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Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

Read "Catania" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A major figure in British jazz since the late 1950s, composer-pianist Mike Westbrook continues to write, perform and record at a rate of knots which would leave contenders half his 83 years on the ropes. Four albums since 2016, including--after a gap of forty years—not one but two solo piano recordings, are testament to the creative ...

Wodgi

Read "Wodgi" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Trumpeter Dave Holdsworth has graced a number of key jazz recordings over the years, notably with Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy and Tony Oxley. At the same time, he recorded rather less than many of his peers from that important period in British jazz in the late '60s/early '70s. Instead of the vagaries of a career in ...

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Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Lo scorso marzo Mike Westbrook ha compiuto 80 anni, un traguardo festeggiato degnamente con un nuovo doppio album realizzato con la Uncommon Orchestra, ensemble di 21 elementi che include tre vocalist dell'eccezione: l'inseparabile moglie Kate, autrice anche dei testi dell'opera, e due vecchie conoscenze e collaboratori dei Westbrook, Billy Bottle e Martine Waltier. Era ...

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Mike Westbrook & Company: A Bigger Show - Live

Read "A Bigger Show - Live" reviewed by Duncan Heining

For the last few years, pianist-composer Mike Westbrook has been leading a very fine big band down in Devon but this is the first time they have made it on to CD. In fact, this is an expanded ensemble with three vocalists, two bass players, two guitarists and two drummers. The clue is in the title, ...

The Fire, Regardless

Read "The Fire, Regardless" reviewed by Nic Jones

If considered together a couple of recent archival releases (The 100 Club Concert 1979 (Reel Recordings, 2012), by saxophonist Elton Dean's Ninesense and Mike Osborne Trio The Birmingham Concert (Cadillac, 2012), by the Mike Osborne Trio) and one reissue (Wilderness of Glass ((Awake, 2012), by Triton) remind us of how creative improvised music happens, regardless of ...

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Graham Collier: The Day of the Dead

Read "The Day of the Dead" reviewed by Nic Jones

Graham Collier's death, in 2011, lends this release a sad air--at least until the gravity of the music is considered, because truly the composer/arranger has gained some measure of immortality through it. Recorded over the years 1976 to 1978, the albums collected here mark a period of transition from Collier the bassist and small band leader ...

Graham Collier: Darius / Midnight Blue / New Conditions

Read "Graham Collier: Darius / Midnight Blue / New Conditions" reviewed by Nic Jones

Graham Collier Music Darius / Midnight Blue / New Conditions BGO 2009 The benefit of hindsight reveals how the three LPs, recorded in the mid-1970s, collected here form the bridge between British bassist, composer and bandleader Graham Collier's early small group work and the expansion of tonal palette and compositional ...


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