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Harry Beckett: Still Happy

Read "Still Happy" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was known across the jazz world, respected as a major player on the UK scene for many years, winning the Melody Maker Trumpeter of the Year award in 1972 and recording or performing with a host of musicians including Louis Moholo, John Dankworth and John Surman. Like many jazz players he was in ...

Bob Downes Open Music: Blowin' With Bass

Read "Blowin' With Bass" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Bob Downes, compositore e polistrumentista britannico, estrae dal proprio magic box un'altra chicca che farà fellce gli appassionati di jazz, o meglio, di British Jazz. Il movimento che, a partire della fine degli anni Sessanta, produsse un pimpante manipolo di musicisti-pionieri che ancora oggi calcano le scene internazionali come Evan Parker, John Surman, Keith Tippett, John ...

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The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition

Read "The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Tapestry Of Delights Expanded Two Volume Edition: The Ultimate Guide to UK Rock & Pop Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976
Vernon Joynson
2,080 Pages
ISBN: 1-899855-19-3
Borderline Productions
2014

The word “cornucopia" could have been invented just for this immense two volume set. ...

Simon Phillips: Protocol 3

Read "Protocol 3" reviewed by Dave Wayne

A professional musician from the age of 12, Simon Phillips' drumming sound and style is instantly recognizable. He's toured and recorded with just about every major rock and pop act imaginable; from Mick Jagger, The Who and Toto to Judas Priest, Mike Oldfield, and Joe Satriani. Also an uber-session player, he's recorded countless jazz, fusion and ...

Henry Kaiser - Damon Smith - Weasel Walter: Plane Crash Two

Read "Plane Crash Two" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This album was created shortly after experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser's large ensemble collaboration with fabled Brit guitarist Ray Russell The Celestial Squid (Cuneiform, 2015), as Plane Crash Two marks the second installment of the trio's unadulterated free improvisation exploits. Here, three longtime associates generate that special synergy required to pull it off. Regardless of tempo or ...

Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Troy Collins

The Celestial Squid is an unprecedented summit meeting between two renowned guitarists: legendary British session ace Ray Russell and idiosyncratic Bay Area experimentalist Henry Kaiser. Although best known as a veteran studio musician, Russell's groundbreaking early records revealed a penchant for unbridled free jazz, culminating in his 1971 masterpiece Rites and Rituals (CBS). Since then, Russell ...

Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid

Read "The Celestial Squid" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Jazz fusion guitarist Ray Russell and polystylistic experimentalist Henry Kaiser have never previously recorded together. Kaiser's recorded output is prodigious whereas Russell's is more modest. His debut album Turn Circle(1968) was swiftly followed by a clutch of critically acclaimed but more challenging ones such as Dragon Hill (1969) and Secret Asylum (1973) prior to Russell changing ...

Bob Downes: Deep Down Heavy

Read "Deep Down Heavy" reviewed by Vic Albani

Quando AAJ mi ha spedito questo CD, non volevo credere che sarebbe stato possibile arrivare alla ristampa di uno dei CD più particolari, curiosi e per certi versi assurdi pubblicati nell'ormai lontano 1970. Fu un anno davvero particolare per la musica europea che, sin dai primi mesi, dimostrò di credere seriamente a una sorta di “cambio ...

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Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972

Read "Tubby Hayes: Seven Steps to Heaven - Live at the Hopbine 1972" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This set from the late saxophonist and flautist Tubby Hayes was extraordinary for several reasons. It featured along with his regular pianist of the time, Mike Pyne, two other virtuoso musicians, drummer Tony Oxley who repeatedly topped the Melody Maker British section jazz polls and the relatively less well known Daryl Runswick--primarily a classically trained musician ...

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Ray Russell: Playing with Time

Read "Ray Russell: Playing with Time" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Each time guitarist/composer Ray Russell releases a new album, it feels like a comeback. Now, More than Ever, Russell's debut on the Abstract Logix label, comes seven years after Goodbye Svengali (Cuneiform Records, 2006), his heartfelt tribute to composer Gil Evans. Although Russell may drop off the radar for periods of time, he's never really far ...


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