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Keith Tippett: The Unlonely Raindancer

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Some people find that solo piano albums, no matter how highly regarded they may be, struggle to hold their attention for a full listen. This can often be attributed to the relatively small timbral palette apparently available to pianists. However, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the extraordinary performances of Keith Tippett documented in this beautiful reissue of the seminal album The Unlonely Raindancer (Universe Productions, 1980). Tippett draws a seemingly limitless supply of hitherto unimaginable sounds from ...

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Keith Tippett Octet: Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon

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The Nine Dances of Patrick O'Gonogon is a solid gold delight. I have no idea, who Paddy O'Gonogon is or even if he exists outside the minds of Keith Tippett and Julie Tippett but I'd love to have a drink or eight with him. Seems like he knows how to have a good time. The record was inspired by Tippett's memories of Irish folk music and song, albeit filtered through jazz and improvisation. I had never thought of ...

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Keith Tippett: Mujician Solo IV – Live in Piacenza

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From its opening notes, it is apparent that Keith Tippett's first solo recording in fifteen years is something very special indeed. Tippett has always been a player with a talent for musical pyrotechnics, cascades of notes--triplets, trills, mordants and arpeggios-colliding with mighty tone clusters. But equally, he has also been an artist of great emotional subtlety and depth. Both these qualities are in evidence here. For much of the record, the sense is less that of Rachmaninov, more that of ...

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Keith Tippett Octet: From Granite To Wind

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Rarely does an album receive the plaudit of being considered essential, but for Keith Tippett fans and non-fans alike, From Granite To Wind is such a recording. The pianist departed from the more rock-influenced aspects of his writing, on albums like Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening (Vertigo, 1971) and the Centipede big band extravaganza Septober Energy (Neon/RCA, 1971), many years ago. He has, in subsequent years, devoted himself to the freer improvisational areas of jazz, although even these ...

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Keith Tippett at the London Jazz Festival

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Keith Tippett Purcell Room London, England November 14, 2008

Navigating a multi-venued festival with concurrent concerts can make for some difficult choices: Keith Tippett and Stan Tracey? Or Ken Vandermark and Barry Guy? This was just one of the conundrums posed by the ten day, 237-event London Jazz Festival. Perversely living in the UK, more chances to catch American reedman Vandermark had presented themselves than for the esteemed pianist Tippett, so the choice for ...

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Keith Tippett: Viva La Black Live At Ruvo

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Viva La Black, on this occasion, is Keith Tippett (piano), Julie Tippetts (vocals), Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums, now mysteriously doubling-up his name) and the rather large Canto General ensemble, recorded live at the Ruvo Festival in southern Italy. Their repertoire might suggest a 1970s date, but in reality this was only 2004, with a bold mission to recreate arrangements from the golden years of the Dedication Orchestra and Tippett's biggest of big bands, the bloated Centipede. An opening salvo ...

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Keith Tippett: Viva La Black Live At Ruvo

Read "Viva La Black Live At Ruvo" reviewed by John Eyles

Viva La Black Live At Ruvo, recorded in 2004, is a collaboration between the Italian jazz orchestra Canto Generàl and singers from vocal ensemble Faraualla, Keith Tippett, his wife Julie Tippetts and legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo. As well as playing piano, Tippett directs and conducts the orchestra; most of the compositions are also his. However, the presence of Moholo-Moholo is key, as much of the music here was originally created with South African exiles Dudu Pukwana, Harry Miller ...


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