korwar. A gently uplifting celebration of connectedness, community and that special way in which music can break down barriers, transcend language and empower expressions of the otherwise inexpressible, it’s a record drenched in pure, righteous humanity.

To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 is titled in tribute to Cy Lewis and Lee ‘Shredder’ Bowman, whom Alabaster met while working for Ordinary Lives, a charity in Manchester which supports people with disabilities to live in their own homes and enjoy fulfilling lives. As an exercise in helping the two men learn to socialise better, Alabaster would devise and sing improvised vocal melodies with them, recording their impromptu sessions on his phone. He later began to use these scratch improvisations as templates for fully-realised recordings.

You can pre-order the süper-limited edition PURPLE vinyl edition, from Lost Map, for £18.

CD edition also available, at £12.


released February 28, 2020


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