The Brighton-based Lamdin, who transformed his one-man funk project, Nostalgia 77, into an awesome acoustic jazz combo - the Nostalgia 77 Octet, responsible for the superb Weapons Of Jazz Destruction (Tru Thoughts) album Ð will be spinning as part of Do Right! Holiday Jam with the Elizabeth Shepherd Quartet at Supermarket (286 Augusta) on Friday (December 14), 10 pm. $10. 416-840-0501.
For an album of such uplifting improvisational music, the title Weapons Of Jazz Destruction might be a bit misleading. What gives?
That title was just a joke. I thought it would be funny, but perhaps people in the jazz world don't share my sense of humour.
You've had a busy year -- two Nostalgia 77 projects (Everything Under The Sun was issued by Ubiquity in March), and you've also managed to put out a couple of impressive jazz LPs on your own Impossible Ark label. Are you planning on taking 2008 off?
Actually we've just finished two new albums for Impossible Ark, one by Examples of Twelves, which is a bit freer than the first, and a Twelves Trio session that turned out really nice. The label is a very small concern. Those records are made with love, not money, and we're only pressing up 500 vinyl copies of each.
What would you do differently in the studio if you were suddenly handed a blank cheque? I'd probably try something that involves a big string section and a greatly expanded horn section. I dunno, maybe hire some talking animals to read dub poetry, too.
Your work with the Nostalgia 77 Octet seems to be largely inspired by British jazz of the 60s and 70s. Any plans to collaborate with those musicians?
That's certainly a possibility, but such a project would be very much personality-dependent. While some musicians would enjoy that kind of collaboration, others might feel insulted to be sought out for something they did 30 or 40 years ago rather than what they may be doing now. Along similar lines, I just produced a recording with Keith and Julie Tippett that's nearly finished. It's a bit more song-oriented than some of the free stuff Keith is known for, but it sounds cool, and hopefully it'll be out very soon.
You're producing a studio session with Elizabeth Shepherd here in Toronto for her forthcoming album. How did you connect?
It began when I remixed her track Reversed (issued on the Besides album). Then when she came to London we arranged a studio session with some of the members of the Nostalgia 77 Octet, and we all got along really well. In no time at all we completed a couple of great tracks for her next album, so I was invited to come to Toronto to help finish what we started.