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ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One

Read "S.O.S.: Looking for the Next One" reviewed by John Kelman

With more and more archival “finds" hitting the shelves--real or virtual--it's becoming increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Just because an old, long considered lost recording has resurfaced doesn't inherently make it worthy of release: sometimes the sound isn't up to snuff--though, if it's a stellar performance, that can sometimes be forgiven--but other ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

The Not So Strange and Bizarre Life of Mike Taylor

Read "The Not So Strange and Bizarre Life of Mike Taylor" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Composer-pianist, Mike Taylor, lies buried in a touchingly simple grave in a cemetery in Southend. His body was found on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex in January 1969. It was assumed that he had committed suicide. He was 30 years old and didn't leave much of a legacy--a couple of albums now highly prized, a ...

The Poppy Seed Affair

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2011
Track listing: CD1: 10:59; 11:52; 9:19; 9:54; 9:40; 11:35. CD2: Listen Collage: Cameos by Count Simon Bedoyere Stable, Mouseproof, Simon Sandwich, various records, Portobello Road sounds; Fractal One: Solo improvisation for electric guitar and effects foot pedals; Fractal Two: Solo improvisation for electric guitar and distortion box; Band In My Head: Dual tape loop for voice, guitar and radio sampling; The Team: Tape collage for Matchbox Purveyors theatricals.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

G. F. Fitz-Gerald & Lol Coxhill: The Poppy Seed Affair

Read "The Poppy Seed Affair" reviewed by Nic Jones

Guitarist G.F. Fitz-Gerald has always mapped out musical territory every bit as distinct as that of Derek Bailey or Hans Reichel, while Lol Coxhill is one of the most distinctive soprano saxophonists on the planet. They've worked as a duo for decades and this one-DVD/two-CD set straddles those decades with rare aplomb. The ...

Double Trouble

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2010
Track listing: CD1: Trunk Call; Tip of the Iceberg; Careful Driver; Duos / Dalbe 345; Bushman's Dance. CD2: Sierra Maestra; Loopin'; Frogs; Call the Devil. DVD: Abide With Me; Trunk Call; Call the Devil; And So Tibet.

Live at the Union 1966

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2010
Track listing: On; Ursula; Trane's Mood; Webster's Mood; Carolling; Hot Rod.

Radar Favourites

Label: Reel Recordings
Released: 2010
Track listing: Peggy Delaney's Hothouse Tinkers; Umbrella Walk; Trees and Tanks; Blues for Henry; Blastest.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dreamtime: Double Trouble

Read "Double Trouble" reviewed by Nic Jones

Reel Recordings has excelled in the business of audio restoration, as this 2CD/DVD set goes to show. On one level, Dreamtime is no more than a footnote in British jazz, but not only did the band feature some potent soloists, it was one of the few to bridge the divide between composed and free music with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Radar Favourites: Radar Favourites

Read "Radar Favourites" reviewed by Nic Jones

Full credit is due to Mike King and Reel Recordings for this exercise in historical reclamation. For a brief period back in the mid-1970s, Radar Favourites was a band with a pedigree. For one thing, it was saxophonist Geoff Leigh's first venture after his departure from Henry Cow, while guitarist G.F. Fitz-Gerald was responsible for the ...


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