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Chris Biscoe

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Music Is: Chris Biscoe Plays Mike Westbrook

Label: Trio Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Music Is; Mama Chicago; Goin' To Chicago; Aggro-Vancouver-Desperado; View From The Drawbridge; July '79; Wasteground And Weeds; Music Is.

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London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990

Label: Westbrook Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: CD1: LONDON BRIDGE: London Bridge Is Broken Down. WENCESLAS SQUARE: Wenceslas Square. BERLIN WALL: Nahe Des Geliebten; Traurig Aber Falsch. CD2: Ein Vogel. VIENNA: Viennese Waltz; Fur Sie; Blighters; Les Morts. PICARDIE: Picardie; Une Fenetre; Aucassin Et Nicolette.

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Article: Album Review

Mike Westbrook: London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990

Read "London Bridge Live In Zurich 1990" reviewed by Chris May


Viewed from the other side of the Atlantic, Mike Westbrook is probably Britain's best kept secret. A composer, pianist and tubaist--above all, composer--Westbrook's recording career began in the late 1960s. Since then he has released upwards of fifty albums, spanning jazz rock through jazz and contemporary-classical fusions such as the 2 x CD London Bridge Live ...

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Grand Union Orchestra: Made By Human Hands

Read "Made By Human Hands" reviewed by Chris May


Grand Union Orchestra, which has mentored many young London jazz musicians over four decades, is approximately aligned with the grassroots organisations Tomorrow's Warriors and Kinetika Bloco. The longest established of the trio, Grand Union took wing in 1982, Tomorrow's Warriors in 1991, Kinetika Bloco in 2000. Made By Human Hands is a greatest hits compilation celebrating ...

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Fluid Architecture

Label: Cuneiform Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Escaping The Six String Cage; Turn Right At Ventura; Moon Dog; Endure; We Go Back a Short Way; The Conversation; One For Geoff; Six In – Six Out; A Room Within A Room.

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Article: Profile

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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Change Of Meaning

Label: Confront Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Unbuilding; The Plate.

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Cartoon: Change Of Meaning

Read "Change Of Meaning" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The Confront Recording's Collectors Series is distinguished by the packaging of its CDs which arrive in a DVD sized metal box. Rather than any cover art, there are instead simple stickers affixed to the front and rear denoting the artist, title and track names. The CD itself quaintly replicates the grooves and track markers of a ...


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