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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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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.

Album

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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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 ...

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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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