Continuing the ‘British Jazz Explosion’ vinyl reissue series is John Surman and John Warren with ‘Tales of the Algonquin’. This album was recently included in Jazzwise Magazine’s ‘The 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World’ and they praised it with ‘The Big Beast of the Brit-Jazz golden age’ and ‘The masterpiece that is’. Since the album’s original release in 1971, it has continued to be on critics’ radars and jazz fans’ wants-lists. Featuring a 16-piece band with a 27 year old Surman, it’s a rich sound full of twists and turns – some with Surman’s heavy Coltrane influenced playing, helped along with John Taylor’s beautiful piano, positioned artfully with Warren’s band. Reissued on vinyl as a limited print run with thick card ‘flip-back’ laminated sleeve plus a 12×12 insert with new in-depth liner notes by Tony Higgins with interviews by Surman, Warren and the album producer Peter Eden. The audio has been lovingly remastered by Gearbox from the original master tapes and is pressed on 180grm vinyl by Optimal.