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Phil Seamen: Seamen's Mission

Read "Seamen's Mission" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

British jazz has produced many great players whose fame never came close to matching their talent. One such was the mercurial drummer Phil Seamen. Seamen's Mission a splendid 4-CD box set in the Proper Box series, is a great reminder of Seamen's skills across a range of ensembles from big bands to trios, from swing to bop. Seamen began his professional career in 1944, working in the big bands of Nat Gonella and Joe Loss, among others. ...

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The Late Great Phil Seamen

Read "The Late Great Phil Seamen" reviewed by Michael Baird

INTRODUCTION Phillip William Seamen was born in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on August 28th 1926 and died on Friday 13th October 1972--he fell asleep in a chair in his abode on Old Paradise Street in Lambeth, south London, and didn't wake up any more. The police were called in quite quickly and their pathologist began by taking a sample of Phil's blood, which is usual procedure. Back in the lab he could not believe his eyes--the level of barbiturates was ...


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