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Neil Ardley: A Symphony Of Amaranths (CD: Dusk Fire)Neil Ardley: A Symphony Of Amaranths (CD: Dusk Fire)
'A Symphony of Amaranths' is the most romantic and harmonically dense piece of music that the late Neil Ardley ever composed. Scored for a large jazz orchestra, this highly-collectable 1971-recorded album also contains two vocal settings by Ardley, being the earliest example of his vocal music. The first is a setting of Edward Lear's famous nonsense poem 'The Dong with a Luminous Nose', wonderfully and uniquely told by Ivor Cutler backed by an unusual chamber orchestra containing keyboards, vibraphone, harp, violin and cello that provides an atmospheric setting for the poem.

The second setting is of three poems by W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Lewis Carroll, beautifully sung by Norma Winstone with the large jazz orchestra. In its first ever CD release, re-mastered from the studio tapes, the album concludes with a bonus track in Ardley's jokey setting of the National Anthem that segues effortlessly into a light tango.

Ardley's music, the performances of a veritable jazz who's who - including Frank Riccotti, Dave Gelly (who writes the notes for this reissue), Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Norma Winston, Stan Tracey, Jeff Clyne, Henry Lowther, Harold Beckett and Dick Heckstall-Smith, and the production values of Denis Preston, render 'A Symphony of Amaranths' one of the most important British jazz albums ever made. (Proper Music) 


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Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio - BBC Sessions 1971 (Dusk Fire)
This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band's musical director. The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of its powers in a 'Jazz Club' session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London's Camden Theatre.

Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dave Greenslade, Dave Clempson Jeff Clyne, Jon Hiseman and Frank Ricotti .

Fast forward to September of that year, and we have Ardley's epic 'The Time Flowers' on 'Jazz in Britain'. Inspired by JG Ballard's sci-fi short story, 'The Garden of Time', he plays alongside Carr, Rendell, Ricotti, Barry Guy, the London Studio Strings with Keith Winter on electronics in a 30-minute set that declares Ardley's growing intentions toward the electronic media that were to become increasingly integral to his later recorded work.

Bearing faultless performances from the cream of modern British jazz, this latest Dusk Fire release is another essential purchase for connoisseurs of the genre. (Proper Music) 


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Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio - BBC Sessions 1971 (Dusk Fire)


Howard Riley Trio: Discussions (CD: Dusk Fire)Howard Riley Trio: Discussions (CD: Dusk Fire)
A pioneering contributor to the burgeoning modern British jazz scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Howard Riley was - and has remained - one of the genre's most original and individual talents. This new reissue of his Trio's highly collectable 1968 debut release - only 99 copies were pressed - features the talents of rising stars Jon Hiseman and Barry Guy and is enhanced by the inclusion of previously-unreleased recordings of Riley's original trio of 1960. (Proper Music) 


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Terry Smith: Fallout (CD: Sunbeam)
Featuring Kenny Wheeler, Harry South, Gordon Beck & Ray Warleigh. 


Price:  £12.99 

Terry Smith: Fallout (CD: Sunbeam)


Mike Gibbs Band & Gary Burton Quintet: Festival '69 (Turtle Records, 3 CDs)Mike Gibbs Band & Gary Burton Quintet: Festival '69 (Turtle Records, 3 CDs)
Michael Gibbs is a composer, conductor, arranger and producer as well as a trombonist and keyboardist, known for his collaborations with Gary Burton, and for his ability to utilise rock elements in orchestral jazz..Festival '69 is an historic concert performance, previously unreleased, providing unique insight into Gibbs' artistry prior to his recording career proper (debut album released in 1970). Assembling a big band boasting the cream of contemporary British Jazz, Gibbs connected for this one concert with pioneering vibraphonist Gary Burton and his Quartet.

