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Lol Coxhill / Enzo Rocco: Fine Tuning - The Gradisca Concert

Read "Fine Tuning - The Gradisca Concert" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

There are no hard and fast rules that suggest improvised music cannot be a congenial undertaking. Free expressionism should not always be engineered upon overly cerebral formats and ideologies, contrary to popular belief. Fabled saxophonist Lol Coxhill and prominent Italian guitarist Enzo Rocco conjure the best of both worlds throughout this amiable set, recorded live at a festival in Italy. For decades, Coxhill has been a staple within the British free-jazz movement, yet is a supremely versatile artist ...

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Lol Coxhill / Roger Turner: Success With Your Dog

Read "Success With Your Dog" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Listening to soprano saxophonist, Lol Coxhill on Success With Your Dog, it is tempting to dwell on the thought that Coxhill pushes the straight horn further, much further, than the late Steve Lacy. It is, of course, natural. Coxhill emerged around the same time as Lacy, and both men came long after Sidney Bechet, and the man who sent them on their journey of musical discovery, John Coltrane. By this time, both men's paths had been made clear, and in ...

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Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner: Success with your Dog

Read "Success with your Dog" reviewed by John Eyles

Saxophonist Lol Coxhill and drummer Roger Turner go back a long way. They first played together in the early '70s and ever since they have come together regularly in a variety of settings, including The Recedents, their trio with guitarist Mike Cooper. Recently, they have most often played as a duo, and remarkably, Success with your Dog is their first release as a duo; for that reason, it is a welcome arrival. Three of its tracks date from a 2003 ...

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Lol Coxhill / Charles Hayward / Hugh Hopper / Orphy Robinson: Clear Frame

Read "Clear Frame" reviewed by Nic Jones

This coming together of Lol Coxhill, Orphy Robinson, Hugh Hopper and Charles Hayward on record is nothing but cause for celebration, especially in view of the fact that Robert Wyatt guests on cornet. The music produced by the group is an amalgam of their disparate musical personalities, which is just as it should be in the cooperative sense.

The chances are that a lot of listener's expectations will be confounded by the music, but in a profound way that's a ...

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Steve Miller / Lol Coxhill: "The Story So Far..." "...Oh Really?"

Read ""The Story So Far..." "...Oh Really?"" reviewed by John Kelman

Amidst the artists commonly associated with the British Canterbury scene, pianist Steve Miller and saxophonist Lol Coxhill undeservedly receive some of the least attention. Miller, brother of better-known guitarist Phil (Hatfield and the North, National Health), passed away in 1998 with only a small recorded legacy including stints with Caravan and the pre-Hatfield group Delivery. Coxhill's is the larger discography, including recordings with punksters The Damned, bluesman Alexis Korner and avant-gardist Fred Frith. Miller and Coxhill's two early 1970s collaborations ...

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Lol Coxhill: More Together Than Alone

Read "More Together Than Alone" reviewed by Nic Jones

In an ideal world Lol Coxhill would be far more widely celebrated than he is, and even in the world as it is he's a soprano saxophonist with an instrumental vocabulary every bit as rich and distinctive as that of the late Steve Lacy. Equally to his credit is the fact that he has recorded in a variety of settings both within improvised music and outside of it, the latter including recordings with the British band Delivery over thirty years ...

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Lol Coxhill & Veryan Weston: Worms Organising Archdukes

Read "Worms Organising Archdukes" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Lol Coxhill (sax) and Veryan Weston (piano) have been performing since the '70s amid their respective involvement in the British free-improvisational scene. These five pieces represent digitally recorded concert performances culled from the duo’s stints in England, Holland and Belgium between 2000 and 2001.

Needless to say, there’s a certain magic that permeates this outing, as the duo’s intuitive exchanges come as no surprise. Essentially, they methodically reconfigure motifs, amid counterbalancing statements and a great deal of ...

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Lol Coxhill: Spectral Soprano

Read "Spectral Soprano" reviewed by Mark Corroto

To describe Lol Coxhill as an eccentric English improviser would be redundant, maybe redundant times two. The saxophonist known for his wicked sense of musical humor is a true original voice. These two discs contain 29 tracks, over two hours of music recorded between 1954 and 1999.

Compiled by the artist, these tracks take in the breadth of his career. The early work finds some hauntingly beautiful music, such as his straight take on “Autumn In New ...

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Lol Coxhill: Spectral Soprano

Read "Spectral Soprano" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Free improvisers often receive criticism because they don't (or choose not to) play within other contexts. Lol Coxhill sets the record straight on Spectral Soprano, a collection of pieces that span a very broad range of styles from '54 through the late '90s. Coxhill has had his fingers in everyone's pie at one time or another, and this 2-disc set testifies to his abundant curiosity. The thick sheaf of liner notes and photos provides a loose roadmap to the high ...

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Lol Coxhill: Digswell Duets (1978)

Read "Digswell Duets (1978)" reviewed by AAJ Staff

You'll have to forgive me here if I toot Lol Coxhill's horn, because he certainly toots it just fine on his own. Saxophonist Coxhill is an extremely versatile player who has played in settings ranging from punk rock to abstract free improvisation. His sense of melody and time are particularly distinctive, drawing more heavily from the jazz tradition than many of his fellow British free improvisers. This recording marks an unusual pairing of duet partners: Simon Emmerson, an electronic artist ...

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Lol Coxhill: Alone And Together

Read "Alone And Together" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Alone and Together is a new release from the legendary British saxophonist Lol Coxhill featuring a series of solo performances and duets with either cellist Marcio Mattos or violinist Stevie Wishart. The material presented here spans 1991 through 1999 and was recorded live at various venues.

A master improviser and one of the leading exponents of the European free improv/modern jazz scene, Coxhill collaborates with violinist Stevie Wishart on three pieces yet on the piece titled, “Second Rare Duet”, Ms ...

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Lol Coxhill: Alone and Together

Read "Alone and Together" reviewed by Robert Spencer

Lol Coxhill is little-known but he is actually one of the first saxophonists to perform solo, and this disc contains the twenty-two minute “Festival Solo," a piece for soprano - Coxhill's saxophone of choice - that shows his range, imagination, and architectonic power.

But there is much more here as well. The discs begins with Coxhill on sopranino, or Eb soprano saxophone, playing a solo and three duets with Stevie Wishart, who plays violin on two and hurdy-gurdy on the ...


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