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Harry Beckett

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West Indian Harry Beckett, born in Barbados, brought his own highly personal approaches to the trumpet to the cultural stew of the mid- to late 1960s.

Such is the distinctiveness of Beckett's playing that it continues to be the musical equivalent of DNA, and the elements of it were in place by the time he gained a significant break on record in the band of bass player and composer Graham Collier. Down Another Road, recorded in March of 1969, finds Beckett playing flugelhorn exclusively. August 1970 both Beckett and Evans were working with guitarist Ray Russell on his Rites And Rituals album. As the 1970s progressed the British jazz scene maintained creative momentum

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John Taylor Sextet: Fragment

Read "Fragment" reviewed by Chris May


The not-for-profit Jazz In Britain label is one of the unsung heroes of British jazz. And if it is being sung, apologies, it deserves to be sung louder. While it is fitting that the musicians who make up London's new alternative jazz scene receive a massive shout out, the players who came before them, who paved ...

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Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tanglewood 63; Five For England; Fanfare; June The 15th 1967; Sojourn; Canticle; Country Roads.

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Solar Session

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2021
Track listing: Element 1; Bedrock Deadlock; Spirit Level; Torso; Snakehips’ Dream.

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Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail - 90

Read "Detail - 90" reviewed by John Eyles


The group Detail first played together in December 1981. After a short period when the Norwegian pianist Eiven One Pederson was a member, it stabilised as a trio comprising Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad, South African bassist (and one-time Blue Note artist) Johnny Dyani, and British drummer John Stevens; these three recorded the group's first album, Backwards ...

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Various: Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

Read "Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)" reviewed by Chris May


As British jazz in 2021 reaches domestic and international audiences of unprecedented size, so record companies are being emboldened to open up their archives and reissue long-buried treasures. So, too, are new labels being formed to make available recordings which have not previously been released, but which have survived in the tape libraries of the musicians ...

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Jazz in Britain: The Back Story

Read "Jazz in Britain: The Back Story" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz In Britain is a not-for-profit label that curates and releases previously unissued studio, performance and broadcast recordings made in the mid-1960s and '70s by the movers and shakers of the contemporary British jazz scene—proving along the way that the radical new wave jazz emanating from London in 2021 comes from a distinguished lineage.

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Joy Unlimited

Label: Cadillac Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: No Time for Hello; Glowing; Changes Are Still Happening; Bracelets of Sound; Rings within Rings; Not Just Tomorrow.

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Harry Beckett: Joy Unlimited

Read "Joy Unlimited" reviewed by Chris May


The Barbados-born trumpeter Harry Beckett moved to Britain when he was 19. His first known recording session came in 1961 alongside Charles Mingus. This happened during the London sessions for the Tubby Hayes album All Night Long (Fontana, 1962), which was chronicled in the 2020 All About Jazz article Jazz & Film: An Alternative Top 20 ...

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London Jazz Composers Orchestra: That Time

Read "That Time" reviewed by John Sharpe


Issued to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, That Time uncovers a fascinating window on the early years of the pioneering company which are only sparsely documented elsewhere. The first two tracks from Berlin and Donaueschingen date from 1972, some six months after the LJCO's debut album Ode (Intakt, ...


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