Welcome to the Guide to the Week of Music, a round-up of music news, media and releases from the wide musical world. This week, we explore Earth recordings’ new reissue of Bert Jansch’s 1979 instrumental opus Avocet, enjoy the daring and personal new LP from jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek, and profile a variety of new sounds and music visuals from around the world.
Earth Recordings to Reissue Bert Jansch’s Avocet for 40th Anniversary
Earth recordings, the independent label founded by James Nicholls of Fire records, is to reissue Bert Jansch’s 1979 LP Avocet for a second time, celebrating forty years since its initial release. Where their 2016 reissue featured a die-cut sleeve and six lithograph art prints to represent the six birds Jansch named the album’s compositions after, this vinyl-only reissue is limited to 500 copies, pressed on white wax, with an exclusive digital EP of tracks recorded live in Italy in 1977, plus new liner notes from Jansch’s Pentangle bandmate, Danny Thompson.
The entirely instrumental record is considered by many to be one of Jansch’s finest works as a solo artist, drawing from techniques from the classical world and showcasing Jansch’s singular style of acoustic guitar playing. The new edition is available to pre-order now and will be released on 15th October. Revisit a classic Granada broadcast featuring Jansch and Thompson playing with Pentangle here.