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The Industrial Suite

by Jacky Naylor

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Wakes Weeks 06:57
Rebirth 03:30


In 2019, Naylor was commissioned by Lancaster Jazz Festival to write a new suite of music. He wanted to write about the wool and textile mills which dominate the place where he grew up and the history of many Northern families. The Industrial Suite was subsequently premiered at the Festival later that year. These five pieces tell the story of industrial growth and decline in the North of England with its profound implications for a future we are still living through.

I: Workshop of The World - The mill town is waking up. Workers are walking through cobbled streets toward the busy mill yard. Heavy, clunky machinery is turned on for another day’s work.

II: Wakes Weeks - The factories are closed and families travel to nearby seaside towns and villages. The opening describes a train ride through expansive countryside, away from the mills.

III: War of Attrition - Tensions between workers and mill owners explode into strikes and riots.

IV: The Last Mill - Abandoned mills still dominate Northern skylines. Now derelict, they are a constant reminder of what’s been lost.

V: Rebirth - Mills and factories are given a new lease of life in the 21st Century. They are converted into vibrant art galleries, restaurants and flats.

Many thanks to Arts Council England for their generous support of this project.


released April 9, 2021

Tom Syson - Trumpet
Alex Hitchcock - Tenor Saxophone
Harrison Maund - Trombone
Jacky Naylor - Piano / Compositions
Will Sach - Double Bass
Luca Caruso - Drums

Recorded at Livingston Studios on 12th November 2020
Engineered by Darren Jones
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann

Artwork created by Alan Stones - alanstones.co.uk


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Jacky Naylor London, UK

Jacky Naylor is a pianist and composer living in London, UK.

He leads his own trio Meraki who, after 4 years in the making, are releasing their debut album on Ubuntu Music in September 2020.

Jacky also leads his sextet, formed in 2019 to perform his suite 'Industrial', commissioned by Lancaster Jazz Festival.

His debut release was Rough Boundaries, recorded with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra.
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