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Eddie Prevost

Drummer Eddie Prevost was born on June 22, 1942 in England. As a teenager he played drums in Skiffle and trad jazz bands before showing signs of the creative musician that was forming. After his initial exposure to his greatest influences Max Roach and Ed Blackwell, Prevost became fascinated with the endless possibilities of improvisation. He began incorporating all sorts of non-traditional percussion with his standard drum kit. In 1965 he co-founded the English improv ensemble AMM with saxophonist Leslie Gare and guitarist Keith Rowe. He also began recording with free jazz musicians Evan Parker, Marilyn Crispell, and Paul Rutherford

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Das B: Canopy

Read "Canopy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The free improvisational quartet Das B releases its first recording Canopy, taken from a live performance at the Festival Konfrontationen, in Nickelsdorf, Austria 2017. Formed in 2015, the 'B' refers to Berlin, the nexus of activity for the four musicians heard here. The two Australians, drummer Tony Buck and bassist Mike Majkowski, join the Beirut-born trumpeter ...

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Ross Lambert: Magnit-Iz-Dat

Read "Magnit-Iz-Dat" reviewed by John Eyles

In the mid-1980s, guitarist Ross Lambert was first exposed to and immediately became committed to improvisatory music, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey. Since then he has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improv. In November 1999 he was one of the earliest participants in the weekly Friday-evening improv ...

John Butcher

Read "John Butcher" reviewed by John Eyles

In the Building a Jazz Library article on Evan Parker, it says that seasoned Parker followers would describe him as the finest improvising saxophonist of his generation. Curiously, many of those same people would use exactly that phrase about John Butcher. The simple explanation for this apparent contradiction is that we are talking about two generations; ...

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Tom Wheatley: Double Bass

Read "Double Bass" reviewed by John Eyles

With improvising double bassists of the calibre of Olie Brice, John Edwards, Dominic Lash, David Leahy, Peter Marsh, Marcio Mattos, Jordan Muscatello and Guillaume Viltard being regulars on the London improv scene, it is not an easy place for young newcomers to make an impression and gain a reputation. But every once in a while, a ...

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James O'Sullivan: IL Y A

Read "IL Y A" reviewed by John Eyles

It is a great pleasure to welcome the release of IL Y A by London improvising guitarist James O'Sullivan. An active member of the London improv community, including being a long-standing member of Eddie Prevost's highly influential weekly workshop, O'Sullivan released his first album in 2009. During the years 2011 to 2014, he averaged two releases ...

Evan Parker

Read "Evan Parker" reviewed by John Eyles

In his biography of Robert Wyatt, Different Every Time (Serpent's Tail, 2015), author Marcus O'Dair describes Evan Parker as “perhaps the finest British free-jazz saxophonist of his generation." The only words in that phrase that seasoned Parker followers might take issue with are “perhaps," “British" and “free-jazz," preferring just to describe him as the finest improvising ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...

Cassette Plus Download Labels

Read "Cassette Plus Download Labels" reviewed by John Eyles

In the era of digital downloads and streaming, much publicity has been given to the revival in sales of vinyl records, both of new releases and reissues. However, all the noise surrounding that phenomenon has diverted attention away from another one--the resurgence of cassette tapes. Cassettes had their heyday in the 80's, after the ...

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Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads

Read "Paul G. Smyth: Weekertoft downloads" reviewed by John Eyles

The Weekertoft label was set up jointly by English improvising guitarist John Russell and pianist Paul G. Smyth of the Irish rock band The Jimmy Cake. Their partnership dates back to September 2001 when they played as a duo at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, followed in December 2001 by a duo at Mopomoso, the London-based ...


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