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Mike Taylor

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Trio, Quartet & Composer Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2021
Track listing: All The Things You Are; Just A Blues; While My Lady Sleeps; The End Of A Love Affair; Two Autumns; Guru; Stella By Starlight; Abena; A Night In Tunisia; Passing The Time; Pressed Rat And Warthog; Those Were The Days.

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Article: Album Review

Various: Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)

Read "Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972)" reviewed by Chris May


As British jazz in 2021 reaches domestic and international audiences of unprecedented size, so record companies are being emboldened to open up their archives and reissue long-buried treasures. So, too, are new labels being formed to make available recordings which have not previously been released, but which have survived in the tape libraries of the musicians ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Erika Dohi, Moby, Wildflower, Hasan Ibn Ali & Other New Releases

Read "Erika Dohi, Moby, Wildflower, Hasan Ibn Ali & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Tributes, pianists, and tributes to pianists are the core of this show, from homages to Paul Jackson by John Patitucci, Ennio Morricone by Stefano Di Battista, Alice Coltrane by Il Sogno, and Hasan Ibn Ali by Brian Marsella to available-at-last music by Ali himself and by British pianist Mike Taylor, both as leader and composer for ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Taylor: Trio, Quartet & Composer Revisited

Read "Trio, Quartet & Composer Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


Historical context: Extracts from the diary of Ron Rubin, one of two bassists, the other being Jack Bruce, on Mike Taylor's Trio (Lansdowne, 1967).... “Saturday 18th February 1967. UFO, Tottenham Court Road. 'Giant Sun Trolley' Happening, opposite the Soft Machine etc. Mike spent the evening lying comatose, rigid and immobile in the middle of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Jazz in Britain: The Back Story

Read "Jazz in Britain: The Back Story" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz In Britain is a not-for-profit label that curates and releases previously unissued studio, performance and broadcast recordings made in the mid-1960s and '70s by the movers and shakers of the contemporary British jazz scene—proving along the way that the radical new wave jazz emanating from London in 2021 comes from a distinguished lineage.

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Article: Album Review

Neil Ardley & the New Jazz Orchestra: On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971

Read "On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Neil Ardley was a truly remarkable individual. As well as his work in jazz as a composer/band-leader/arranger, Neil was a scientific author with 101 books to his name, which sold over 10 million copies. I spoke to him once but, sadly, Ardley had died by the time I commenced work on my book on British jazz, ...

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Article: Album Review

New Jazz Orchestra: Camden '70

Read "Camden '70" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Colosseum toured with theNew Jazz Orchestra in 1970 but this is the first time that any records of that tour have surfaced. Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Tony Reeves featured in both bands. The New Jazz Orchestra recorded so little, that anything new is welcome. That it should be this good is an embarrassment of riches. ...

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Article: Album Review

New Jazz Orchestra: Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe

Read "Le Déjeuner Sur L’herbe" reviewed by Duncan Heining


I remember reading about this record in Melody Maker when it came out. These were all the people I admired in one band! Yet I never ever saw a copy until one day twenty years later in a record shop in Ipswich, I pulled this gem from the racks. £2.50! I couldn't believe the price or ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper

Read "Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond by Colin Harper" reviewed by Colin Harper


Exclusive extract adapted from Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond By Colin Harper. Published (UK and US) March 26, 2014 by Jawbone Press “British jazz is awash with young talent which, given a healthy set of circumstances and a fair share of work, could produce a generation of ...


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