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Keith Tippett

For over thirty years Keith Tippett has been at the forefront of contemporary European jazz and new music. In the late 1960s, Tippett led a sextet featuring Elton Dean on saxophone, Mark Charig on trumpet and Nick Evans on trombone. Tippett married singer Julie Driscoll and wrote scores for TV. In the early 1970s, his big band Centipede brought together much of a generation of young British jazz and rock musicians. As well as performing some concerts (limited economically by the size of the band), they recorded one double-album, Septober Energy. He formed, with Harry Miller and Louis Moholo a formidable rhythm section at the centre of some of the most exciting combinations in the country, including the Elton Dean quartet, and Elton Dean's Ninesense

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Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward

Read "Keith Tippett: 100 Best Foots Forward" reviewed by Duncan Heining

From the Albert Hall at twenty-two with a fifty-piece band to picking potatoes to make ends meet a decade later, Keith Tippett's life in music could sum up many a jazz career. After a grim '80s, things now look better for the composer, pianist and bandleader. “What I'm about to say is ridiculous but it was ...

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Keith Tippett: R.I.P.

Read "Keith Tippett: R.I.P." reviewed by Duncan Heining

Keith Tippett's death on Sunday, 14th June 2020 robbed British and European music of one of its finest talents. The death on any musician of even minor significance often leads many critics reaching for the Thesaurus and tripping over their adjectives in a head-rush of hyperbole. In Keith's case, the simple phrase--"one of music's finest talents"--cuts ...

The Unlonely Raindancer

Label: Discus Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Tortworth Oak (first version); The Unlonely Raindancer; Thank You God For My Wife And Children; The Muted Melody; Steel Yourself / The Bell, The Gong, The Voice; Dear Ireland; The Pool; Tortworth Oak (second version); Midnight Snow Walk.

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Genius Loci, Festival di Santa Croce a Firenze

Read "Genius Loci, Festival di Santa Croce a Firenze" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Genius Loci Firenze Complesso Monumentale di Santa Croce 26-28.9.2019 Terza edizione della manifestazione multidisciplinare fiorentina che mira alla riscoperta e alla valorizzazione del complesso architettonico di Santa Croce, del quale stavolta erano utilizzati due chiostri e il cenacolo. Come gli altri anni il programma affiancava interventi artistici e contributi parlati (la ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Gianni Lenoci, madrelingua jazz

Read "Gianni Lenoci, madrelingua jazz" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

La sera di lunedì 30 settembre, dopo breve malattia, è scomparso Gianni Lenoci, pianista, compositore, didatta, teorico, intellettuale tra i più originali e prestigiosi del nostro Paese. Non era forse un nome molto conosciuto al grande pubblico, Gianni, vuoi per il rigore artistico che lo portava a non confondere mai l'arte con l'intrattenimento, vuoi per la ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ill Considered: 6

Read "6" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The London-based quartet, Ill Considered, has churned out nine full-length albums in less than two years, each high quality and each a unique jazz creation. Founded in 2017, saxophonist Idris Rahman, drummer Emre Ramazanoglu and bassist Leon Brichard replaced their additional percussionist with Satin Singh on their second release, Live at the Crypt (Self Produced, 2017). ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Keith Tippett: The Unlonely Raindancer

Read "The Unlonely Raindancer" reviewed by Matt Parker

Some people find that solo piano albums, no matter how highly regarded they may be, struggle to hold their attention for a full listen. This can often be attributed to the relatively small timbral palette apparently available to pianists. However, nothing could be further from the truth regarding the extraordinary performances of Keith Tippett documented in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

King Crimson: Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972

Read "Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972" reviewed by John Kelman

"Never say never," or so the old adage goes. When it comes to music, there are two more that should be added: “farewell tour" and, most certainly as it relates to King Crimson's Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972, “the complete recordings." This, the 48th in the veteran group's King Crimson Collector's Club series of archival ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

Read "Live Drummers From Old York: The Yamato Drummers Of Japan, Ensemble Bash & Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers" reviewed by Martin Longley

The Yamato Drummers Of Japan Grand Opera House February 18, 2019 The Yamato Drummers Of Japan tour regularly, a less august crew when compared to the old guard Kodō clan, more attuned to a modernised visual sense that makes their relationship with the taiko form less hardcore. Not that their ...


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