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John Surman (CD: Vocalion)John Surman (CD: Vocalion)
 


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John Surman: Westering Home (CD: Fledgling)
Westering Home was originally released in 1972. John Surman plays everything on the album, drawing together many of the threads of his earlier recordings with the possibilities offered by technology (and his own prodigious musicality).

"I took a break from being on the road. This was just around the time when mono had become stereo, and then - in a flash - multi-track recording became possible. I was fascinated by the possibilities of, say, three bass clarinets on different tracks improvising together. Plus I had a curiosity about 'radiophonics' and tape manipulation and Pierre Henry's Musique concrete. So it was in that spirit that I started work on what was to become Westering Home." (Proper Music) 


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John Surman: Westering Home (CD: Fledgling)


John Surman: Morning Glory (CD: Fledgling)John Surman: Morning Glory (CD: Fledgling)
One of the finest and most lyrical jazz-rock albums of the period, and a milestone in John Surman's remarkable recording career. At the time of its original release in 1973, Morning Glory, seemed a surprising departure for saxophonist John Surman. It seemed to owe more to the music being made by Miles Davis, Weather Report and Tony Williams' Lifetime in the USA or Ian Carr's Nucleus and Soft Machine in the UK than it did to the often abstract, free but determinedly acoustic music that Surman had pioneered up to that point. Hindsight tells another story. Morning Glory stands as both a consolidation of his work to date and, like the solo Westering Home (also re-issued by Fledg'ling this month), it offers a signpost for his work in subsequent years.

Surman chose his partners for the recording very carefully, drawing from his friends and trusted collaborators. In particular, Terje Rypdal on electric guitar and John Taylor on both acoustic and electric pianos allows for an expanded musical palette. The rhythm section of Malcolm Griffiths on trombone, Chris Laurence on bass and John Marshall's chattering drums lay down a remarkably elastic rhythmic counterpoint. All of these musical signatures would become even more evident in his later recordings for ECM. (Proper Music) 


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John Surman: The Amazing Adventures Of Simon Simon (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: The Amazing Adventures Of Simon Simon (CD: ECM)


John Surman: Private City (CD: ECM Touchstones)John Surman: Private City (CD: ECM Touchstones)
The most popular of John Surman’s multi-tracked solo albums, “Private City” includes music originally written for the ballet of the same name, premiered at Sadler’s Wells.

This album is part of the ECM TOUCHSTONES series: Great music and full-dimensional sound at download price, in cardboard covers with original artwork. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Road To Saint Ives (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: Road To Saint Ives (CD: ECM)


John Surman: Adventure Playground (CD: ECM)John Surman: Adventure Playground (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: Proverbs And Songs (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: Proverbs And Songs (CD: ECM)


John Surman: Coruscating (CD: ECM)John Surman: Coruscating (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: Free And Equal (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman: Free And Equal (CD: ECM)


John Surman: The Spaces In Between (CD: ECM)John Surman: The Spaces In Between (CD: ECM)
 


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John Surman & Howard Moody: Rain On The Window (CD: ECM)
A very special project in the discography of saxophonist John Surman, one of ECM’s most admired musicians: an album of intimate duets with organist Howard Moody. (New Note) 


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John Surman & Howard Moody: Rain On The Window (CD: ECM)


John Surman: Brewster's Rooster (CD: ECM)John Surman: Brewster's Rooster (CD: ECM)
After ECM recordings with organ (“Rain on the Window”), strings (“The Spaces In Between”), brass ensemble (“Free and Equal”), choir (“Proverbs and Songs”), and early music experiments with the Dowland Project (“Romaria”). John Surman offers an album unequivocally jazz in its orientation. Soulful ballads, hard-driving pieces and fiery improvisations are all to be found here, and Surman is in best creative form on baritone and soprano saxophones. Both Surman and guitarist Abercrombie have long musical relationships with powerhouse drummer DeJohnette, and all three are in accord at a high level. A strong showing, too, for bassist Drew Gress in his ECM debut. Music is all by Surman, apart from “Slanted Sky” by old comrade John Warren, and the timeless “Chelsea Bridge” of Billy Strayhorn. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Saltash Bells (CD: ECM)
John Surman is an exceptionally versatile musician and his instrumental prowess has been showcased in many contexts. Yet his solo albums may be the best sources for insights into his melodic imagination. If you want to understand the wellsprings of his creativity, the solo albums are the place to go; “Saltash Bells” ranks with the best of them. This time around the compositions were inspired by the West Country of John’s English childhood, memories of special places – and sounds. The title track refers to the echoes of bell ringing from Saltash church resounding around the Tamar River valley, at the border of Cornwall and Devon. “Whistman’s Wood”, meanwhile, evokes the mysterious petrified forest of Dartmoor … And so it goes, ancient haunts inspiring vivid new music. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Saltash Bells (CD: ECM)


John Surman & Bergen Big Band: Another Sky (CD: Grappa)John Surman & Bergen Big Band: Another Sky (CD: Grappa)
‘Another Sky’ presents an hour of energetic, dynamic music from the pen of John Surman, commissioned by Bergen Big Band for a concert in Parma, Italy, in 2011, with the composer himself as soloist. 


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John Surman: Invisible Threads (CD: ECM)
Saxophonist and clarinettist John Surman is often characterized as a quintessentially English improviser and composer, and hints of folk music and a pastoral ambience are attributes of his music on well-loved albums like “The Road to Saint Ives” or “Saltash Bells.” Yet he also has a long history of working with musicians from other countries and cultures, players united by such invisible threads as a shared feeling for melody that transcends the idioms. John Surman met pianist Nelson Ayres – known to aficionados of Brazilian jazz for his work with Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento and Banda Pau Brasil – while on tour in South America. In Oslo, Surman came to know and appreciate the playing of Rob Waring, expatriate US vibraphonist (recently heard on ECM with Mats Eilertsen). The three musicians come together to play a new programme of Surman originals – plus Nelson Ayres’s “Summer Song” – in a session recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow studio in July 2017, produced by Manfred Eicher. (ECM Records) 


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John Surman: Invisible Threads (CD: ECM)

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