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  1. Graham Collier - Down Another Road Mike Westbrook - Metropolis Nucleus - Solar Plexus Harry Beckett - Flare Up Tubby Hayes - Mexican Green Keith Tippett - Dedicated to You But you Weren't Listening John Surman - The Trio New Jazz Orchestra - Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe John McLaughlin - Extrapolation Alan Skidmore - TCB This selection spans the five year period 1967-1971. I can remember most, if not all the music from these British jazz albums. Ask me to remember the music from 10 British jazz albums from the period 1977-1981 or subsequent years and I cannot. I think this is partially due to coincidences of extraordinary talent and serendipity more than anything else. Also they were just more memorable and, dare I say, better or more original? (runs for cover ).
  2. Norma Winstone - Edge of Time

    Reissued for January 2014! - NORMA WINSTONE – ‘EDGE OF TIME’ (Dusk Fire Records; DUSKCD108) "One of the most individual releases from the heyday of modern British jazz is reissued on the Dusk Fire label this January (2014) in the shape of Norma Winstone’s 1972 solo debut ‘Edge of Time’. Although she began her career in 1965 singing jazz standards, her exploration of the use of voice took Norma to experimentalism and the evolvement of a wordless approach to improvisation that she was to make distinctively her own. Voted top singer in Melody Maker’s 1971 Jazz Poll, Norma recorded this, her first album, for release the following year on Decca’s Argo label. Featuring the cream of modern British jazz talent including Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Frank Ricotti, Tony Levin, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Art Themen, Gary Boyle, Chris Pyne, Chris Laurence, John Surman and John Taylor, ‘Edge of Time’ is to this day a startlingly original work not least in its deployment of her extraordinary vocal styling". This was available for a while as a CD reissue on the Spanish Disconforme label but will now be getting the excellent Dusk Fire treatment with photos and extra notes and is a terrific album.
  3. Caravan recommendations?

    I would agree with the above sentiments. For me "If" and "Grey" are the ones I would go for, "Plump" isn't bad and I haven't heard "Waterloo" (not sure why) but the two Hatfield albums with Richard Sinclair would be the albums to go for next. Those elevate the Caravan sound to a different level.
  4. Real Gone Jazz sets

    Some of these Russell albums [to my shame] I'd never even heard of let alone heard before I saw this bargain basement box. Listening to these now I am much more inclined to buy the individually produced, premium products, when they become available and then ditch the box, since I really hate the track multi-stacking aspect. So as a method of sampling the music, these box sets do have an upside.
  5. Real Gone Jazz sets

    I bought the George Russell seven classic albums for approximately a sixth of the price all seven would have cost individually. The packaging is basic but at least gives personnel details. I found the sound quality acceptable but the seven albums are merged onto four CDs, so there is some "overspill" of albums onto two separate CDs, but you get what you pay for.
  6. Brit-jazz anorak question

    I discovered on my "Ronnie Scott and the Band Live at Ronnie Scott's" CD reissue (Song BMG 2007 - 88697072392) one of four bonus tracks entitled "May Day" (attributed to Ronnie himself). This buzzed around in my head for a week or so until I realised I had heard it before and fished out my CD of "Acropolis" by Ian Hamer. Sure enough the first track on CD 2 is "Mayday!" (sic) attributed to Ian Hamer. But essentially, apart from a different brief intro on the Hamer recording, they are the same tune. Does anyone know anything about the provenance of this track? Are there any other recordings of it? I should point out that it's an extremely insistent track which will imprint itself quite ruthlessly in one's mind, so beware! I should also mention that both these albums are excellent and I consider essential for any British jazz fans. Ronnie's one benefiting from the likes of John Surman and Tony Oxley whilst Ian Hamer's has the fire-power of Tubby Hayes and both albums feature the magnificent bass work of Ron Mathewson. Can someone add anything to this? Help! Mayday!
  7. Brit-jazz anorak question

    Including a very rare reading of a Kenny Wheeler number from Windmill Tilter, Sweet Dulcinea Blue.
  8. Brit-jazz anorak question

