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Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

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Gilgamesh
Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into
Charly
1978

Today's Rediscovery pays tribute to a musician who has been dead for over 30 years but whose brief body of work remains a seminal part of the British Canterbury scene that included groups like Soft Machine, Caravan and Hatfield and The North ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

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Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joe Harriott Quintet: Movement / High Spirits

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Joe Harriott Quintet

Movement / High Spirits
Dutton Vocalion

2012 (1963/1964)

The acquisition, ownership and handling of a back catalogue of classic British jazz from the sixties by first Polygram and then Universal is a story of meanness and incompetence. It meant that key recordings by the likes of saxophonists Joe ...

British Jazz

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Stan Tracey

Senior Moment

ReSteamed

2009

Stan Tracey

The Later Works

ReSteamed

2010

Various Artists

The Flamingo Connection: Great British Modern Jazz

Ember-Future Noise

2009



The United Kingdom's recent political crisis ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet: Live at the Union 1966

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During its five-year run, the Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet was one of the UK's premiere small ensemble jazz groups. Five albums on Columbia didn't hurt either, from 1965's Shades of Blue through to 1969's Change Is, where dissention ultimately resulted in the band's dissolution. Sometimes it's for the best, though; saxophonist/flautist Rendell continued on in ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Farewell, Sir John

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Some of us are old enough to remember when Sir John Dankworth was simply Johnny Dankworth, and quite simply one of the finest jazz musicians Great Britain has ever produced. Johnny became Sir John in 2006 when he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, nine years after his wife, the marvelous singer Cleo Laine, was made a ...

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Gilgamesh: Another Fine Tune You've Got Me Into

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British bass guitarist Hugh Hopper's recent death in the summer of 2009 throws this reissue into some sad relief. Recorded and originally released some 31 years ago, the fare is fusion of an order made rare by the fact that it's played with a measure of diffidence and an absence of empty technical fireworks. In short ...

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The New Don Rendell Quintet: Roarin'

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A fascinating snapshot of the British jazz and rhythm & blues interzone of the early '60s, Roarin' --unavailable for decades and here released on CD for the first time--is well titled. It's a raucous, sweaty, at times honking and screaming ruckus of hard bop, laced with jump jive and blues roots--and it's as enjoyable today as ...