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Daniel Spicer

Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster and improviser based in Brighton, UK.

About Me

Daniel Spicer is a writer, broadcaster and improviser based in Brighton, UK. He writes about music for The Wire and Jazzwise magazines and is probably working on at least one book at this very moment. He was nominated for 'Jazz Journalist of the Year' in the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. He has written programme notes for the London Jazz Festival, the Contemporary Music Network and the Barbican. He was writer-in-residence at the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five initiative 2007, 2008 & 2009. He presents 'The Mystery Lesson', a weekly radio show on Brighton's 97.2FM Radio Reverb, playing new releases in avant-garde improvised music including free-jazz, improv, noise and more. He is an occasional contributor to BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz on 3' programme. He is a member of the chaotic improvising ensemble, Bolide; the free-jazz unit, West Hill Blast Quartet; and the text/Improv duo, Mandarin Splashback. He also performs and records solo poetry and Improv. Through all these projects, he has been at least partly responsible for a number of largely unpopular CDs and tapes on various labels.

My Favorites

  1. Sun Ra
  2. Frank Zappa
  3. John Coltrane
  4. Alice Coltrane
  5. Albert Ayler
  6. Don Cherry
  7. Art Ensemble of Chicago
  8. Captain Beefheart
  9. Miles Davis
  10. McCoy Tyner
  11. Cecil Taylor
  12. Prog
  13. Canterbury Scene
  14. Krautrock
  15. Psych
  16. Folk
  17. Blues
  18. Weirdness