Limited 180 gram vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1969 release. Inspiration in jazz has many sources. Who would have thought that British prisons could have inspired a Belgian-born composer, arranger, co-leader of a truly international band? the fact is that when the Clarke-Boland band came to this country at the beginning of 1969 for their memorable booking at the Ronnie Scott Club tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin was, to quote the sleeve "whisked off to Pentonville". It was nothing worse than a question of outstanding income tax from a previous visit and Griff was soon restored to the band ranks. But the incident gave Francy Boland a title for the nameless piece of music. Having written Pentonville, Boland then went on to complete the suite, using the prison idea as a convenient peg on which to hang the titles. The album was made in Cologne in September 1969 and has some magnificent playing by the soloists and the ensemble.