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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

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

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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

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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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New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70

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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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New Jazz Orchestra: Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

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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 ...