Esmond's association with drummer, Robin Jones dates back as far as 1960! This was a time when Esmond's father, Frank would take his 12 year old son to take part in the impromptu jam sessions held most nights at the Mandrake Club in Meard Street off Wardour Street in London's West-End. Robin was in the house band led by the legendary and outrageous humorist, pianist Joe Burns with Percy Borthwicke on bass.
As they progressed through many and various bands together over the years the catch phrases were always "adventure", spontaneity and plain "going for it". Even at stressful events such as radio broadcasts and recording sessions! This has very much remained the philosophy, even more so since being joined more recently by great jazz organist, John-Paul Gard from the West Country. Esmond always wanted his recordings to have the immediacy and excitement of the gig he hopes to have achieved this with "The Middle Half.
This is a Digital only release, available here from SLAM but not through our regular distributors.