From out of nowhere...

a unique recording has surfaced courtesy of one of Mike's former pupils Harriet Morris, who played in one of his side-projects "New Soil" around 10 years ago.
The idea of the band was to break into the local rock circuit, basically by playing extremely loudly! Featuring a mix of established and neophyte musicians the eclectic repertoire ranged from 60s and 70s  jazz standards by Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and others, detouring via the music of Frank Zappa and James Brown to include a few original compositions by Mike. Unfortunately the band never performed in public and disbanded after a few rehearsals, but here is a sample of what the world missed out on: Cantaloupe Island
The musicians on this recording (made on Harriet's phone, which certainly gives it some je ne sais quoi) are Mike Gray (alto sax), Harriet Morris (keyboard), Paul Hobbs (electric guitar), Tony Harrison (electric bass) and the redoubtable Phil Asma on drums.

These days Harriet has a busy life as a forensic scientist, but also manages find time to use her prowess on various stringed instruments and keyboards to perform and record nice songs (not that noisy New Soil rubbish!) - we hope you enjoy listening to a few of them here:

The Captain and The Hourglass
Time Of Your Life
Hey Rory

P.S. She is also able to look normal if necessary!


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