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Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield.

Read "Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield." reviewed by Roger Farbey


This kind of album only appears once in a blue moon and is a near-perfect recording of a concert, in mixing desk quality stereo, that took place at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Friday 18 October 1991. It boasted a starry line-up of British and American virtuosos including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Tony Coe from the UK and Steve Swallow, Bill Stewart and, of course, John Scofield from the USA. Mike Gibbs, born and raised in Zimbabwe but a resident ...

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Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers. While I covered his work with the New Jazz Orchestra, there was much more to be said. ...

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Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Roger Farbey


An hour's worth of archival Neil Ardley and the New Jazz Orchestra is always a welcome event since it features the cream of British jazz from the late 1960s, early 70s. But this CD is split into two half hour programmes. The first is a live recording of Neil Ardley conducting the New Jazz Orchestra for the BBC Jazz Club programme, which was first broadcast on February 14th 1971. The second half is also a BBC recording, but for Radio ...

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Album Review

Howard Riley: Discussions

Read "Discussions" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The reissue on CD of Howard Riley's Discussions is to be welcomed, since it only ever saw a highly limited pressing of 99 copies when first released on the Opportunity label in 1967. It is also an important historical artefact because it provides a tangible clue as to how Riley progressed, via the foresight of David Howells at CBS, to record two outstanding albums Angle and The Day Will Come for that label. The sound quality on Discussions is not ...

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Album Review

New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70

Read "Camden '70" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Colosseum toured with theNew Jazz Orchestra in 1970 but this is the first time that any records of that tour have surfaced. Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Tony Reeves featured in both bands. The New Jazz Orchestra recorded so little, that anything new is welcome. That it should be this good is an embarrassment of riches. True the sound is far from perfect, occasionally the ensembles seem a little ragged (Monitors! What monitors?) and some of the woodwind solos are ...

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Album Review

New Jazz Orchestra: Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

Read "Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe" reviewed by Duncan Heining


I remember reading about this record in Melody Maker when it came out. These were all the people I admired in one band! Yet I never ever saw a copy until one day twenty years later in a record shop in Ipswich, I pulled this gem from the racks. £2.50! I couldn't believe the price or the condition. Twenty years of searching and the music didn't disappoint.In fact, New Jazz Orchestra director, Neil Ardley, did issue the album ...

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Album Review

Norma Winstone: Edge of Time

Read "Edge of Time" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This reissue features many of the most significant musicians in British jazz of the late 1960s and 70s. It also benefits from imaginative compositions and arrangements by John Taylor, John Warren, Neil Ardley, John Surman and Norma Winstone herself. The opening, title track written by Taylor and Winstone is a memorable exploration of both arrangement and improvisation in equal measure. A tentative beginning gives way to a dynamic brass arrangement accompanying a lyrical song, Winstone's voice ...


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