Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner - Sounds Almighty
SOUNDS ALMIGHTY - Nat Birchall Meets Al Breadwinner featuring Vin Gordon
Sounds Almighty is a meeting between jazz saxophonist Nat Birchall and dub master/ multi-instrumentalist Al "Breadwinner" Redfern. Nat has been a serious fan of Jamaican music since buying his first reggae record way back in 1972 but this is his first recording in the Roots Reggae genre. Al has been playing, writing, recording and mixing his own reggae music since 2001 and Jamaican legends such as Big Youth, Horace Andy and Prince Hammer have visited his Manchester studio to record.
Together Nat and Al share a deep love and understanding of the Roots music of Jamaica from the Golden Era of the 1970s. They have a mutual love of the musical styles and recording and mixing techniques that flowered on the island during the mid part of the decade. Al developed his Bakery Studio to be completely fitted out with vintage analogue equipment and studied the recording and mixing styles of the great engineers of Jamaica. People like Lee Perry, King Tubby, Errol Thompson, Prince Jammy, Scientist etc, were his musical college and Al graduated with honours! So when Nat decided to make this album Al and his studio were an obvious choice.
The pair shared rhythm section duties between them, they recorded the basic tracks with Nat playing bass and Al playing drums. That way, Nat says, the resultant rhythmic and musical feel was much better than just recording one instrument at a time. Then they would overdub guitar, organ and piano to build the rhythm into the famous "Rockers" sound. Hand drums were added and then various percussion instruments which fleshed out the sound into the deeper realms of Roots Music.