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When he was 15, Phil Minton started trumpet lessons in his home town and then, between 1959 and 1961 played with the Brian Waldron Quintet, the resident group at Torquay Town Hall supporting such acts as the Ted Heath Orchestra and B Bumble and the Stingers. On moving to London he played trumpet and sang with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra but in 1964 /65 undertook a residency in Los Palmas, Canary Islands, singing and playing trumpet with the English group Jonston Macphilbry. From 1966 he lived in Sweden for five years. On returning to London in 1971, Phil Minton re-joined Mike Westbrook and was involved in many of his projects up to 1990, touring extensively in Europe and playing at major festivals including Adelaide, Edinburgh, New York, Strasbourg and Berlin. In 1974 Phil Minton began working with experimental theatre groups such as Welfare State and IOU, formed the vocal group Voice with Maggie Nicols and Julie Tippetts in 1975, and from 1976 through the early 1980s he worked solo and in a number of improvising duos with Fred Frith, Roger Turner, Peter Brötzmann and with Günter Christmann's Vario project, touring extensively in Europe and to Russia, the USA and Australia

Article: Album Review

Sergio Armaroli: I Dream I Was An European

Read "I Dream I Was An European" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Un disco a suo modo “perfetto," questo di Sergio Armaroli, che si circonda di abituali e splendidi collaboratori come Giancarlo Schiaffini e Roger Turner, vi aggiunge un monumento dell'improvvisazione come Phil Minton, e con loro esegue nove sue composizioni nelle quali l'improvvisazione la fa da padrona. La “perfezione" sta soprattutto nelle individualità, anzi nei ...


I Dream I Was An European

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Path - Divorsion; Bullett - Inher; Shot - Fingures; Dream I Was A Laysure; Flight - Isires Sea; Song - Landscape; Wing - Pseudostylic; I Dream I Was An European; Future - Diasporation.


Scatter: On A Clear Day Like This

Label: 577 Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: On A Clear Day; Like This.



Label: FMR Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: First set: Roi 3; Second set: Roi 4.


Article: Album Review

Ute Wassermann: Strange Songs

Read "Strange Songs" reviewed by John Eyles

Although it was recorded in 2015, at Studioboerne45 Berlin, it took several years for Strange Songs to see the light of day. The album sleeve dates its release as 2022, but its arrival on vinyl and its launch event did not happen until July 2023, marked by two well-attended Ute Wassermann performances at Café Oto in ...


Article: Album Review

Phil Minton / Pat Thomas / Dave Tucker / Roger Turner: Scatter: On A Clear Day Like This

Read "Scatter: On A Clear Day Like This" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded on the first night of a Pat Thomas residency at north London's Cafe Oto, On A Clear Day Like This by the collective Scatter demonstrates the breadth of the pianist's artistry, following as it did an opening set of Duke Ellington tunes. Aside from Thomas, who founded the group in 1992 and performs on piano ...


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A Varied Selection Of New Releases

Read "A Varied Selection Of New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show a varied selection of new releases from Jane Ira Bloom Mark Helias & Bobby Previte, Phil Minton, Pat Thomas, Dave Tucker & Roger Turner--Scatter, Chembo Corniel, Roy McGrath, Fella Cederbaum, Greenhouse Ensemble, Nick Maclean Quartet, Michael Sarian & Matthew Putman, and, Ally Fiola & The Next Quest featuring Jeff Coffin.Playlist Show ...


Article: Album Review

King Übü Örchestrü 2021: Roi

Read "Roi" reviewed by John Eyles

The large improvising ensemble King Übü Örchestrü first saw the light of day when they recorded their debut album, Music Is Music Is (Uhlklang, 1985) in Akademie der Künste, Berlin, in December 1984. It was a sign of the times that their trumpeter Mark Charig was prevented from going to Berlin for the recording. But, with ...


Article: In Pictures

Jazz Cerkno 2022

Read "Jazz Cerkno 2022" reviewed by Ziga Koritnik

A collection of photos from the Jazz Cerkno 2022 Festival in Cerkno (Slovenia) from May 19, 2022 to May 21, 2022 featuring TiTiTi, Binker Golding, Moses Boyd, Max Luthert, Joanna Duda Trio, Phil Minton, Szilárd Mezei, Bostjan Gombac, Paal Nilssen-Love CIRCUS, Musician Name, Brandon Seabrook Trio, There Be Monsters, Black Flower, Mario Rom INTERZONE, Robert Jukic ...


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