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Mike Westbrook

Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession of groups, notably his 1960s Sextet and Concert Band, his Brass Band, formed in the mid 70s, the jazz rock group Solid Gold Cadillac and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra. He has toured extensively throughout Europe, and as far afield as Australia and the Far East, Canada and New York. He has directed performances of his work with big bands in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and Australia

Starcross Bridge

Label: Hat Hut Records
Released: 2019
Track listing:
Chapter One: My Song Is Love Unknown; Starcross Bridge; 'Round Midnight; Because; Brazilian Love Songs; Johnny Come Lately; Monk’s Mood.
Chapter Two: I Got It Bad – And That Ain’t Good; View from the Drawbridge; You Make Me Feel Brand Now; If Thou Must Love Me;
Chapter Three: Blues for Terenzi; Rooster Rabelais;
Postscript: L’amoroso e sincero lindoro.

Catania

Label: Westbrook Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD 1: Introductions; View from the Drawbridge; Love and Understanding; Tender Love; Leñador; Song of the Rain; Factotum al Bebop. CD 2: I See Thy Form; I.D.M.A.T; Lush Life; South from Toulouse; Long John Brown; Surabaya Johnny; Band introductions; Alabamasong; The Topers’ Rant

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

Read "Catania" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A major figure in British jazz since the late 1950s, composer-pianist Mike Westbrook continues to write, perform and record at a rate of knots which would leave contenders half his 83 years on the ropes. Four albums since 2016, including--after a gap of forty years—not one but two solo piano recordings, are testament to the creative ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cartoon: Change Of Meaning

Read "Change Of Meaning" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Confront Recording's Collectors Series is distinguished by the packaging of its CDs which arrive in a DVD sized metal box. Rather than any cover art, there are instead simple stickers affixed to the front and rear denoting the artist, title and track names. The CD itself quaintly replicates the grooves and track markers of a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mike Westbrook: Starcross Bridge

Read "Starcross Bridge" reviewed by Vic Albani

Sia ringraziato il cielo per avere tra noi un musicista come l'inglese Mike Westbrook e un intelligente discografico come lo svizzero Werner Uehlinger. Il primo per avere rifondato e fatto germogliare tutto il new jazz britannico, il secondo per avere dato la possibilità a decine e decine di musicisti di esprimersi come forse non avrebbero potuto ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

Jazz Musician of the Day: Mike Westbrook

All About Jazz is celebrating Mike Westbrook's birthday today! Born in High Wycombe in 1936, Mike Westbrook grew up in Torquay and was educated at Kelly College, Tavistock. He formed his first band while studying painting in Plymouth in 1958, moving to London in the early 1960s. He has led and composed for a succession of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo

Read "The Uncommon Orchestra di Mike Westbrook al Teatro Golden di Palermo" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

The Uncommon Orchestra --Mike Westbrook Nomos Jazz Teatro Golden Palermo 16-11-2018 Giunto all'ottava edizione, Nomos Jazz ha ormai assunto il ruolo guida nella programmazione del jazz internazionale in Sicilia. Lo testimoniano i tre cartelloni della sua stagione concertistica 2018/2019, che faranno di Palermo una delle capitali europee della musica. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Darrell Katz and the JCA Orchestra: Rats Live on No Evil Star

Read "Rats Live on No Evil Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Listening to Darrell Katz's music, it boggles the mind that he is not celebrated as one of the best jazz composers-arrangers around. He has been creating ambitious and accessible works full of humor, social conscience and creativity for decades in the Boston area with the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra and other groups, yet you rarely hear ...


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