Balloon Man (album)

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Balloon Man
Balloon Man.jpg
Studio album by Iain Ballamy
Released 1989
Recorded December 1988
Studio The Live House Studios, Launceston, Cornwall
Genre Jazz
Length 38:35
Label EG Records
Producer Balloon Man
Iain Ballamy chronology
Balloon Man
All Men Amen
(1995)All Men Amen1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[2]

Balloon Man is the debut album by English saxophonist Iain Ballamy, with Django Bates, Steve Watts and Martin France. It was released on the EG label in 1989.


AllMusic awarded the album with 4.5 out of 5 stars.[3] The Penguin Guide review says: "Although closely associated with the Loose Tubes big band, his debut as a leader suggests that he is very much his own man. Rather than pursuing a particular style on one of the saxophones, he plays with a light-toned fluency on both alto and tenor; and instead of featuring himself, he prefers to work closely with his comrade Bates – many of the tracks here are almost like contrapuntal duets with rhythm accompaniment".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Iain Ballamy except where noted.

  1. "Mode Forbode" – 4:41
  2. "Remember..." – 7:25
  3. "Rahsaan" – 4:14
  4. "Strawberries" – 6:58
  5. "Albert" – 6:05
  6. "Balloon Man" – 4:46
  7. "Jumble Sale" – 2:50
  8. "All I Ask of You" (Gregory Norbet) – 7:41



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ a b Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (Penguin, 1992: ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4).
  3. ^ Allmusic: Balloon Man accessed 1 May 2010