The concert recording, over 90 minutes long, captures the Gary Burton Quartet performing classic original compositions by Gibbs, Burton and the Quartet's Steve Swallow at the mainstream music festival held in Belfast, November 1969 (1967's headliner was Jimi Hendrix)..Gibbs' band for the festival featured Chris Pyne, Kenny Wheeler, Trevor Barber, Alan Skidmore, Ray Warleigh, Tony Roberts and Chris Spedding..As a bonus Turtle Records is able to offer from Gibbs' own archive a 55 - minute recording of his Big Band earlier the same year at Lancaster University. Here, the band line-up comprised John Surman , Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Roderick Toal, Chris Pyne, Dick Hart, Frank Ricotti, Mike Pyne, Phillip Lee, Jack Bruce and John Marshall..While the Lancaster recording circulated online in MP3 form in the 90s, this audio has been carefully mastered from non-compressed files and restored for the first time, under Mike Gibbs' supervision, to its original speed and at the original pitch..This package further boasts a major essay on Gibbs' early career, by John McLaughlin biographer Colin Harper, with fresh interview material from Gibbs enhanced with photos from Gibbs' own archive and contemporary cuttings. (Proper Music) 


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Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall Birmingham 1991 (CD: Dusk Fire, 2 CDs)
Another unique Dusk Fire celebration of British jazz heritage on this first ever release of recordings taken from composer Mike Gibbs and guitarist John Scofield's 1991 band tour. Featuring the talents of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart, Tony Coe, Julian Arguelles, Chris Pyne, amongst others.

Over a quarter of a century later, 'Symphony Hall, Birmingham 1991' offers up music still astonishingly fresh and contemporary, full of rich colours and textures, vibrant rhythms and inspired solos. This double album represents an essential addition to the catalogues of both Mike Gibbs and John Scofield.

1000 copies limited edition pressing. High quality digipack packaging, including an 8-page booklet with notes by Ian Mann and archive images. (Proper Music) 


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Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall Birmingham 1991 (CD: Dusk Fire, 2 CDs)


Stan Sulzmann: The Jigsaw (CD: Bacho)Stan Sulzmann: The Jigsaw (CD: Bacho)
 


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Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Treasure Trove (CD: ASC)
 


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Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Treasure Trove (CD: ASC)


Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Stardust (CD: Jellymould)Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Stardust (CD: Jellymould)
 


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Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Lush Life (CD: Jellymould)
When three of the best jazz musicians of their generation get in the studio to record an album of some of their favourite tunes you know the outcome is going to be something pretty special. For their second album on Jellymould, British jazz heavyweights Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles are joined by a very special guest - their friend and legendary double bass player Dave Holland.

The nine tracks on 'Lush Life' are a beautiful collection of unusual "standards" and four originals, two each from Stan and Nikki, who have contributed short liner notes to the tunes explaining why they were included on the album. From the opening track "You Don't Know What Love Is" - included because of Stan's love of Billie Holiday's rendition - to "Between Moons" by John Taylor, an influential friend to all the artists on the record, to the final title track "Lush Life" you can hear in the recording how much these three stellar musicians enjoy making music. (Proper Music) 


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Stan Sulzmann & Nikki Iles: Lush Life (CD: Jellymould)


Gordon Beck: Reflections (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)Gordon Beck: Reflections (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)
Gordon pays tribute to Jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans on this superbly recorded, 67 minute, live solo piano concert recording. Gordon performs two compositions by Cole Porter entitled, "Night And Day" and "I Love You" as well as the Bill Evans composition, "Re: Person I Knew". Other songs performed by Gordon include "Come Rain Or Come Shine" by Mercer & Arlen as well as "California Here I Come" by Jolson, DeSylva and Meyer and "Some Other Time" by Comden, Green, and Bernstein. There is also one Gordon Beck original, "Almost There", and a bonus track of Gordon playing his own arrangement of the song "White Line" written by his long-time friend, musician/guitarist Allan Holdsworth. (Art Of Life Records) 


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Gordon Beck Quartet: Seven Steps To Heaven (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)
Recorded live at the Franc Pinot Jazz Club in Paris, France on February 25th & 26th, 2005. This 62 minute live recording captures British Jazz piano legend Gordon Beck at the peak of his musical powers in a quartet setting featuring Bruno Rousselet on acoustic bass, Philippe Soirat on drums and special guest Pierrick Pedron on alto saxophone. The quartet performs many well-known standards by such composers as Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson and Miles Davis in addition to the song Backwards Bop by pianist Billy Childs. Also included is a solo piano version of Denny Zeitlin's Quiet Now performed and recorded in Gordon's home studio on May 15th, 2005. All tracks have been digitally mastered using 24-bit digital technology. (Art Of Life Records) 


