Two years in the making, Conspiracy Theories is undoubtedly guitarist Phil Miller's most ambitious record to date. After establishing himself as a member of such legendary Canterbury groups as Hatfield and the North, National Health, Matching Mole, and Delivery, Miller has devoted the majority of his energy over the past quarter-century to his more overtly jazz-centric In Cahoots group.Featuring seven new and characteristically dynamic compositions from Miller (and one each from Baker and Lemer), his writing has never been more complex yet approachable, and the indefinable British nature of his writing -- dating back to Matching Mole -- remains a defining quality. While fans of the Canterbury scene will undoubtedly rejoice, the disc's finely-honed compositions, fine arrangements and compelling solos make it equally deserving of attention from the broader jazz-listening public.
"... a singular group sound that melds the fabled hierarchy of 1970s Canterbury stylizations with a modernist groove. And that alone speaks massive volumes. -Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
released July 17, 2007
PHIL MILLER: guitar & synth guitar
PETER LEMER: keyboards
FRED BAKER: bass guitar
MARK FLETCHER: drums
SIMON PICARD: tenor sax
SIMON FINCH: trumpet, flugelhorn
ANNE WHITEHEAD: trombone
DIDIER MALHERBE: soprano sax, flute, doudouk, ocarina
DOUG BOYLE: guitar
DAVE STEWART: tuned percussion
BARBARA GASKIN: vocals
RICHARD SINCLAIR: bass guitar
All compositions by Phil Miller, except; Track 5, by Fred Baker, and Track 7, by Peter Lemer.
Recorded at Eastcote Studios, London, England, in Novermber 2004. Recording Engineer: Philip Bagenal.
Mixed by Benj Lefevre, at Crescent Studios, London. Mastered at The Premises, London.
Produced by Phil Miller.
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