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Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

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The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved. The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter role was concerned he was arguably one of the most significant figures in jazz education, a point supported by the many awards he received ...

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Graham Collier: Luminosity

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A new work, posthumously released and recorded--how many of those can there have been in jazz? Luminosity features two late works by composer Graham Collier brought to realisation through the efforts of his partner, author John Gill and conductor Geoff Warren. To say this record is a fine valediction is a statement infused with regret. These two compositions reveal just how much music Collier still had to offer. Fortunately, Gill and Warren were able to bring together a ...

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Graham Collier: The Day of the Dead

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Graham Collier's death, in 2011, lends this release a sad air--at least until the gravity of the music is considered, because truly the composer/arranger has gained some measure of immortality through it. Recorded over the years 1976 to 1978, the albums collected here mark a period of transition from Collier the bassist and small band leader to Collier the composer for large ensembles who grasped the implications of the tonal palette such groups could offer. In his ...

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Graham Collier: Darius / Midnight Blue / New Conditions

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Graham Collier Music Darius / Midnight Blue / New Conditions BGO 2009

The benefit of hindsight reveals how the three LPs, recorded in the mid-1970s, collected here form the bridge between British bassist, composer and bandleader Graham Collier's early small group work and the expansion of tonal palette and compositional ambition that have marked his more recent forays. His music thus amounts to one of those occasions when increasing ambition is complimented by increasing ...

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The Jazz Composer: Moving Music Off The Paper

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The Jazz Composer: Moving Music Off The Paper Graham Collier Hardcover; 314 pages ISBN: 978 09557888 0 2 Northway Books 2009

Bassist, composer and bandleader Graham Collier's preoccupation with form is itself, in a very literal sense, a central concern of this book: with the passage of time, Collier's music has grown ever more structurally sophisticated. Such is its depth in 2009 that it is hardly surprising that The Jazz Composer: Moving Music ...

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Graham Collier: Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks

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Graham Collier Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks Jazz Continuum 2009

Reissues can have a telescoping effect on our perception of an artist because they focus on music from the past, which in British bandleader and composer Graham Collier's case can be anything up to 40 or so years old. In the intervening decades his role as a composer has changed fundamentally, as has his place within a band. As a composer/director he now occupies a ...

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Graham Collier: Deep Dark Blue Centre / Portraits / The Alternate Mosaics

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Graham Collier Deep Dark Blue Centre / Portraits / The Alternate Mosaics BGO Records 2008

This is the second chapter in BGO's reissue program of bassist/bandleader Graham Collier's work from the late 1960s and early 1970s. It gives listeners a chance to catch up with some of the most potent British jazz from a period when the music was moving forward at a rate and without a mind for the ...

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Graham Collier: Down Another Road / Songs For My Father / Mosaics

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Graham Collier Down Another Road / Songs For My Father / Mosaics BGO Records 2007

The late 1960s and early 1970s were years when European jazz in general, and British jazz in particular, came into their own in terms of the music making a fundamental break with established, exclusively American precedents.

This two-disc reissue of three Graham Collier albums made by the bassist/bandleader during the period underscores this ...

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Graham Collier: Down Another Road / Songs For My Father / Mosaics

Read "Down Another Road / Songs For My Father / Mosaics" reviewed by John Kelman

These days, British bassist Graham Collier is often considered more as a composer/arranger/bandleader, especially with archival issues like Hoarded Dreams (Cuneiform, 2007) and Workpoints (Cuneiform, 2005) placing emphasis on large ensemble work (though one disc of Workpoints featured a sextet). It's easy to forget that, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, he released some of the finest small ensemble jazz to come out of the UK, most notably a string of three titles that, up until now, have been ...

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Graham Collier: Hoarded Dreams

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Great music stands the test of time. Composer/arranger/bandleader Graham Collier proves that once again with the release of Hoarded Dreams. The work was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain for the ninth Bracknell Jazz Festival in July 1983.

Collier has sandwiched five extended parts between the introduction and the coda. They become the take-off and landing points of the suite.

His writing is secure in its art. He lets structure lay the foundation and then opens the doors ...

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Graham Collier: Forging Ahead

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British bandleader and composer Graham Collier is seventy this year. In the course of his career he has, perhaps, unusually become more expansive in his musical outlook, fashioning pieces for ensembles larger than those he was working with during the late 1960s and early 1970s, a period which is effectively the high water mark of the documentation of his music on record.

One of the many characteristics of his work is a singularity of artistic vision, ...

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Graham Collier: Hoarded Dreams

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Hindsight is arguably always a dubious benefit, but in this case it reveals that Hoarded Dreams just might be a touchstone for Graham Collier's music, more specifically the inventions for large ensembles that he's been fashioning for the last thirty-odd years.

This disc was recorded at the Bracknell Jazz Festival in England in 1983, and Collier was fortunate indeed in securing the services of a crack band for the realisation of his extended piece. What's perhaps most notable about the ...


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