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  • Alex Merritt Quartet - Anatta
  • Fred Thomas - The Beguilers
  • Fred Thomas & Peter Thomas - Duo


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Catalogue no: F-IRECD86
Date of Release : 04/12/2015

A concept drawn from Buddhism that literally means 'no-self', Anetta is the eagerly awaited debut album from London-based saxophonist and composer Alex Merritt. It is the fruit of 5 years of collaboration with American drum legend Jeff Williams as well as top UK pianist and bass player John Turville and Sam Lasserson. Influences of contemporary classical composers are evident in Alex's music - For instance, Henri Dutilleux, to whom a dedication is made on the album. His music also often recalls that of Lennie Tristano and Thelonius Monk amongst more familiar jazz influences.

Alex Merritt


FRED THOMAS - 'the beguilers'


Catalogue no: F-IRECD90
Date of Release : 04/12/2015

Fred Thomas' latest album weaves crafted song-writing into the narratives of poems by William Blake, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, James Joyce, Walter Savage Landor and Thomas Carew. Drawing on a wonderfully strange repository of musical influences - English folk, Joao Gilberto, Minimalism, the Aka Pigmies, The Beatles, and the English Madrigal School - Fred Thomas' settings delicately bring the poets' images and metaphors to life with finely wrought harmonies and luscious melodies. 'The Beguilers' features vocals from Ellie Rusbridge and instrumental ontributions from Dave Shulman, Liam Byrne and Malte Hage.



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John Martin - The Hidden Notes

John Martin

New record from saxophonist John Martin out on 10/06/2016 from F-IRE.

'The Hidden Notes offers a window into a unique sound world. It is a celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just beneath the surface.'

John is currently touring the UK for 'The Hidden Notes' - Click here for all dates.


New Record from quintet led by guitarist Vitor Pereira "New World" came out in February 2016 on F-IRE Records.




Catalogue no: F-IRECD89
Date of Release : 22/01/2016

Fred Thomas formed Sister Mary and the Choir Boys with Emine Pirhasan back in 2006. Having started out as a raucous, whisky-drinking blues band delving deep into the likes of Bessie Smith, Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, Sister Mary and the Choir Boys gradually evolved into a more contemporary outfit whose second album "Lullaby of Bedlam" features original songs written by all five musicians.




Catalogue no: F-IRECD 91
Date of Release : 04/09/2015

Peter and Fred Thomas, father and son, have finally come together to record a duo album of classical music they love. In celebration of Peter's seventieth birthday, this is a record of their musical bond, nurtured over a lifetime. Their varied program is devised not only to juxtapose composers in flattering ways, but also to suggest links: Webern adored Schubert and orchestrated several of his songs in his youth; Schnittke may well have been thinking of Beethoven's charming Alberti bass-lines when composing his roguishly mocking Suite in the Old Style; Morton Feldman mischievously mused, "for years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart"; and Stravinsky wanted to banish the operas of Strauss to "whichever purgatory punishes triumphant banality". This humorously and provokingly assembled collage of music is held together by its huge significance to the performers and by the towering and all-seeing figure of Johann Sebastian Bach.




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New album from Josh Ison, a UK based saxophone player and composer, are amongst the releases of 2016.. Since graduating from Trinity College of Music he has toured and recorded across the world and has played with some of the world's most respected Jazz and improvising musicians including Paul Dunmall, Neal Metcalfe and the now sadly departed Tony Marsh. He has recently recorded his debut trio album with Henry Grimes and Gerald Cleaver which should be out this year. His influences are as diverse as Bach, Ligeti, Oliver Messiaen, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Steve Coleman, Iannis Xenakis and many more.



It is not often that we have albums coming out from drummers; but finally here is one due: Adam Osmianski London based drummer/percussionist who is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, will be releasing his next album on F-IRE Label in 2016. News will be announced.


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