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Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward

Read "Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward" reviewed by Duncan Heining

From the Albert Hall at twenty-two with a fifty-piece band to picking potatoes to make ends meet a decade later, Keith Tippett's life in music could sum up many a jazz career. After a grim '80s, things now look better for the composer, pianist and bandleader. “What I'm about to say is ridiculous but it was ...

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Keith Tippett: R.I.P.

Read "Keith Tippett: R.I.P." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Keith Tippett's death on Sunday, 14th June 2020 robbed British and European music of one of its finest talents. The death on any musician of even minor significance often leads many critics reaching for the Thesaurus and tripping over their adjectives in a head-rush of hyperbole. In Keith's case, the simple phrase--"one of music's finest talents"--cuts ...

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King Crimson: Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972

Read "Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972" reviewed by John Kelman

"Never say never," or so the old adage goes. When it comes to music, there are two more that should be added: “farewell tour" and, most certainly as it relates to King Crimson's Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972, “the complete recordings." This, the 48th in the veteran group's King Crimson Collector's Club series of archival ...

Two Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras

Read "Two  Scandinavian Jazz Orchestras" reviewed by John Eyles

It can be notoriously difficult to keep large-scale improvising ensembles in check and prevent their music from spiralling into incoherence. At their best, when the balance between order and chaos is just right, they make thrilling listening and attract fans in abundance, just as jazz big bands once did. Classic examples include Carla Bley & Mike ...

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Canterbury e dintorni secondo Ferdinando Faraò

Read "Canterbury e dintorni secondo Ferdinando Faraò" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

Fasano, solare cittadina pugliese in provincia di Brindisi, è da 17 anni teatro di un festival jazz eterodosso e controcorrente che, oltre a valorizzare talenti locali e a tenere alta la bandiera del jazz italiano (nel corso degli anni la rassegna ha ospitato, tra gli altri, Franco Cerri, Antonello Salis, Roberto Ottaviano, Franco D'Andrea, Stefano Bollani, ...

Septober Energy

Label: BGO Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: CD1: Septober Energy - Part 1; Septober Energy - Part 2. CD2: Septober Energy - Part 3; Septober Energy - Part 4.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Centipede: Septober Energy

Read "Septober Energy" reviewed by John Kelman

One look at the fifty-piece Centipede orchestra, organized and led by British free jazz pianist Keith Tippett over thirty years ago, and the mind boggles that such an unwieldy collection of musicians, from such a multitude of musical camps, could ever be brought together to create a remotely coherent musical statement. And, truth be told, when ...


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