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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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Mike Osborne: Force Of Nature - Part 2-2

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Part 1 | Part 2 The passion and conviction of Osborne's playing was so intense that it almost always came across undiminished on recordings, whether they originated in a pub, club or concert-hall gig, or in a studio as part of a formal session. Some of his most exciting work was captured in front ...

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Julie Tippetts: Didn't You Used To Be Julie Driscoll?

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The respect in which Julie Tippetts is held by her fellow musicians and fans is truly heartening--and truly deserved. Back in the late sixties, then Julie Driscoll, she gave up a very different career trajectory in music, one that had begun with Steampacket and continued with Brian Auger & The Trinity, to follow a journey characterised ...

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Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)

Read "Barry Guy: A Prophet is Not without Honour (Part 2)" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Barry Guy has been the artistic director and main composer of the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra throughout its now forty-five year history. Recordings and performances since Ode in 1972 have been sporadic but those forty-five years have resulted in eleven albums (including one with Anthony Braxton) ...

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Delta Saxophone Quartet e Gwilym Simcock al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

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Delta Saxophone Quartet feat. Gwilym Simcock Aperitivo in Concerto Teatro Manzoni Milano -30.11.2014 Ma cosa c'entrano i King Crimson con il jazz? Siamo sinceri, poco o nulla. Se non fosse forse per la fortissima inclinazione all'improvvisazione che il gruppo guidato da Robert Fripp ha sempre avuto sin dalle sue origini ...

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Label: Tzadik
Released: 2010

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Soft Heap: Soft Heap

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None of the four gentlemen pictured standing on a London street in the booklet for this one are with us anymore, but their brand of music is a perfect antidote to somber reflection. Recorded in 1978 by a quartet of stalwarts from the likes of Soft Machine, Hatfield And The North and Gilgamesh, the music is ...

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Command All Stars: Curiosities 1972

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That infinite moment with which a lot of the music AAJ covers is preoccupied is amplified here, rife with a depth which far outstrips the casual manner in which the music came together. Afforded the relative luxury of three days of studio time in February 1972, some of that time's most creative individuals on the British ...


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