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Phil Seamen

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head

Read "Rahsaan Roland Kirk: An Alternative Top Ten Albums Guaranteed To Bend Your Head" reviewed by Chris May


Jazz musicians are rarely called shamanistic but the description fits Rahsaan Roland Kirk precisely. Clad in black leather trousers and heavy duty shades (he was blind from the age of two), a truckload of strange looking horns strung round his neck—two or three of which he often played simultaneously--twisting, shaking and otherwise contorting his body, stamping ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott Quintet: Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form

Read "Abstract/Southern Horizons/Free Form" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Swing Low, Sweet Harriott I don't think Joe Harriott's entire catalogue has ever been available at one time. Even in his heyday in the sixties, much of the 1950s material was unavailable. From the seventies onwards, things got really dire. Now that so much is out of copyright, Harriott's work is increasingly being reissued ...

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Article: Interview

Coleridge Goode: 100 Not Out!

Read "Coleridge Goode: 100 Not Out!" reviewed by Duncan Heining


To celebrate the 100th birthday of Jamaican-born bassist Coleridge Goode, All About Jazz publishes Duncan Heining's 2012 interview with Goode. A remarkable man and musician, the bassist connects aspects of British jazz from the 1930s through the war years and on through the fifties, sixties and seventies. He played with Caribbean-born and black British jazz pioneers ...

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Article: Live Review

Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at Yoshi's

Read "Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion at Yoshi's" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion Yoshis Oakland , CA June 15, 2014 Dedicated. Stubborn. Outspoken. Perspicacious. These are some of the descriptions which come to mind when considering the personality and legacy of legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Baker first came to prominence as a member of the rock power ...

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Article: Profile

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

Read "Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...

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Article: Profile

Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?

Read "Will The Real Joe Harriott Please Stand Up?" reviewed by Duncan Heining


The Jamaican saxophhonist Joe Harriott was, without doubt, one of the most important and innovative jazz musicians to emerge in Britain in the fifties and early sixties. He arrived in Britain in 1951 with Ozzie Da Costa's band, which was en route for an engagement in Germany playing US army bases. Much to his erstwhile boss's ...

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Seamen's Mission

Label: Proper Box UK
Released: 2011
Track listing: CD1 (Kick Off): The Champ; Kick Off; Spain; Treble Gold; I.P.A. Special; Opus De Funk; Lullaby in Rhythm; Milestones; Swingin' In Studio Two; I Could Write A Book; Jump For Joe; Haitian Ritual; One Four; Five Four; Bongo Chant; Cherokee; Out of Nowhere. CD2 (Big Top): Just Goofin'; Blues Original; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; Formation; Abstract; Seamen's Mission; S'Il Vous Plait; Jordu; Bang; A Night In Tunisia; The Big Fist; What Goes?; Monsoon; Bird's Last Flight; Big Top; Maenya; Blues In Two Modes. CD3 (Wail): Jackpot; You Are My Heart's Delight; The Minor and the Major; Wilbert's Tune; Wail; Wailing Wall; Butch; Yardbird Suite; Scrapple From The Apple; Bluebird; Get Up. CD4 (Free): Main Title (Nowhere To Go); The Escape and Chase; Free; Boo Bah; IfThis Isn't Love; Easy To Love; Whisper Not; Autumn Leaves; Too Close For Comfort; Yesterdays; Love Walked In; Like Someone In Love; The Surrey With The Fringe On Top; Sunny Monday; Unidentified 32-bar Theme.

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Article: Album Review

Joe Harriott: The Joe Harriott Story

Read "The Joe Harriott Story" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Almost 40 years after his death in 1973 at just 44 years of age, Joe Harriott's talent, imagination and impact on the development of jazz in Britain are gaining greater recognition than ever. Indeed, The Joe Harriott Story, an exceptional 4-disc box set of music from the alto saxophonist, is both a reflection of this belated ...

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Article: Album Review

Phil Seamen: Seamen's Mission

Read "Seamen's Mission" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


British jazz has produced many great players whose fame never came close to matching their talent. One such was the mercurial drummer Phil Seamen. Seamen's Mission a splendid 4-CD box set in the Proper Box series, is a great reminder of Seamen's skills across a range of ensembles from big bands to trios, from swing to ...


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