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George Haslam

George Haslam, Baritone Sax and Tarogato, born in Preston, England, 22 February 1939.Voted 19th All Time World Greatest Baritone Saxist in Japanese Encyclopaedia of Jazz. Led first British jazz group to play Cuba 1986, first British Jazzman to play Argentina 1989.Reknowned for his jazz adventures from Patagonia to Lapland, Vancouver to Hong Kong.See photos on: http://georgehaslamgallery.blogspot.comFounded SLAM CD label 1989, please see: http://slamproductions.netWorked with Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Borah Bergman, Charlie Mariano, Bobby Carcasses, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Paul Rutherford, Elton Dean, Joachim Kuhn, Howard Riley, Laszlo Gardony, Arturo Sandoval etc.Haslam's international tours have taken in Argentina, USA, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, China, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Mexico, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Yugoslavia ~ including some of the world's most important Jazz Festivals in Havana, Buenos Aires, Prague, Hong Kong, Guanajuato, Kiev, Budapest and across Finland.Back home in the UK he has made several broadcasts for national radio BBC and many local radio and TV spots. Across the country he has played most major jazz venues and many festivals including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Oxford, Bracknell, Marlborough, WOMAD etc.


Album Review

George Haslam / João Madeira / Pedro Castello Lopes / Mário Rua: Ajuda

Read "Ajuda" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Why would a listener consider Ajuda, a free jazz recording by the quartet of British saxophonist George Haslam and this Portuguese trio, to be a meditative production? Is it quiet? Not really. Is it a solo effort? Not at all. Is it focused inward? No, and yet, yes it is if we consider the synergistic effects of four improvising musicians performing in a simpatico flow state. Recorded on Haslam's day off in Lisbon from a working series he had scheduled ...


Jazz: More Than A Performing Art?

Read "Jazz: More Than A Performing Art?" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By George Haslam Our classic vision of music is that of a performance by one or more musicians before an audience of music lovers where the music, as art and/or entertainment, is the sole element of the event, an event communicating the output of the music makers--composers, arrangers, players--with the receptive audience. Outside the concert room music finds many more essential roles; it combines with other art forms to create ballet, opera, musicals; it serves necessary functions ...

Multiple Reviews

George Haslam: 2002 003 04 and Cool Moon

Read "George Haslam: 2002 003 04 and Cool Moon" reviewed by Donald Elfman

George Haslam's FreeTime 2002 003 04 Slam 2005 Anglo-Kuopio Quartet Cool Moon Slam 2005

Brit George Haslam formed his FreeTime Quartet in 2002 and, with the assistance of a Czech National Radio person and a noted jazz club owner, has toured regularly across the Czech Republic and occasionally beyond. Milos Latislav, ...

Album Review

George Haslam/Borah Bergman/Paul Hession: The Mahout

Read "The Mahout" reviewed by Ty Cumbie

On The Mahout, three well established musicians meet, almost for the first time, and produce an album from thin air. Yes, this is free improvisation in the age of instancy, but this is still a remarkably spontaneous product. According to the brief liner notes, the trio met for a beer, then recorded the next morning. Evidently it was only one beer—these men are no college kids, and the music reveals no trace of hangover. The title track, if anything, might ...

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One Liners

One of the few really free spirits of British jazz, baritone saxman George Haslam. JAZZ Review, UK August 2005

Five tracks of top-flight improvisation confirm that British baritone saxophonist George Haslam is one of the mainstays of his instrument; Ken Waxman, Jazz Week, Canada

“On baritone Haslam is a great awesome force. Why has George Haslam never gotten his due? He's one of the outstanding improvisors of our age." Cadence,USA

“Pretty much anything that George Haslam plays on is guaranteed to be worth listening to and this is no exception.” Jazz Views UK

“George Haslam is one of the most interesting bari sax players to go beyond traditional stylings and explore the low range of the free.” Beyond Coltrane

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