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Michael Gibbs

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Mike Gibbs - composer, arranger and trombonist has worked with many music luminaries, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Narada Michael Walden, Michael Mantler, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, Bill Frisell. Born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), he grew up playing trombone and piano and was awarded scholarships to attend Lenox School of Jazz and Tanglewood Summer School, where he studied with Gunther Schuller, George Russell, J.J.Johnson, Lukas Foss, and Iannis Xenakis. Having graduated from Berklee College of Music with diploma in Arranging and Composition in 1962, he moved to the U.K

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present

Read "Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show on jazz orchestras and big bands begins and ends with Duke Ellington. In between, it includes Michael Gibbs, Count Basie, the Either/Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill, George Russell and several others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Focus On Frisell Plus New Releases

Read "A Focus On Frisell Plus New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


Guitar maestro Bill Frisell is featured on two albums this week. Firstly a 2015 release from Michael Gibbs & The NDR Big Band who perform a Frisell setlist. Secondly, on the new album from Ches Smith. There are also new album releases from Out To Dinner, Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias, Ariane Racicot, and, the ...

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Article: Album Review

Nucleus: Nucleus Live at the BBC

Read "Nucleus Live at the BBC" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Dio salvi la regina. E la BBC. L'emittente di stato britannica ha capito fin da subito che da quelle belle energie musicali, che spuntavano come l'erba di Hyde Park sotto al tiepido sole di quelle latitudini, passavano le scelte esistenziali e culturali delle nuove generazioni e sin dagli anni sessanta ha dato ampio spazio alla musica, ...

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Article: Album Review

Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet: Blue Beginnings

Read "Blue Beginnings" reviewed by Chris May


Summer 2021 is proving to be the summer British jazz delved into its mid 1960s through mid 1970s album back catalogue and previously unreleased tape archive, with both major and specialist labels such as Jazz In Britain joining in the party. The spur to action is, of course, the new and unprecedented popularity of British jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Ed Puddick / The Upper Austrian Jazz Orchestra: Crazy Days

Read "Crazy Days" reviewed by Chris May


The opener / title track of this album could well be taken to refer to Britain's 2016 referendum on whether or not to remain in or leave the European Union, for the disc's second half, and its main event, is composer Ed Puddick's thirty-five minute “The Brexit Suite." In fact, Puddick was thinking about something else ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Gibbs: Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes

Read "Revisiting Tanglewood 63: The Early Tapes" reviewed by Chris May


With British jazz in 2021 in better shape than ever before, record companies are being emboldened to revisit their tape libraries and reissue historic but long deleted albums. At the same time, recently formed specialist labels such as Jazz In Britain are making available club and radio broadcast recordings which have never been released before. The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 1

Read "The Bill Frisell Songbook: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Every generation has a number of defining musicians who stand out for their innovations and distinctive voices. For us growing up musically in the 1980s and 1990s and interested in forward looking music, Bill Frisell is one of these foundational figures. His instrumental style is certainly unique and has shaped the way the following generations have ...

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Article: Interview

John Scofield: One For Swallow

Read "John Scofield: One For Swallow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


From time to time in his storied career John Scofield will take a look over his shoulder and re-examine some of the music that has fed into his own, personal brand of jazz. The influences are many, for no matter the context that Scofield engineers, his distinctive sound always carries something of the blues, a little ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz on the Moon

Read "Jazz on the Moon" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


On 20 July 1969, while Herbie Mann was over the figurative moon, because his Memphis Underground was the best selling jazz album in the country, the man was landing on the actual moon (apologies for the gender insensitivity here but otherwise the pun won't work...). What a day! 50 years later we celebrate the ...


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