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The New Jazz Orchestra: Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe (CD: Dusk Fire)The New Jazz Orchestra: Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe (CD: Dusk Fire)
Reissued for the first time, The New Jazz Orchestra's 1968 release 'Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe' features key players in modern British jazz including Henry Lowther, Ian Carr, Michael Gibbs, Derek Wadsworth, Barbara Thompson, Dave Gelly, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Frank Ricotti, Jack Bruce and Jon Hiseman, under the directorship of Neil Ardley. (Proper Music) 


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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: A Symphony Of Amaranths (CD: Dusk Fire)


Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows (CD: Dusk Fire)Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows (CD: Dusk Fire)
 


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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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Ken Moule & The London Jazz Chamber Orchestra: Adam's Rib Suite (CD: Acrobat)
 


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Ken Moule & The London Jazz Chamber Orchestra: Adam's Rib Suite (CD: Acrobat)


Harold McNair: Harold McNair + Flute & Nut (CD: Vocalion) Harold McNair: Harold McNair + Flute & Nut (CD: Vocalion)
This Vocalion reissue presents two of Harold’s greatest solo albums, which are rendered all the more precious owing to the relatively few occasions on which he recorded as a leader. Harold’s self-titled 1968 album features his quartet comprising regular cohorts Bill Le Sage (piano), Spike Heatley (bass) and Tony Carr (drums), whilst 1970’s Flute & Nut features exhilarating big band and orchestral arrangements by arranger-composer John Cameron. John and Harold had worked together regularly since the mid-’60s, a partnership that saw Harold appearing on albums by artists for whom John was the musical director. As a result, Harold’s brilliant and distinctive flute and sax playing became a feature of recordings by Donovan and CCS, the latter being the jazz-meets-rock-meets-blues powerhouse big band John founded together with producer Mickie Most. But this reissue showcases Harold in a jazz context and contains some of the most compelling solos he recorded. The headlong swing of Harold’s composition Indecision features him in full flight, his electrifying solo incorporating the ‘throat’ flute technique popularised by Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Sahib Shihab, whilst in contrast is the haunting, almost pastoral rendition of pop-folk singer Donovan’s Lord of the Reedy River. Here, the lyrical, introspective side of Harold is on display, and the sense of forlornness he imparts through his improvisation is deeply affecting.

The Flute & Nut album contained a mix of standards and original compositions. Of the former, a gorgeous orchestration of the Rodgers & Hart evergreen My Romance provided the backdrop for Harold’s sinuous, lyrical alto sax, whilst the furious swing of the John Cameron original Burnt Amber is arguably one of the best numbers in Harold’s entire discography. These are just some of the highlights from two albums that clearly demonstrate Harold McNair’s standing as one of the all-time greats in the jazz pantheon. Remastered from the original stereo master tapes. (Dutton Vocalion) 


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Various Artists: Mike Taylor Remembered (CD: Dusk Fire)
One of the most gifted British jazzmen of his age, and one of the most audacious musical pioneers of all time, Mike Taylor died tragically young in late January 1969. Taylor left just two albums (Pendulum and Trio), together with co-writes with Ginger Baker for Cream’s Wheels Of Fire album. Recorded over two days in June 1973, at Denis Preston’s Lansdowne Studios in London, this fabulous memorial of Taylor compositions is performed by a who’s who of modern British jazz, including Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Ian Carr, Neil Ardley, Henry Lowther, Dave Gelly and Norma Winstone.

This album of Taylor’s surviving orchestral music, jazz tunes and songs serves both as a memorial to him and to preserve his work as a composer and song writer for posterity. It presents the full set list, re-mastered from Neil Ardley’s original tapes, and includes a generous 20-page booklet with extensive booklet notes on Taylor and the album’s recording by Dave Gelly, complemented by previously-unseen photography. (Proper Music) 


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Various Artists: Mike Taylor Remembered (CD: Dusk Fire)


Tony Kinsey Big Band & Orchestra: Thames Suite (CD: Spotlite)Tony Kinsey Big Band & Orchestra: Thames Suite (CD: Spotlite)
 


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


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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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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: Reflections (CD: Art Of Life- US Import)


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


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Gordon Beck Trio: Gyroscope (CD: Secret Records)


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


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


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


Bobby Wellins: Fun (CD: Jazzizit)Bobby Wellins: Fun (CD: Jazzizit)
 


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Don Weller & Bobby Wellins: Nine Songs (CD: Trio Records)
Two giants of the tenor saxophone, Don Weller and Bobby Wellins who for many years have been leading figures on the UK jazz scene, are featured on this new recording playing a selection of tunes individually and just one tune together, Di's Waltz. The music has been specially arranged by Mark Edwards in settings that include a string quartet and a clarinet choir featuring Alan Barnes. (New Note) 


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Don Weller & Bobby Wellins: Nine Songs (CD: Trio Records)


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)


Tony Coe: Some Other Autumn (CD: Hep)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 & Gerard Presencer: Love Walked In (CD: Zephyr)
 


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Tony Coe & Gerard Presencer: Love Walked In (CD: Zephyr)


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 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: Linuckea (CD: Future Music)Keith Tippett: Linuckea (CD: Future Music)
 


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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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Keith Tippett Octet: From Granite To Wind (CD: Ogun)


Nette Robinson & Michael Garrick: Remembered Time (CD: Jazz Academy)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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Mick Pyne: Alone Together (CD: Spotlite)
Recorded in June 1977, this was Mick Pyne’s first solo album and reissued here for the first time on CD. A programme of solo piano and cornet/piano duos, it’s an album featuring popular standards performed in a way that can be simply described as ‘sweet melancholy’. Mick Pyne is probably best known for his work with the great saxophonist Tubby Hayes and Humphrey Lyttelton. (Spotlite Records) 


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Mick Pyne: Alone Together (CD: Spotlite)


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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