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The Schimmel Impromptu

Sun Ra Interview with Jez Nelson

Sun Ra - Hello Mr. Schimmel (7")
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Record Label: Gearbox Records

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A very special release for UK Record Store Day: a previously unreleased Sun Ra solo piano improvisation recorded in June 1990 during an interview with presenter and DJ Jez Nelson at the studios of Jazz FM in London.

As Jez Nelson says in the sleeve notes: “At the end of our conversation I asked Sun Ra if he would play something for us on the beautiful Schimmel piano in the studio next door. He smiled the smile of an ancient spirit with a childlike joy and said he’d be delighted. Then he walked next door, sat down at the piano, said “Hello Mr Schimmel” and played”.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Steve Reid Foundation, which aims to help people working in music who are in crisis, especially those suffering from illness.

This release is the third in a series of totally valve mastered recordings featuring Gearbox’s vintage Decca valve mixer in association with their Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head, and Telefunken U73B tube limiter.