Paul McCartney’s I Will Mike Hatchard Grand Piano vocals + Moi
“I’m not here to defend privilege I’m here to personify it.” David Cameron speech. First draft.
Was intrigued by this @magicoftarot tweet @magicoftarot Class Correspondences: Wands=Peasantry/Poor Pentacles=Merchants/Business/Money Cups=Clergy/Scholars Swords=Military/Nobility
Particularly as I’m a genteel poor exile Cancerian who became an underclass outlaw scribe. A scholar if not always a gentleman.
Although, the way the music business has recently been going, up Simon Cowell’s not gay at all bottom, I am one definition of a gentleman: someone who can play the saxophone but doesn’t.
This is what I used to do…
Ramsden is a prodigiously gifted saxophonist –good chops, beautiful sound, plenty of power and even more imagination. Richard Palmer Jazz Journal
From the Rough Guide to Jazz by Ian Carr
A consummate saxophonist and a talented composer, Ramsden spent one year at Leeds College of Music, after which he joined singer/songwriter Tom Robinson, touring and recording with him, and having some success with the hit single “War Baby”. He has also played with Jimmy Witherspoon, NYJO, Loose Tubes, Dudu Pukwana and Bert Jansch. Ramsden eventually settled in London, and has since released two well-received albums, Above the Clouds and Tribute to Paul Desmond. He has also published a novel The Dark Magus and the Sacred Whore. (Serpent’s Tail). Ian Carr
Rough Guide Entry on Above the Clouds
This haunting duo album was recorded live and unedited in St Thomas’s Church, Clapton Common, London with Lodder playing the Church organ and Ramsden producing ravishing sonorities on the soprano saxophone.
The lyrical brooding timeless atmosphere is sustained throughout.
Jazz UK on Above the Clouds
A truly beautiful and original collection of Ramsden compositions, baroque and thirteenth century dance it won praises from The Wire to BBC music magazine with a heartfelt ‘amazing’ from Nigel Kennedy along the way.
Critiques of Tribute to Paul Desmond
…a wonderfully expressive, airy alto player. Breezy, instantly accessible, but with a hint of the graininess that produces pearls. Jazzwise Chris Parker