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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, ...

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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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Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper

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Exclusive extract adapted from Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
By Colin Harper. Published (UK and US) March 26, 2014 by Jawbone Press

“British jazz is awash with young talent which, given a healthy set of circumstances and a fair share of work, could produce a generation of ...

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The Not So Strange and Bizarre Life of Mike Taylor

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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 ...

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Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?

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The Jamaican saxophhonist Joe Harriott was, without doubt, one of the most important and innovative jazz musicians to emerge in Britain in the fifties and early sixties. He arrived in Britain in 1951 with Ozzie Da Costa's band, which was en route for an engagement in Germany playing US army bases. Much to his erstwhile boss's ...

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Mike Taylor: Remembered

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Non si può certo dire che il pianista inglese Mike Taylor sia stato un abitante fortunato del nostro pianeta. Pur godendo di grande considerazione fra i suoi colleghi inglesi (da Jon Hiseman a Jack Bruce, da Ginger Baker a Dave Gelly) a metà degli anni sessanta, quando il jazz era ancora ben distinto dal rock, pur avendo pubblicato ...

Mike Taylor: Pendulum

Read "Pendulum" reviewed by Clifford Allen

The jazz world is certainly littered with its share of unheralded greats who died too young, but even in the world of Sonny Clarks and Wardell Grays, there are those whose recorded legacy is almost nil--ever heard of Jack Graham or Ric Colbeck? English pianist and composer Mike Taylor is among the latter category; his two ...

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Joe "Sonny" Barbato: Crackerjack

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Il fisarmonicista americano Joe “Sonny” Barbato, sideman per artisti come Kenny Barron, Bobby Previte, Joe Locke e Jerry Bergonzi, si presenta qui con il primo lavoro da leader, nel quale raccoglie brani registrati con formazioni diverse: quintetto con piano, quintetto con chitarra, sestetto con tromba e sax soprano, duo con chitarra. Le composizioni - a parte la conclusiva “Alfie” ...