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Mike Westbrook, Prince Lasha and More

Read "Mike Westbrook, Prince Lasha and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features several British jazz musicians such as Mike Westbrook and Yazz Ahmed. There is also music from Prince Lasha, Dan Pugach and Dave Douglas among others. Playlist Henry Threadgilll Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic} 00:00 Schapiro 17 “Tango" from Human Qualities (Summit) 00:55 Dan Pugach Nonet “Love Dance" from Plus One (Unit) 8:44 Host Speaks 14:38 Dewey Redman “Venus and ...

Album Review

Mike Westbrook: London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990

Read "London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990" reviewed by Chris May

Viewed from the other side of the Atlantic, Mike Westbrook is probably Britain's best kept secret. A composer, pianist and tubaist--above all, composer--Westbrook's recording career began in the late 1960s. Since then he has released upwards of fifty albums, spanning jazz rock through jazz and contemporary-classical fusions such as the 2 x CD London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990. Westbrook's albums have been performed by lineups ranging in size from trios through to, in this case, an eleven-piece jazz orchestra ...

Album Review

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks

Read "Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Mike Westbrook, pianista e soprattutto direttore di orchestra, è nato il 21 marzo del 1936 a High Wycombe, 50 chilometri a nord-ovest di Londra. Dapprima tentato dalla Art School di Plymouth, si dedica poi con decisione alla musica, dalla fine degli anni cinquanta. Nel 1958 forma la sua prima band per la quale gli capita di reclutare il sedicenne John Surman, giovane talento emergente che stava terminando il suo percorso scolastico. Quattro anni dopo Westbrook si sposta a Londra per ...

Album Review

Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

Read "Catania" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A major figure in British jazz since the late 1950s, composer-pianist Mike Westbrook continues to write, perform and record at a rate of knots which would leave contenders half his 83 years on the ropes. Four albums since 2016, including--after a gap of forty years—not one but two solo piano recordings, are testament to the creative fire that continues to burn inside him. This previously-unreleased live recording from Sicily in 1992, captures the twenty-three-piece Mike Westbrook Orchestra in truly scintillating ...

Album Review

Mike Westbrook: Starcross Bridge

Read "Starcross Bridge" reviewed by Vic Albani

Sia ringraziato il cielo per avere tra noi un musicista come l'inglese Mike Westbrook e un intelligente discografico come lo svizzero Werner Uehlinger. Il primo per avere rifondato e fatto germogliare tutto il new jazz britannico, il secondo per avere dato la possibilità a decine e decine di musicisti di esprimersi come forse non avrebbero potuto fare e avere creato una sorta di “new way" dell'ascolto del jazz per almeno una generazione di passivi ascoltatori. E grazie, ...

Live Review

The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo

Read "The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

The Uncommon Orchestra --Mike Westbrook Nomos Jazz Teatro Golden Palermo 16-11-2018 Giunto all'ottava edizione, Nomos Jazz ha ormai assunto il ruolo guida nella programmazione del jazz internazionale in Sicilia. Lo testimoniano i tre cartelloni della sua stagione concertistica 2018/2019, che faranno di Palermo una delle capitali europee della musica. L'iniziativa è tanto più lodevole in considerazione della parallela valorizzazione dei migliori talenti italiani (Claudio Cojaniz, Roberto Ottaviano, Stefania Tallini su tutti) , che ...

Album Review

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: The Last Night At The Old Place

Read "The Last Night At The Old Place" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This live recording which took place on 25th May 1968, celebrated the last night at Ronnie Scott's Club in London's Gerrard Street. Scott and his business partner Pete King moved the club in 1965 to its current location in Frith Street, but as the lease had a couple of years left to run they generously handed it over to younger musicians to run it as a temporary venue. The “Old Place," as it became known, finally closed in 1968. So ...


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