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Gordon Beck Quartet: Seven Steps To Heaven (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)


Gordon Beck Trio: Gyroscope (CD: Secret Records)Gordon Beck Trio: Gyroscope (CD: Secret Records)
 


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Bobby Wellins Quartet: Don't Worry 'Bout Me (CD: Cadillac)
 


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Bobby Wellins Quartet: Don't Worry 'Bout Me (CD: Cadillac)


Bobby Wellins Quartet: Making Light Work (CD: Hep)Bobby Wellins Quartet: Making Light Work (CD: Hep)
 


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Bobby Wellins: Fun (CD: Jazzizit)
 


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Bobby Wellins: Fun (CD: Jazzizit)


John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)John Horler: Free And Easy (CD: Trio Records)
 


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Daryl Runswick Quartet: Playdreaming (CD: ASC)
'Playdreaming' by the Daryl Runswick Quartet was recorded at Wavendon in 1981. The release on ASC Records continues the label's promotion of Runswick, who is regarded as one of the finest Jazz musicians of the 70s and 80s both as a composer and player. (Proper Music) 


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Daryl Runswick Quartet: Playdreaming (CD: ASC)


Daryl Runswick & Tony Hymas: Runswick/Hymas Big Bands 1974-78  (CD: ASC) Daryl Runswick & Tony Hymas: Runswick/Hymas Big Bands 1974-78 (CD: ASC)
ASC Records are pleased to present Daryl Runswick & Tony Hymas Big Bands 1974-78, an album which features newly discovered archive recordings from the 1970s. The album includes performances by some of the stellar names of British Jazz including Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Spike Wells, Ray Warleigh, Stan Sulzman, Chris Pane, Henry Lowther, Phil Lee and many others, making this is a treat for the collector and connoisseur alike. (Proper Music) 


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Tony Coe: Some Other Autumn (CD: Hep)
with Brian Lemon (piano), Dave Green (bass) & Phil Seamen (drums). Recorded 1971. 


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Tony Coe: Some Other Autumn (CD: Hep)


Mike Westbrook: Live 1972 (CD: Hux)Mike Westbrook: Live 1972 (CD: Hux)
 


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Mike Westbrook: Metropolis (CD: BGO)
 


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Mike Westbrook: Metropolis (CD: BGO)


Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (CD: My Only Desire)Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (CD: My Only Desire)
The debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook's cult 70s jazz masterpiece 'Citadel/Room 315', recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout the album are the iconic ECM recording artist John Surman plus a crack team of top Scandi jazzers.

The original RCA recording of 'Citadel/Room 315' is an hour-long suite of eleven tracks, beautifully composed and arranged by Mike Westbrook that is rightly considered to be one of the high-points of Brit-jazz from that era. Mike was commissioned by Sveriges (Swedish) Radio to write the work with Surman as lead soloist. He then travelled to Sweden to perform and conduct it for the first time, live in concert. This recording has never been released until now and presents a wildly different recording to the later LP, the rawness and freedom of the playing contrasting strongly with the more polished studio album.

Surman - playing baritone and soprano saxophone, plus bass clarinet - is in sumptuously freewheeling form throughout, soaring between wild expression and wonderfully controlled playing, perfectly complimenting Mike's compositions that gracefully move from jazz-rock, ballads, to tightly composed orchestral themes and more avant-garde moments.

Backed by the 16-piece Swedish Radio Jazz Group led by saxophonist Arne Domnérus and Argentinian trumpeter Americo Bellotto, the group comprised the finest players on the Swedish scene, including trumpeters Jan Allan and Bertil Lövgren, guitarist Rune Gustafsson, pianist Bengt Hallberg and drummer Egil Johansen. Between them they had worked with everyone from George Russell and Stan Getz, to Monica Zetterlund and Jan Johansson. (Proper Music) 


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Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (Vinyl LP: My Only Desire, 2 LPs)
Remastered by Caspar @ Gearbox Records from the original master tapes, 'Love and Understanding' is available on limited edition 2LP gatefold vinyl. 


