Talking Spirits


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Formerly known as James Lascelles’ Quartet, Talking Spirits present a unique blend of world jazz. These highly respected London based session musicians – with a very mixed repertoire – have touched audiences wherever they play. The quartet mixes up world music, folk, jazz and Anglo/Caribbean grooves, inspired by influences from all over the world.

They have honed their skills over the decades working with some of the biggest names in music, including Frank Zappa, Joan Armatrading, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, L. Shankar, Ginger Baker, Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Incognito, Van Morrison, Billy Ocean, Mick Taylor and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel.

The new Talking Spirits album ‘Hands’ will be released on Zephyrus Records early June. Tracks feature founder James Lascelles (dulcimer, melodica, various keys and percussion) with Tim Herniman (sax/violin) and former bandmates from the legendary Breakfast BandRichard Bailey (drums and percussion) and Kuma Harada (bass and guitar). Guests appearances by Tony Maronie on congas, Didier Malherbe (once of “Gong”) on duduk and sax, and the wonderful Mongolian group Anda Union, for whom James specially wrote Grasslands to feature the haunting morinhuur (horse-hair fiddle) and hoomei or overtone singing.

“James had added depth to his understanding of music and the myriad of cultures that help to create the beauty in the world. Exploring the links and origins of instruments and tribes James brings a hybrid but still original mix of Global Tribal Music!”

“From the start, we are swept along with the tasty groove where the worldly arrangements give it a lot of colour.” – Luminous Dash