In the last years of his life Maurice finally got to make his definitive statement.
ESP, longtime guardians of no-compromise jazz and alternative music, searched Maurice out to persuade him to get back into the studio on his own terms. No compromise. No constraints. Complete freedom.
Emile van Deyk “My God, this was hard! We are not accustomed to this kind of travel. There are no roads, no way by which we could take a vehicle. I did not imagine such things could be.”
But Emile made the journey into the upper reaches of The Dulnain, and convinced Maurice to record once more.
Emile again “He had buried his instrument, can you imagine? His daughter, Eimar, she has a spade and she digs, yes? I am gasping.”
ESP did Maurice proud, and brought in a full field studio with satellite linkage allowing over-dubs for past band-mates who were unable to make the journey.
Maurice was in reflective mood, and opened with Black Orpheus before a magisterial take on Scrapple From The Apple. Four months later he passed, and we shall not see his like again.
Cover art references classic Blue Note, tho’ with a contemporary sensibility. Maurice WoolfThe Dulnain Sessions.