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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One

Read "S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One" reviewed by John Kelman

With more and more archival “finds" hitting the shelves--real or virtual--it's becoming increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Just because an old, long considered lost recording has resurfaced doesn't inherently make it worthy of release: sometimes the sound isn't up to snuff--though, if it's a stellar performance, that can sometimes be forgiven--but other ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

The Not So Strange and Bizarre Life of Mike Taylor

Read "The Not So Strange and Bizarre Life of Mike Taylor" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Composer-pianist, Mike Taylor, lies buried in a touchingly simple grave in a cemetery in Southend. His body was found on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex in January 1969. It was assumed that he had committed suicide. He was 30 years old and didn't leave much of a legacy--a couple of albums now highly prized, a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

G. F. Fitz-Gerald & Lol Coxhill: The Poppy Seed Affair

Read "The Poppy Seed Affair" reviewed by Nic Jones

Guitarist G.F. Fitz-Gerald has always mapped out musical territory every bit as distinct as that of Derek Bailey or Hans Reichel, while Lol Coxhill is one of the most distinctive soprano saxophonists on the planet. They've worked as a duo for decades and this one-DVD/two-CD set straddles those decades with rare aplomb.

The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dreamtime: Double Trouble

Read "Double Trouble" reviewed by Nic Jones

Reel Recordings has excelled in the business of audio restoration, as this 2CD/DVD set goes to show. On one level, Dreamtime is no more than a footnote in British jazz, but not only did the band feature some potent soloists, it was one of the few to bridge the divide between composed and free music with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Radar Favourites: Radar Favourites

Read "Radar Favourites" reviewed by Nic Jones

Full credit is due to Mike King and Reel Recordings for this exercise in historical reclamation. For a brief period back in the mid-1970s, Radar Favourites was a band with a pedigree. For one thing, it was saxophonist Geoff Leigh's first venture after his departure from Henry Cow, while guitarist G.F. Fitz-Gerald was responsible for the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Don Rendell Ian Carr Quintet: Live at the Union 1966

Read "Live at the Union 1966" reviewed by John Kelman

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: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Soft Machine: Live At Henie Onstad Arts Centre 1971

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Soft Machine
Live at Henie Onstad Arts Centre 1971
Reel Recordings
2009

Here's some heady stuff from what in 2010 feels like a golden era, dubious though that notion might be in reality. There's already ample evidence that the Mike Ratledge / Elton Dean / Hugh Hopper / Robert ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Soft Machine: Live at Henie Onstad Arts Centre 1971

Read "Soft Machine: Live at Henie Onstad Arts Centre 1971" reviewed by John Kelman

Soft Machine
Live at Henie Onstad Arts Centre 1971
Reel Recordings
2009

It's a curious thing, but live performances can be issued all the time in the jazz world without the suggestion that there are too many of them, while in the rock world the release of too many similar programs will ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Splinters: Split the Difference

Read "Split the Difference" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

One imagines that there must be literally thousands of sessions like this, live gigs by groups that only a small handful of people got to enjoy. The record industry being what it is, only the smallest percentage of musical interactions are documented and released. Reel Recordings, focusing its efforts on a particularly fruitful period in British ...

Bob Downes Open Music: Crossing Borders

Read "Crossing Borders" reviewed by Nic Jones

Here's another of Reel's exercises in twentieth century tape archaeology. Like earlier efforts, it has the practical effect of sealing another hole in the documented fabric of British jazz and improvised music from the last four decades of that century. It's highly worthwhile too, this labor of love, as on this occasion it yields a program ...