A Tribute to Victor Schonfield

It’s with a real sense of loss that we learned of the passing of our great friend Victor Schonfield. Victor was a presence of enormous significance in the world of improvised music, as a teacher, a promoter, a fund of knowledge, a generous and open man. He was kind and always ready to help. Everything he did, and Victor’s range of activities were extraordinary, was done for the love of the music, and to support the artists he loved. From promoting the very first Sun Ra concert in the UK to championing great British musicians such as Bobby Wellins and Stan Tracey, he was indefatigable. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family.

– Hazel Miller, Mike Gavin, on behalf of Cadillac Records and Ogun Recordings

Victor Schonfield at a Bobby Wellins gig, The Vortex. Photo by Peter Symes.
Brochure for the famous Jazz Now Sun Ra concert promoted by Victor, QEH, Nov 9th 1970

Positive Press for Elton Dean Quartet

They All Be On This Old Road found favour with the press, as evidenced by this summary…

“This session, enhanced by Dean’s tone and vibrato, Tippett’s deft touch and high creativity, Lawrence’s alert agility and Moholo-Moholo’s watchful empathy, has got a lovely vibe.”

– Ian Ward, for UKVibe

“Superb. Buy it”

– Barry Witherden, for Jazz Journal, UK

“Fougueux, parfois apre et rugueux, le saxophoniste est sans doute au sommet de son art. L’occasion, grace a cette toute premiere edition en CD, de redecouvrir un saxophoniste largement sous-estime”
“Fiery, sometimes raw and rough, the saxophonist is undoubtedly at the top of his art. The opportunity, thanks to this very first CD edition, to rediscover a largely underestimated saxophonist”

– Jean-Pierre Vidal, for Jazz Magazine, France

“…the generous gft that just keeps on giving.”

– Chris Phillips, The Blueprint, Jazz FM, UK

“Of all the jazz albums that have burst into sound in 2021, my favourite is They All Be On This Old Road… Spirits of past musical heroes here, uniting in a spellbinding session of sonic marvels.”

– Chris Searle, for The Morning Star, UK

“Tutto da applausi, sia il concerto sia la pubblicazione di questa nuova edizione.”

– Musica Jazz, Italy

“A gem from a bygone era.”

– Editor’s Choice, Jazzwise, UK

“Captures an important, if somewhat unheralded, group at its best.”

– London Jazz News, UK

Four Blue Notes Albums Reissued!

We are thrilled to announce the Blue Notes reissue series! These four albums were previously available on CD only collectively, as the long out of print box set ‘Blue Notes – The Ogun Collection’. All four will now be released individually, in two batches of two.

First up, out on 22nd April, are the two live recordings Blue Notes – Legacy Live In South Afrika 1964 and Blue Notes In Concert (from the 100 Club, London, in April 1977). Available to pre-order now!

The two tribute albums Blue Notes For Mongezi and Blue Notes For Johnny follow on 10th June. Vinyl fans will want to seek out the LP versions of these two, to be released simultaneously by our friends at London’s Cafe Oto on their Otoroku label.

They All Be On This Old Road – Out Now!

The first issue on CD of the beautiful Elton Dean Quartet album They All Be On This Old Road, with Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo-Moholo and Chris Laurence, is now available! Recorded live at the Seven Dials club, this reissue has a whole second LP’s worth of material. When we were going through the tapes we came across two that looked as if they had been mixed, and low and behold, we had what looked like a second album all ready to go but never released! As good as the original album (as you’d expect) with precious and never heard compositions by Elton and Keith to whom this release is dedicated. We’ve also added some new photos and David Ilic has masterfully reworked the sleeve. Gearbox Records did a great job on the transfers and mastering. Read more in our releases section.

They All Be On This Old Road – Release Date Confirmed Nov 12

Ogun Records can now confirm that the expanded edition of They All Be On This Old Road by the Elton Dean Quartet will be releasing digitally and on CD on November 12th 2021. As well as rereleasing the material from the original LP (OG400), this release includes newly discovered extra material from the 1976 live recording featuring Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Chris Laurence and Louis Moholo-Moholo. Order your copy via the Ogun Shop page and check our Facebook page for up to the minute information.

Coming Soon: Elton Dean Quartet – They All Be On This Old Road

Ogun Records are excited to announce the upcoming release of They All Be On This Old Road from the Elton Dean Quartet, featuring Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Chris Laurence and Louis Moholo-Moholo. This expanded edition of the original LP (OG400) includes newly discovered extra material from the 1976 live recording. You can see the artwork for the release below – stay tuned for a release date and further details soon!