Release Date: 01/12/09
Bel Assis was the name of the 'Messuage and fifty seven acres of land in Hamstede' which Sir Roger de Brabazon gave to Westminster Abbey in 1317. Today the village, named from the French for 'Beautifully Situated', is known as Belsize, a quiet backwater in the London suburb of Hamstead and home to Mo Foster, one of the finest bassists in Britain. The road which led to 'Bel Assis' was a long and winding one taking Mo through jazz with Gil Evans, rock with Jeff Beck and Phil Collins, and blues/jazz/folk with Affinity, Joan Armatrading and Van Morrison. Dozens of albums carry a credit for Mo including a few as producer.'Bel Assis' was born out of Mo's desire to work during 1987 on something less emotionally shallow than the then current crop of contemporary pop. He wanted to fuse the flexibility and precision of computer music with the warmth and emotion of 'real' performance on 'real' instruments by the best musicians available. Finding the musicians was not a problem. But the real pleasure lay in the enthusiasm which his friends showed through their playing. What friends-Gary Moore and Rod Argent are amongst the cream of musicians who recorded this album during 1987 and 1988. The instrumental album is a collection of souvenirs, bringing together musicians, memories and many musical styles which Mo has been involved with and enjoyedon the way to 'Bel Assis'. Remastered-enjoy! Musicians: MO FOSTER, SIMON PHILLIPS, GARY MOORE, STAN SULZMAN, RAY RUSSELL, FRANK RICOTTI, PETER VAN HOOKE, ROD ARGENT, DAVE DEFRIES and SAL GALLINA.
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