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What Was Happening

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2024
Track listing: CD1: Jubiliation: Jubilation; Nomad; What's Happening; Spider. Bonus tracks: Softly As In A Morning Sunrise; You Don't Know What Love Is; Billie's Bounce. CD2: Dreams Are Free: Dreams Are Free; Love Dance; Aura; Conundrum; What Is The Truth; Ba-loos. Bonus tracks: Rhythm-a-ning; In A Sentimental Mood; Now's The Time; My Melancholy Baby.

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Bobby Wellins Quartet: What Was Happening

Read "What Was Happening" reviewed by Chris May


In 1965 tenor saxophonist Bobby Wellins made an indelible mark on jazz history with his contribution to pianist Stan Tracey's Jazz Suite Inspired By Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood (Columbia). The exquisite “Starless And Bible Black" is the most frequently cited track (check the YouTube below) and is indicative of the album's overall beauty. For a ...

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No Blues: The Complete Hopbine '65

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Night And Day; It Never Entered My Mind; I Remember You; On Green Dolphin Street. CD2: No Blues; What's New?; Have You Met Miss Jones?.

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Warm Up

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2023
Track listing: Disc One: Blues By Five; Jonah And The Whale; The Sixth Seal; Shades Of Blue; Hot Red; No Blues. Disc Two: Garrison ’64; Promises; Ursula; Autumn Leaves; When I Fall In Love; My Funny Valentine.

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The Art Is In The Rhythm Volume 2

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Cardiff 1a; Cariff 1b; Cardiff 2; Cardiff 3. CD2: Cardiff 4 (Encore); Southampton 1; Southampton 2.

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For Future Reference

Label: Jazz In Britain
Released: 2023
Track listing: CD1: Chapter One; GRS; Celeste; Ugetsu; ‘Smatter; Early Spring; Your Eyes Are Love; The Right Moment. CD2: Zemlja; Summer Night; Three Four Piece; Evansong; Your Dancing Toes; For Future Reference; Ballad No. 1.

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Article: Album Review

Trevor Watts' Original Drum Orchestra: The Art Is In The Rhythm Volume 2

Read "The Art Is In The Rhythm Volume 2" reviewed by Chris May


A co-founder of London's pioneering Spontaneous Music Ensemble with drummer John Stevens in the mid 1960s, saxophonist Trevor Watts has straddled an unusually wide spectrum of genres. With SME he explored an area of free jazz which, in deliberate contrast to contemporary American adventurers such as Ornette Coleman or members of the Association for the Advancement ...

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Tubby Hayes: No Blues: The Complete Hopbine '65

Read "No Blues: The Complete Hopbine '65" reviewed by Chris May


"Who the fuck are you?" said Tubby Hayes, encountering Ron Mathewson on the bandstand of London's Hopbine club an hour or so before the start of the gig which this album chronicles. “I'm the bassist," said just turned twenty-one year old Mathewson, who had been booked to deputise for the Hopbine's regular bassist ...

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Article: Book Review

Neil Ardley & Ian Carr: Authoritative Studies Of Paradigm Shifting British Musicians

Read "Neil Ardley & Ian Carr: Authoritative Studies Of Paradigm Shifting British Musicians" reviewed by Chris May


Not-for-profit label Jazz In Britain is best known for carefully curated releases of historically important recordings made by British musicians in the 1960s and 1970s, most of them previously unavailable and sourced either from the musicians' own tape archives or those of BBC Radio. But from time to time, the label also publishes books.

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Trevor Tomkins' Sextant: For Future Reference

Read "For Future Reference" reviewed by Chris May


A 2-CD collection of four sessions recorded for BBC Radio between 1980 and 1983, For Future Reference is a snapshot, just one of many snapshots that might be taken, of British jazz in the period immediately before the so-called “jazz boom" of the mid to late 1980s. That boom was marked by an acknowledgement of the ...


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