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In the necessarily modestly expansive booklet note which accompanies this CD and DVD set, Brian Morton sets out the development of jazz in Britain, from its point of origin in the early decades of the twentieth century. He also rightly identifies the musical generation that came of age in the 1960s as having no sense of cultural inferiority, a point which is made most potently on Flashpoint: NDR Jazz WorkshopApril '69 in music that reveals a character every bit as identifiable as anything coming at the time. Such is the whim of fate that saxophonist John Surman had to go to Germany for the music to be recorded and broadcast, but now we're blessed with its presence after forty-odd years; it's been worth the wait.
Surman was truly blessed in being able to put together an Anglo-Austrian band that so truly and brightly burned. Anything emerging from the vaults featuring the likes of alto saxophonist Mike Osborne
The DVD offers insight into the processes of the music, through the unedited TV program as originally broadcast. This makes not only for a satisfying whole, but also one of those "rescued from the vaults" releases for which we can be deeply grateful.
Track Listing: Mayflower; Once Upon A Time; Puzzle; Gratuliere; Flashpoint.
Personnel: John Surman: soprano and baritone saxophones; Alan Skidmore: tenor saxophone, flute; Ronnie Scott: tenor saxophone; Mike Osborne: alto saxophone; Malcolm Griffiths: trombone; Erich Kleinschuster: trombone; Kenny Wheeler: trumpet, flugelhorn; Fritz Pauer: piano; Harry Miller: bass; Alan Jackson: drums.