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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more
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 ...read more