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Ian Brighton has released his first album in 40 years

Ian Brighton’s Now And Then released by Confront

Ian Brighton, one of a number of UK guitar improvisors who emerged in the 1970s (others included John Russell and Roger Smith), has returned with his first solo album in nearly 40 years. Called Now And Then, most of the music on it was recorded between 2013–15. His previous solo LP Marsh Gas was released in 1977 by Bead Records. Now And Then follows the 2013 appearance of some of Brighton’s archive recordings on the Tony Oxley A Birthday Tribute album. It was conceived as a way of “getting together with old friends through a recorded medium”, and features contributions from associates Frank Perry and Trevor Taylor, as well as the voice of Derek Bailey from an interview with The Wire’s Brian Morton on its opening track. “All that's wanted now is a couple of gigs,” proclaims Brighton on Facebook.

It is one of a number of releases Mark Wastell’s Confront label has planned for its 20th anniversary celebrations this year.