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Mike Gibbs Band: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield.

Read "Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 1991...Playing The Music Of Mike Gibbs And John Scofield." reviewed by Roger Farbey

This kind of album only appears once in a blue moon and is a near-perfect recording of a concert, in mixing desk quality stereo, that took place at Birmingham's Symphony Hall on Friday 18 October 1991. It boasted a starry line-up of British and American virtuosos including Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor and Tony Coe from the ...

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

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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, ...

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

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An hour's worth of archival Neil Ardley and the New Jazz Orchestra is always a welcome event since it features the cream of British jazz from the late 1960s, early 70s. But this CD is split into two half hour programmes. The first is a live recording of Neil Ardley conducting the New Jazz Orchestra for ...

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Howard Riley: Reinventing the Jazz Piano Trio

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Even allowing for journalistic hyperbole, the phrase “reinventing the jazz piano trio" was a doozy. It all seemed a bit “Emperor's new clothes" or, as my late mother used to put it, “new coat and no knickers." For a time in the noughties, British critics variously applied the phrase to Esbjorn Svensson, Brad Mehldau, The Necks, ...

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Howard Riley: Discussions

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The reissue on CD of Howard Riley's Discussions is to be welcomed, since it only ever saw a highly limited pressing of 99 copies when first released on the Opportunity label in 1967. It is also an important historical artefact because it provides a tangible clue as to how Riley progressed, via the foresight of David ...

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New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70

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Colosseum toured with theNew Jazz Orchestra in 1970 but this is the first time that any records of that tour have surfaced. Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Tony Reeves featured in both bands. The New Jazz Orchestra recorded so little, that anything new is welcome. That it should be this good is an embarrassment of riches. ...

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New Jazz Orchestra: Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

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I remember reading about this record in Melody Maker when it came out. These were all the people I admired in one band! Yet I never ever saw a copy until one day twenty years later in a record shop in Ipswich, I pulled this gem from the racks. £2.50! I couldn't believe the price or ...

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Norma Winstone: Edge of Time

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This reissue features many of the most significant musicians in British jazz of the late 1960s and 70s. It also benefits from imaginative compositions and arrangements by John Taylor, John Warren, Neil Ardley, John Surman and Norma Winstone herself.

The opening, title track written by Taylor and Winstone is a memorable exploration ...

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Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscope of Rainbows

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Neil Ardley è uno dei migliori arrangiatori espressi dalla musica jazz inglese negli ultimi quarant’anni. Non ha forse la capacità di essere originale e innovativo come Mike Gibbs, ma certamente sa fondere molto bene le esigenze anche formali della composizione raffinata con l’energia tipica della musica della seconda metà del secolo da poco terminato. La Dusk Fire ha ...

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Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70

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Se la Dusk Fire avesse voluto speculare un po’ sulla pubblicazione di queste belle registrazioni dal vivo avrebbe usato il nome dei Colosseum come richiamo in copertina. E invece giustamente l’album viene accreditato alla New Jazz Orchestra di Neil Ardley, vero leader del progetto e animatore appassionato della scena jazzistica inglese fra la fine degli anni sessanta e ...