Price:  £28.99 

Mike Westbrook: Love And Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 Sweden '74 (Vinyl LP: My Only Desire, 2 LPs)


Mike Westbrook Orchestra: On Duke's Birthday (CD: hatOLOGY)Mike Westbrook Orchestra: On Duke's Birthday (CD: hatOLOGY)
What’s most remarkable about the music’s resultant structural integrity and intricacy is that it all flows so seamlessly, sounds so spontaneous and organic, without artifice or contrivance. Mike Westbrook seems to share similarities with Gil Evans in this regard – long, slowly evolving pieces built upon a few seemingly static chords or minimal thematic material; initially unassuming background figures or fills growing gradually to major proportions; a sometimes slouching restless, deliberate yet relentless momentum eased along by shifting instrumental colors or intense, integrated solo statements. (Art Lange- HatHut Records) 


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Mike Westbrook Orchestra: The Cortege (CD: Enja, 2 CDs)
The Cortège is considered by many music critics to be Mike Westbrook’s major work for large orchestra. It was originally recorded in 1982 and released as a triple LP album, but, as the critics praised the album, the British label Original Records that had produced and released it went out of business - resulting in an actual distribution of The Cortège of about three weeks and making it an immediate collector’s item. ENJA RECORDS released a 2-CD set in 1993 and now, long overdue, releases The Cortège again - remastered and repackaged - celebrating Mike Westbrook’s 75th birthday. Westbrook himself worked on the accompanying liner notes most thoroughly, giving in-depth musical and historical explanations to his work. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Mike Westbrook Orchestra: The Cortege (CD: Enja, 2 CDs)


Mike & Kate Westbrook: Fine 'n Yellow (CD: Gonzo)Mike & Kate Westbrook: Fine 'n Yellow (CD: Gonzo)
 


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Mike Westbrook: Paris (CD: ASC)
'Paris' was recorded by Jon Hiseman over two nights in July 2016 , presented by Hélène Aziza at her art gallery and music venue 19 rue Paul Fort near Porte d'Orleans. In an hour-long set, Mike Westbrook improvises themes from his own musical history, from his 1970s composition 'Citadel/Room 315' through to 'A Bigger Show' and his recent 'Paintbox Jane'. There are references to his Ellington tribute Duke's Birthday, to 'London Bridge is Broken Down', to his music theatre piece 'The Ass', and to his Beatles project 'Off Abbey Road'. The sequence contains songs written in collaboration with his wife, the artist, vocalist and librettist Kate Westbrook, along with popular songs, jazz classics and blues. (Proper Music) 


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Mike Westbrook: Paris (CD: ASC)


Keith Tippett: Blueprint (CD: BGO)Keith Tippett: Blueprint (CD: BGO)
 


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Keith Tippett: Linuckea (CD: Future Music)
 


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Keith Tippett: Linuckea (CD: Future Music)


Keith Tippett Octet: From Granite To Wind (CD: Ogun)Keith Tippett Octet: From Granite To Wind (CD: Ogun)
“From Granite To Wind” marks the debut of Tippett’s new Octet, which features both old and new collaborators including Mujician’s Paul Dunmall, and former Tommy Chase Band saxophonist Ben Waghorn. A continuous performance, “From Granite To Wind” is an evolving flux of different forms and colours, reinterpreting elements of the great jazz tradition through Tippett’s idiosyncratic musical language. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Nette Robinson & Michael Garrick: Remembered Time (CD: Jazz Academy)
Nette Robinson - a fine and distinctive new voice in jazz - performing the music of Bill Evans and Michael Garrick, with accompaniment from Garrick himself. 


