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John Surman

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Born in Tavistock, Devon in 1944, composer/multi-instrumentalist John Surman is one of the key figures in a generation of European musicians who have crucially expanded the international horizons of jazz during the past thirty years or so. Long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, Surman has also composed a body of work which extends far beyond the normal range of the jazz repertoire. Already, by the late 60s, it was clear that Surman was a phenomenon. He started out as a teenager playing the music of fellow Devonian Mike Westbrook, and then amazed the London establishment with displays of extravagant instrumental proficiency combined with a passionate, rumbustious imagination. As a soloist, Surman's early career took shape in the melting pot that produced a number of fine British musicians during the 60s

Album

Words Unspoken

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Pebble Dance; Words Unspoken; Graviola; Flower in Aspic; Precipice; Around the Edges; Onich Ceilidh; Belay That; Bitter Aloe; Hawksmoor.

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Oan Kim, The Leaping Fish Trio, Rob Luft, Flat Earth Society & More

Read "Oan Kim, The Leaping Fish Trio, Rob Luft, Flat Earth Society & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Enjoy a playlist featuring a tribute to Lou Reed, two projects featuring British guitarist Rob Luft and the masterful exercises in noir by Oan Kim & Dirty Jazz, Max Nagl, and Flat Earth Society.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 The Leaping Fish Trio “NYC ...

Article: Album Review

John Surman: Words Unspoken

Read "Words Unspoken" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Giunto alla soglia degli 80 anni, che compirà in Agosto, e con alle spalle oltre mezzo secolo di attività professionale che ha prodotto una discografia imponente e importante sia in termini di quantità che di qualità, il sassofonista britannico John Surman aggiunge un'altra gemma luminosa al ricco catalogo delle sue opere, in gran parte documentato sulla ...

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Amy Aileen Wood, Rob Luft, Yilian Cañizares, John Surman & More

Read "Amy Aileen Wood, Rob Luft, Yilian Cañizares, John Surman & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The remarkable debut album by Amy Aileen Wood and other genre-defying gems by Alexander Claffy and Yilian Cañizares, three albums featuring Rob Luft and more “Monk by Carlberg" should give you plenty to enjoy in this playlist!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Alexander Claffy ...

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New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More

Read "New Releases From Gordon Grdina, John Surman, Moppa Elliott , And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On the show we feature two tracks from the new album from John Surman . There are also dual releases from Moppa Elliott and Gordon Grdina. Other featured albums are from Diego Rivera, Albert Vila, Tim Berne's Sunny Five, Ada Rovatti, Cliff Korman, Guillaume Gargaud and Eero Savela, Mary Halvorson, and Brian Dickinson.Playlist Show ...

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John Surman: Words Unspoken

Read "Words Unspoken" reviewed by Joshua Weiner


Englishman John Surman has been one of jazz's most important reedmen since his debut album on the progressive Deram label in 1969. From the start, on classic albums such as John McLaughlin's Extrapolation, Surman displayed a unique voice on the baritone sax, soprano sax, and bass clarinet, sometimes adding electronics to the mix. Since his first ...

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John Surman: Words Unspoken

Read "Words Unspoken" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Hypnotic and many of its antonyms--stimulating, arousing, reviving--are old school hyperbole which very often separates the hack from the veteran of critical science. But sometimes those everyday words are exactly what need to be said to tell of music unlike everyday and most others. Words Unspoken is just that. Blowing free and unhindered since ...

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Francesco Chiapperini: Trasmigration

Read "Trasmigration" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Riprendendo lo spirito con cui nel 2022, con We3, aveva omaggiato non agiograficamente The Trio di John Surman, adesso Francesco Chiapperini, proprio come il sassofonista inglese, amplia il proprio organico e va a rileggere la lezione di Conflagration, storico album del 1971. La formazione è meno ampia di quella messa assieme allora da Surman, ma è ...

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Electric Jazz with Joe Zawinul, Courtney Pine and Others

Read "Electric Jazz with Joe Zawinul, Courtney Pine and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This is a special vintage show from December 2021 on the role of electricity in jazz, and the resulting fusions with other genres like ambient music, jazz-rock, and trip-hop. Musicians heard on the show include Joe Zawinul, Sun Ra, Courtney Pine, John Zorn, Massive Attack, and Terje Rypdal. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't ...


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