New Patto and Ollie Halsall reissues for April

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70s prog rock band Patto and their guitarist, the late Ollie Halsall are the subject of two new archive releases. A live Patto album, And That's Jazz, and Halsall's Lovers Leaping, a previously unreleased collection of 1979 demos, will both be released through Think Like A Key Records on April 9.

This follows swiftly on the back of news of the release of Give It All Away – The Albums 1970-1973, a 4CD Box Set of Patto's studio albums to be released in May by Cherry Red Records.

Patto's And That's Jazz is a live recording from North London's legendary The Torrington venue in 1973 and comes with a DVD that also collects the band's surviving television performances, including previously unreleased footage from French and German television.

Halsall's Lovers Leaping reflects a more contemporary approach from the guitarist who post-Patto worked closely with Kevin Ayers, concentrating more on reflective three-minute pop songs. The demos were discovered on a tape saved by John Otway. The album features Halsall's own self-portrait.

And That's Jazz and Lovers Leaping will be available on CD and limited edition vinyl.

Pre-order here.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.