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Nette Robinson & Michael Garrick: Remembered Time (CD: Jazz Academy)


John Taylor Trio: Decipher (CD: MPS)John Taylor Trio: Decipher (CD: MPS)
Taylor’s 1973 MPS trio album Decipher features two top players, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Tony Levin, who perfectly compliment Taylor’s wide-ranging style on an album that offers the listener a delicious taste of his compositions. The virtuoso sprint of Cipher melds into the varying tempos and emotions of Wait For Me, whereas Leaping is a pointillist abstract exchange between the three. The emotive jazz waltz Speak to Me plays some magical slight-of-hand with the time, and Song For a Child sings out as a soft-spoken ballad. White Magic powers through as a hard-swinging elixir for all that ails. Taylor’s second album as leader presents a master composer/player at full maturity – what a joy that this music is available once again. (MPS) 


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John Taylor Trio: Blue Glass (CD: Jazzhouse)
Reissue of a 1991 session from pianist John Taylor and his trio recorded live at Ronnie Scott's club. 


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John Taylor Trio: Blue Glass (CD: Jazzhouse)


John Taylor Trio: Rosslyn (CD: ECM)John Taylor Trio: Rosslyn (CD: ECM)
Superlative piano trio music from Britain's John Taylor joined by American friends Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, and with a repertoire that includes original Taylor tunes, music by friends Kenny Wheeler and Ralph Towner, plus the evergreen "How Deep Is The Ocean"...(ECM Records) 


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John Taylor: In Two Minds (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor: In Two Minds (CD: Cam Jazz)


John Taylor: Songs And Variations (CD: Cam Jazz)John Taylor: Songs And Variations (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor, Palle Danielsson & Martin France: Angel Of The Presence (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor, Palle Danielsson & Martin France: Angel Of The Presence (CD: Cam Jazz)


John Taylor, Palle Danielsson & Martin France: Whirlpool (CD: Cam Jazz)John Taylor, Palle Danielsson & Martin France: Whirlpool (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor: Phases (CD: Cam Jazz)
 


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John Taylor: Phases (CD: Cam Jazz)


John Taylor: 2081 (CD: Cam Jazz)John Taylor: 2081 (CD: Cam Jazz)
'A family project' is how Alex Taylor, singer-songwriter as well as John s son, labels the English pianist s latest album. A project made all the more poignant by the shocking news of John Taylor's death, in July, aged 72. And that is exactly what it is, considering that John, who wrote the music, and Alex, who wrote and sang the lyrics, are joined by Leo Taylor on drums. Oren Marshall on tuba, whose surname is not Taylor but who is most assuredly very close to the Taylor family, completes the quartet.

'2081' draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut s short story 'Harrison Bergeron', published in 1961. John Taylor was commissioned to write the music by BBC Radio 3 for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Originally written for octet, it was then readapted for quartet. Alex Taylor explains: 'Vonnegut s story depicts a dystopian future in which everyone is equal. Nobody is allowed to be smarter, better looking or more physically able than anyone else. Those individuals who are gifted with intellect, talent and so on are made to bear handicaps '. At times, John Taylor s musical realm is reassuring and consistent with his own standards, while, at other times, it conveys the mysterious, unsettling future depicted by Vonnegut, by pursuing a hybrid sound, mingling jazz, pop and a moody soundtrack vibe. This pursuit definitely benefits from the sonic scenarios opened by Marshall s tuba, as well as the drumming style of Leo Taylor (already launched on a brilliant career on the indie-rock scene with his band The Invisible), who very often introduces modern, offbeat hypnotic rhythms here. (Harmonia Mundi) 


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Mike Osborne Trio & Quintet: Bordercrossing + Marcel's Muse (CD: Ogun)
 


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Mike Osborne Trio & Quintet: Bordercrossing + Marcel's Muse (CD: Ogun)


Mike Osborne Trio: All Night Long- The Willisau Concert (CD: Ogun)Mike Osborne Trio: All Night Long- The Willisau Concert (CD: Ogun)
 


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Paul Dunmall & Tony Bianco: Homage To John Coltrane (CD: Slam Productions, 2 CDs)
 


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Paul Dunmall & Tony Bianco: Homage To John Coltrane (CD: Slam Productions, 2 CDs)


Paul Dunmall, Matthew Bourne, Steve Davis & Dave Kane: Mandalas In The Sky (CD: Babel)Paul Dunmall, Matthew Bourne, Steve Davis & Dave Kane: Mandalas In The Sky (CD: Babel)
 


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Paul Dunmall Quartet: Underground (CD: Slam Productions)
 


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Paul Dunmall Quartet: Underground (CD: Slam Productions)

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