The name Greg Foat is simply a magical one, it’s as simple as that. Over the years, he’s been involved in some of our favorite spins with a sound that seems to get better with each listen so whenever there’s something new on our radar, we’re all ears and smiles. His latest project finds him once again working with the Athens of The North label but as a solo artist to present “The Mage”.
Greg Foat’s 9th album ‘The Mage’ joins the dots between the past and future of British jazz. Enlisting the talents of jazz/library/soundtrack legends Duncan Lamont, Art Themen, Ray Russell and Clark Tracey to collaborate with their modern contemporaries Greg Foat, Moses Boyd and Heliocentric’s drummer Malcolm Catto to create something undeniably British but outward looking and global.
A long time personal ambition for Greg was to work with Trinidadian songstress Kathy Garcia, on ‘The Mage’, this wish is granted as she joins him to re-imagine the deep Xian masterpiece ‘Of my Hands’, 45 years after recording it as a young girl.
Greg’s compositions and arrangements showcase the old and new, downtempo folkscapes, free jazz with notes of hip-hop and soul from the young team flavouring the mix. Featuring Simon Ljungman and Friends as a male choir, Greg’s EMS Synthi AKS experiments (made famous by Dr Who) the album is a testament to the versatility and pure musicality of all those involved and Greg Foat’s ability to bring artists together to record beautiful, timeless music.