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Mike Westbrook

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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

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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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Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra: Tales from the Jacquard

Read "Tales from the Jacquard" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'eredità orchestrale britannica, rappresentata dagli eclettici lavori di Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Django Bates e Colin Towns, si rinnova in questo brillante debutto da bandleader di Julian Siegel. Nato a Nottingham 55 anni fa, Siegel è uno dei massimi sassofonisti del Regno Unito, leader di un quartetto e sideman in molte formazioni orchestrali: da ...

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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 ...

News: Birthday

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: Book Review

La rivoluzione di Joe Harriott nel jazz britannico, tra guerra fredda e spy stories

Read "La rivoluzione di Joe Harriott nel jazz britannico, tra guerra fredda e spy stories" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Subversion Through Jazz—The Birth of British Progressive Jazz in a Cold War Climate Matt Parker 286 pagine ISBN: #978-1-9163206-3-5 Jazz In Britain 2020 Nei primi anni sessanta è stato il sassofonista giamaicano Joe Harriott a condurre il jazz britannico nella sua fase adulta, sganciata dai modelli del New ...

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Article: Year in Review

Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Jerome Wilson's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


2020 was a wretched year in many respects. In the jazz world alone, a number of musicians succumbed to COVID-19 and live performance almost became non-existent. Despite all that there were still a lot of stimulating and excellent recordings released in the past year. Here is a list of my personal best. Some reflected the issues ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May


Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s ...

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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.

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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


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