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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 ...

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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 ...

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Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Recorded for Harvest in 1970, Songs Without Words was only originally released in Japan. At the time, Chris Spedding was a much sought after guitarist in jazz and rock with one of the most impressive of CVs--Mike Westbrook, Michael Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Pete Brown and Frank Ricotti amongst others. The reason for its ...

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Chris Spedding: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Roger Farbey

All five musicians on this retrieved-from-the-vaults archival release were at various times alumni of bands or recordings directed by British veteran jazz composer Mike Westbrook. Songs Without Words was produced at the end of 1969 under the aegis of Peter Eden (who produced several early Westbrook records for the Deram label), on the condition, imposed by ...

Ron Geesin: Biting The Hand (BBC Radio Broadcasts 1969 - 1975)

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Ron Geesin
Biting The Hand (BBC Radio Broadcasts 1969 - 1975)
hux records
2007

Even in the state of cultural flux that was Britain in the late 1960s, multi-instrumentalist Ron Geesin must have stood out. The BBC radio sessions which make up much of this double-CD go a long way ...

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Pentangle: One More Road & Live 1994

Read "One More Road & Live 1994" reviewed by John Kelman

Amongst the artists who, to a greater or lesser extent, explored ways to marry traditional British folk with the energy of rock in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and Pentangle stand out as three of the most memorable. But while Fairport and Steeleye would move further towards a rock aesthetic, Pentangle ...

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Incredible String Band: On the Airwaves: BBC Radio Recordings 1969-1974

Read "On the Airwaves: BBC Radio Recordings 1969-1974" reviewed by John Kelman

Looking back at the British rock scene of the late 1960s, it's hard to believe that bands as diametrically opposed as Pink Floyd and Incredible String Band could share a concert bill. Floyd were mining early psychedelic territory, while the largely acoustic ISB--essentially multi-instrumentalists/singers Mike Heron and Robin Williamson--were creating a kind of contemporary traditional British ...

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Matching Mole: On The Radio (A BBC Recording)

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Le gemme nascoste negli archivi della BBC continuano a stupirci. E in questo caso sono davvero gemme di primissima qualità. I Matching Mole guidati da Robert Wyatt dimostrano di essere in gran spolvero in questi concerti radiofonici registrati fra metà gennaio e fine luglio del 1972 per quattro sedute coordinate principalmente dal mitico dj inglese John Peel. La formazione ...

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Elton Dean – Hugh Hopper - Hoppy Kamiyama - Yoshida Tatsuya: Soft Mountain

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Nel 2003 il saxofonista Elton Dean e il bassista Hugh Hopper erano in tour in Giappone, assieme ad Allan Hodsworth e a John Marshall, con il progetto Soft Works e il bassista decise di contattare il noto tastierista giapponese Hoppy Kamiyama per programmare un incontro in studio capace di generare materiale da pubblicare. Il tastierista non si lasciò scappare ...

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Soft Mountain: Soft Mountain

Read "Soft Mountain" reviewed by John Kelman

As the late saxophonist Elton Dean's final recordings are released, his remarkable ability to fit into any context becomes clearer than ever. From total spontaneity to groove-centrism, from rock-edged improv to detailed form, Dean consistently brought his own freewheeling yet never self-indulgent voice to each and every context. A year after he unexpectedly passed at the ...