Recent years have seen a long-overdue re-appreciation of The Jazz Butcher catalog, all the way back to that astonishing 11- album run of the first 13 years of their career, now celebrated and handily compiled in a series of box-sets after decades of shameful neglect. In musical terms, it feels like the closing of a circle, based around live recordings by a core band of Fish, Dave Morgan on drums, and Tim Harries on bass, augmented by an array of musicians including founder member Max Eider.
The Jazz Butcher is set to release its final album The Highest In The Land (Tapete Records)) on February 4th, 2022. It’s not often that an artist gets to do a Bowie by consciously carving their personal epitaph into the grooves of its album. The Highest in the Land is that rarity of an album, and it could not have been made by a more brilliantly poetic and fearlessly sarcastic writer than Pat Fish, also known as The Jazz Butcher.
Ahead of the release of the album, The Jazz Butcher has released the animated / stop motion video for the jangly “Running On Fumes.”