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Coleridge Goode

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Coleridge George Emerson Goode is a former British Jamaican-born jazz bassist most noteworthy for his long collaboration with alto saxophonist Joe Harriott. Goode was a key figure in Harriott's innovatory jazz quintet throughout its eight-year existence as a regular unit (1958–65). Goode was also an important contributor to Harriott's later pioneer fusions of jazz and Indian music. Goode was born in Kingston, Jamaica. His father was a choirmaster and organist who promoted classical choral music in Jamaica and his mother sang in the choir. As Goode recalls: "My name comes from my father putting on a performance of Samuel Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast as a tribute to him...

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Free Form & Abstract Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: Formation; Coda; Abstract; Impression; Straight Lines; Calypso; Tempo; Subject; Shadows; Oleo; Modal; Tonal; Pictures; Idiom; Compound.

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited

Read "Free Form & Abstract Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A tiny island, Jamaica has punched far above its weight musically. Dub and reggae are the primary manifestations, but the island has also produced a disproportionately large number of notable jazz musicians, many of whom left during the late 1940s and 1950s to relocate to Britain, Jamaica's so-called mother country during the colonial era. Alto saxophonist ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter

Read "Lift Every Voice And Sing: Twenty #BlackLives Albums That Matter" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz has been inextricably linked with social and political protest since at least the late 1930s, when Billie Holiday made famous the leftist songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol's “Strange Fruit." The song, which has a power to move that is undiminished by familiarity, likens the bodies of lynched African Americans to fruit hanging in trees.

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Article: Album Review

Alex Hitchcock: All Good Things

Read "All Good Things" reviewed by Roger Farbey


The Alex Hitchcock Quintet's first record, Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals, was released in 2018 as an EP on Mondo Tunes. But at around 40 minutes this could easily have passed muster as a pukka LP. It was also a very impressive debut indeed, captured live from gigs performed in 2016 and 2017 ...

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Article: Profile

Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Read "Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" reviewed by David Burke


Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman. “I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form

Read "Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Swing Low, Sweet Harriott I don't think Joe Harriott's entire catalogue has ever been available at one time. Even in his heyday in the sixties, much of the 1950s material was unavailable. From the seventies onwards, things got really dire. Now that so much is out of copyright, Harriott's work is increasingly being reissued ...

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Article: Interview

Coleridge Goode: 100 Not Out!

Read "Coleridge Goode: 100 Not Out!" reviewed by Duncan Heining


To celebrate the 100th birthday of Jamaican-born bassist Coleridge Goode, All About Jazz publishes Duncan Heining's 2012 interview with Goode. A remarkable man and musician, the bassist connects aspects of British jazz from the 1930s through the war years and on through the fifties, sixties and seventies. He played with Caribbean-born and black British jazz pioneers ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Joe Harriott Quintet: Movement / High Spirits

Read "Joe Harriott Quintet: Movement / High Spirits" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Joe Harriott QuintetMovement / High Spirits Dutton Vocalion2012 (1963/1964)The acquisition, ownership and handling of a back catalogue of classic British jazz from the sixties by first Polygram and then Universal is a story of meanness and incompetence. It meant that key recordings by the likes of saxophonists Joe ...

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Article: Profile

Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?

Read "Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?" reviewed by Duncan Heining


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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