All Keyed Up EP

Ben Tankard

The first EP from the album released in 1989 that defined " Gospel Jazz".

This collection of ground-breaking instrumentals captures a moment of musical alchemy. Stylistic edges become blurred with by-turns into jazz, gospel, soul, funk and dance. A new genre – gospel jazz – was created in their wake.

The son of a minister father and a missionary mother, Tankard grew up playing drums in his local church. Numerous offers of scholarships to music college came his way but his height and youthful speed determined the choice of a scholarship in basketball. Turning pro, he was drafted with NBA team Portland Trailblazers before a knee injury cut his career short and led to a period of homelessness: “I could not pay my rent so for a short time I was living in my car and sleeping on friend’s sofas.”

A church visit proved life-changing: “I heard of a revival service that was going on. I was nearly starving with no job or income so I went only for the free meal. Afterwards the preacher called me up and told me to sit down to the keyboard. I was hesitant but after all I did not have anything to lose. When my hands touched the keys I began to play like George Duke! No lessons - just instant awareness. That is where ‘gospel jazz’ was born. Since it was jazzy in nature, yet inspired in the church, I decided to call it ‘gospel jazz’.”

Tankard got a job at a local music store where he spent the next few years honing his craft before he began recording his own music. “I programmed all the instruments myself on a keyboard so I called it All Keyed Up.”

Curator Pol Valls found the record while digging and was struck by it’s genre-defying creativity: “the track which stood out the most for me was Eden Celebration which has the feel of early dance music. I also loved Melodic Heaven and the title track All Keyed Up. That track was really short though so we decided to make a remix of it.

If Eden Celebration, with its highly rhythmic cross-breed of jazz fusion and electro shows Tankard at his most creative, then All Keyed Up - a stellar exercise in funk-laced jazz fusion replete with Don Blackman-esque piano runs - demonstrates his prowess on the keys. On Melodic Heaven lo-fi synths and boogie-fied bass synths combine with his elegant and soulful piano. The remix of the title track expands the short-but-sweet piano-based vignette into a Balearic anthem replete with extra drums, synths and guitar.


Released in 1989, Tankard’s All Keyed Up album kick-started a hugely successful recording career. Nowadays he’s also known as a motivational speaker, author, trained pilot (famously flying to shows in his own planes) and as the star of his own reality TV show. This collection chronicles the magic that happened at the beginning of his career, it’s inspired melding of styles sounding as fresh today as when they were first put to tape on his home studio.

This collection of ground-breaking instrumentals captures a moment of musical alchemy. Stylistic edges become blurred with by-turns into jazz, gospel, soul, funk and dance. A new genre – gospel jazz – was created in their wake.

The son of a minister father and a missionary mother, Tankard grew up playing drums in his local church. Numerous offers of scholarships to music college came his way but his height and youthful speed determined the choice of a scholarship in basketball. Turning pro, he was drafted with NBA team Portland Trailblazers before a knee injury cut his career short and led to a period of homelessness: “I could not pay my rent so for a short time I was living in my car and sleeping on friend’s sofas.”

A church visit proved life-changing: “I heard of a revival service that was going on. I was nearly starving with no job or income so I went only for the free meal. Afterwards the preacher called me up and told me to sit down to the keyboard. I was hesitant but after all I did not have anything to lose. When my hands touched the keys I began to play like George Duke! No lessons - just instant awareness. That is where ‘gospel jazz’ was born. Since it was jazzy in nature, yet inspired in the church, I decided to call it ‘gospel jazz’.”

Tankard got a job at a local music store where he spent the next few years honing his craft before he began recording his own music. “I programmed all the instruments myself on a keyboard so I called it All Keyed Up.”

Curator Pol Valls found the record while digging and was struck by it’s genre-defying creativity: “the track which stood out the most for me was Eden Celebration which has the feel of early dance music. I also loved Melodic Heaven and the title track All Keyed Up. That track was really short though so we decided to make a remix of it.

If Eden Celebration, with its highly rhythmic cross-breed of jazz fusion and electro shows Tankard at his most creative, then All Keyed Up - a stellar exercise in funk-laced jazz fusion replete with Don Blackman-esque piano runs - demonstrates his prowess on the keys. On Melodic Heaven lo-fi synths and boogie-fied bass synths combine with his elegant and soulful piano. The remix of the title track expands the short-but-sweet piano-based vignette into a Balearic anthem replete with extra drums, synths and guitar.


Released in 1989, Tankard’s All Keyed Up album kick-started a hugely successful recording career. Nowadays he’s also known as a motivational speaker, author, trained pilot (famously flying to shows in his own planes) and as the star of his own reality TV show. This collection chronicles the magic that happened at the beginning of his career, it’s inspired melding of styles sounding as fresh today as when they were first put to tape on his home studio.

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Retail release date:
Dec 2 2019
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Tracks

ASide

1.
01 Eden Celebration
Ben Tankard
04:48
2.
02 Melodic Heaven
Ben Tankard
05:22

BSide

1.
03 All Keyed Up
Ben Tankard
02:54
2.
04 All Keyed Up (Time Capsule Seaside Mix)
Ben Tankard
05:11
Pre order
£ 12.00
48 days left
Format
12” Black heavy vinyl (45 rpm)

Caution: Vinyl mockups and specs may differ from the final product. Qrates is not responsible if the final product does not match expectations.
Digital download bonus
This project has no digital download bonus.
Pre-order project
This is a Pre-Order project. You will be charged immediately after completing your order. The pre-order will close once it reaches the available quantity or the project end date.
Project duration
Pre-order: Sep 12 2019 ~ Dec 2 2019
Retail release date:
Dec 2 2019
Estimated shipping date
TBD
* Please be aware that the schedule may change depending on the situation. We will notify you the updates via email.
Shipping
From London/UK to United States

With tracking : £ 14.99~+ £ 1.90 per each additional copies

Without tracking : £ 6.99~+ £ 2.20 per each additional copies

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“What you are hearing is an offering to any and all future beings.
We are sealing some of the thoughts and feelings, the vibra ons of our day
In what you may call a me capsule, which itself has been sealed with cosmic love”

Weldon Irvine - Time Capsule (1973)

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Time Capsule is a reissue focused record label born out of a loose musical community based around the long running party Beauty & The Beat, and East London’s music venue brilliant corners.

We are multi-cultural, cross-genre musicologists & obsessive record collectors. We like to share the music through audiophile analogue sound system which reveals the details of the sound as well as the emotional impact of the music. Regardless of its style, origins or era, the music we love shares a strong sonic experience and deeply emotional connection.

Our objective is to explore, study, curate and spread the sonic experience of this “time art” as meticulously as we can with as much love and care as possible, so that anyone who open these time capsules will experience the the same magic of the music in its purest and most accurate recreation.

“What you are hearing is an offering to any and all future beings.
We are sealing some of the thoughts and feelings, the vibra ons of our day
In what you may call a me capsule, which itself has been sealed with cosmic love”

Weldon Irvine - Time Capsule (1973)

*

Time Capsule is a reissue focused record label born out of a loose musical community based around the long running party Beauty & The Beat, and East London’s music venue brilliant corners.

We are multi-cultural, cross-genre musicologists & obsessive record collectors. We like to share the music through audiophile analogue sound system which reveals the details of the sound as well as the emotional impact of the music. Regardless of its style, origins or era, the music we love shares a strong sonic experience and deeply emotional connection.

Our objective is to explore, study, curate and spread the sonic experience of this “time art” as meticulously as we can with as much love and care as possible, so that anyone who open these time capsules will experience the the same magic of the music in its purest and most accurate recreation.

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