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Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May

Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s by musicians such as saxophonist Joe Harriott and pianist Stan Tracey. In the 1970s, two bandleaders who carried the torch for ...

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Lindsay Cooper, Fred Frith, Gianni Gebbia, Lars Hollmer: Angels on the Edge of Time

Read "Angels on the Edge of Time" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

A scorrere il parterre degli improvvisatori riuniti quel 30 maggio 1992 a Bologna per Angelica, la gloriosa rassegna che viveva allora il suo secondo anno di attività, non ci s'immaginerebbe di imbattersi poi in un prodotto così sostanzialmente amorfo, privo di reali sbocchi creativi, in soldoni di un'adeguata capacità di tener desta l'attenzione di chi ascolta. Resta, ovviamente, l'importanza del documento, il merito di riportare per esempio sotto i riflettori una figura di rilievo quanto a conti ...

Live Review

A Celebration of Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013)

Read "A Celebration of Lindsay Cooper (1951-2013)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Lindsay Cooper Barbican London Jazz Festival November 21, 2014 I confess I'm less familiar with the work of the late composer and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Cooper than I might be. On the basis of this gig, that's very much my loss. What brought me here was the fact that I did know Cooper as a fine, sympathetic improviser from her periods with Henry Cow, Mike and Kate Westbrook and folk terrorists Comus--if you haven't heard of ...

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Amalgam: Innovation

Read "Innovation" reviewed by Rex  Butters

In the early '60s Trevor Watts and John Stevens initiated the long-lived free jazz association that became known as Amalgam. Their extended tenure altered Euro jazz and improvised music forever, following their first recording in '69. Tangent records released their third album, Innovation , in 1974, after their Play Blackwell and Higgins set and several sessions recorded with trumpeter Bobby Bradford. Weirdly saddled with a “jazz rock" reputation with the addition of guitarist Keith Rowe after these sessions, the Innovation ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Octet Broadcasts...

Gearbox Records


Angels on the Edge of...

I Dischi Di Angelica



FMR Records


A View From The...

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Pia Mater

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Sahara Dust

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Peter Kowald
bass, acoustic
band / ensemble / orchestra

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