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Mike Westbrook Concert Band: The Last Night At The Old Place

Read "The Last Night At The Old Place" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This live recording which took place on 25th May 1968, celebrated the last night at Ronnie Scott's Club in London's Gerrard Street. Scott and his business partner Pete King moved the club in 1965 to its current location in Frith Street, but as the lease had a couple of years left to run they generously handed ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Westbrook's birthday today!

Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Live 1972

Read "Live 1972" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

La meritoria etichetta inglese Hux Records recupera un live piuttosto raro del 1972 che vede protagonista una versione molto ridotta, in termini numerici, della famosa orchestra jazz del pianista Mike Westbrook. Il periodo è quello della transizione verso il rock-jazz di un arrangiatore molto apprezzato sia dall'establishment jazzistico dell'epoca, sia dal nuovo pubblico che stava sempre ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival

Read "Mauro Bardusco - Direttore Artistico di Jazz & Wine Of Peace Festival" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Il festival Jazz & Wine of Peace di Cormòns, in provincia di Gorizia, è una delle rassegne nazionali di maggior successo, cresciuto negli ultimi anni a dismisura certo anche grazie all'unione degli spettacoli con il vino -Cormòns si trova nel Collio Friulano, ove si producono alcuni dei migliori bianchi d'Italia -ma in primo luogo in virtù ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Marcus Vergette: The Marsyas Suite

Read "The Marsyas Suite" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Le sue sculture--campane la cui forma favorisce particolari relazioni armoniche -sono state esposte al Guggenheim di Venezia. È anche agricoltore, regista e contrabbassista nella Mike Westbrook Orchestra. Si chiama Marcus Vergette e con The Marsyas Suite ci offre un lavoro di grande intensità e sicuro spessore. Ispirato a “La punizione di Marsia" di Tiziano (dipinto violento ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bob Downes Open Music: Let Your Mind...Space Out

Read "Let Your Mind...Space Out" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Any CD release by Bob Downes is a significant event but the psych-entitled Let Your Mind...Space Out is important because it also celebrates the 80th birthday of this virtuoso jazz multi-instrumentalist. It's hard to credit that Downes, like his contemporaries Mike Westbrook and Mike Gibbs has now achieved octogenarian status, given that his early oeuvre was ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival

Read "Mike Westbrook at Bury St. Edmunds Festival" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Mike Westbrook and Kate Westbrook
Bury St. Edmunds Festival
The Church of St. John the Evangelist
May 19, 2017

Of all his many achievements, Mike Westbrook's The Westbrook Blake is one of his finest. Few works in jazz have combined music and text, voices and instrumentation, to such profound effect. The ...

Mike Westbrook: Live 1972

Read "Live 1972" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Mike Westbrook Live 1972 captures a fleeting snapshot of the transitional group Westbrook assembled in between hisMetropolis era big band and the jazz rock venture Solid Gold Cadillac featuring Phil Minton's irrepressible vocals. This quintet lasted only a few weeks but the line-up boasted Gary Boyle, guitarist of the legendary band Isotope. Also, George Khan on ...

Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks

Read "Marching Song Volumes 1 & 2 Plus Bonus Tracks" reviewed by Roger Farbey

It's hardly surprising that Mike Westbrook reigned supreme in the latter quarter of the 1960s and early 70s. His big band was voted top of that category in the late-lamented Melody Maker British jazz polls for 1970 (and the two years either side of that). In the same year, his third album, Marching Song, recorded a ...