    Clifford, not sure if iTunes "translates" globally (as doesn't Amazon) but on my iTunes store there are two versions of this album, one with the four bonus tracks and one with only the original seven tracks. You have to type in "Ronnie Scott and the Band" rather than merely "Ronnie Scott" to find them. Also, you could just download the four bonus tracks and they are very good. As Simon has confirmed, Mayday was Ian Hamer's tune and he wrote some good ones as evidenced by his Acropolis album.
  9. I attended a free event (EFG London Jazz Festival-related to the next day's 'Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Note' gig at the Royal Festival Hall) with Richard Havers at the achingly hip Ace Hotel in Shoreditch(*), London on Friday (21 November) where he was interviewed about Uncompromising Expression by Jazz FM DJ Chris Philips. After this some of the actual stars of Blue Note, including Robert Glasper, came on to be interviewed. When the event had finished I went and had a look at the book Havers had been promoting, but it was still shrink-wrapped, so he kindly unwrapped it. I was actually amazed at the genuinely "lavishly illustrated" content. Despite being a 400 page hardback its in a format that makes it at least easy to handle and, more importantly, read unlike some "coffee table" books. This is definitely on my Christmas list. On Amazon (UK) at the moment for £31 instead of the cover price of £48. (*) incidentally and tangentially but not so unrelated, the ultra modern Ace Hotel which boasts Martin guitars and Rega turntables in some bedrooms(!), now also contains a new Sister Ray record shop selling only vinyl.
  10. An excellent review of this concert has just been published at the London Jazz website here: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2014/11/review-dedication-orchestra-at-queen.html and gives the full personnel details
  11. Howard Riley CBS reissues

    For those who missed the original Sony reissues of these two classic Columbia releases, Hux Records have now got them both on a two-fer with new liner notes. Howard Riley's 'Angle' and 'The Day Will Come' are exceptionally good albums and received four star awards in the Penguin Guide to Jazz. These were two of pianist Riley's earliest trio recordings from the 1960s and whilst hardly "mainstream" are arguably more (instantly) accessible, before he moved into more solo work. Riley's a great pianist and innovator and these are two of his very best. Release imminent - end November or beginning December. http://www.huxrecords.com/cdsales141.htm Edit: Angle was 1969 and the Day Will Come was 1970, also Barbara Thompson guests on one track on Angle.
  12. Yes Claude Deppa was listed on the QEH website as one of the participants. I also would like to know who the trombonist doing all the stuff with the mute was - real touch of the George Chisholms there ;-)
  13. I was there too Bev! Sorry we didn't meet up. A terrific concert and as I was sitting in the back row but one I only identified around 2/3 of the musicians. I think I saw Chris Biscoe and definitely saw Julian Arguelles and Mark Lockheart in the horn section and also Chris Batchelor on trupet. Also thought I might have glimpsed Mark Charig but only as they all left the stage! I think Clevaland Watkiss was one of the four vocalists in the back row. Really great concert and probably my gig of the year.
  14. Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe!

    At long last the brilliant Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe recorded in 1968 by the New Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of the late Neil Ardley is being re-issued for the first time on CD. This classic recording features Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Dave Gelly, Harry Beckett, Mike Gibbs, Derek Watkins, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Barbara Thompson, Frank Ricotti, Jack Bruce (on double bass!) and Jon Hiseman, amongst others. The Dusk Fire release (DUSKCD110) is superbly packaged in digipak format with a booklet of photographs and extensive sleeve notes by Dave Gelly and others. It has been described in an extended article on the recording as “One of the finest jazz recordings ever made and arguably the best big band recording by British musicians …” (Jazz Journal February 2012)(*). It has a 1,000 CD limited run, so get your order in now! It's released on 6 January 2015. Track listing: Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe Naïma Angle Ballad Dusk Fire Nardis Study Rebirth (*) ok, declaration of interest here...I was the author of that article!
  15. Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe!

    Clifford you took the words right out of my mouth - a very apposite description. Miles' 'Nardis' is something else - the definitive version IMO
  16. Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe!

    It's now on the Dusk Fire website catalogue and can be ordered direct from there:- http://www.musicsogood.com/duskfire/catalogue.htm
  17. Goodbye Acker

    Any idea where I might be able to pick up a copy of this on CD at a reasonable price, Roger? Amazon has some second hand CD copies but at quite a price. It is an excellent album though.
  18. Goodbye Acker

    Arguably Acker's most significant album was a meeting of the mouldy fygges and the dirty boppers in the middle ground of mainstream inspired by Ellington. 'Blue Acker' (With the Stan Tracey Big Brass) from 1968 was an album recorded with the cream of British jazz at that time (1968). A memorable album, it was thankfully reissued on CD by Lake a few years back. Ian Carr, who played on the album, also wrote the sleeve notes which are made available in full on Stan's web site: http://www.stantracey.com/LinerNotes/BlueAcker.htm R.I.P. Acker
  19. Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe!

    Dealing with the points above in order. I am not aware of an impending vinyl release for this, but it isn't impossible as I seem to remember this did happen with Rendell Carr Live at the Union but sadly this was not a Dusk Fire release. It may well happen, but there is no mention of this in the press release I've seen. Also, with regard to the release and availability, again the press release states the date as 6 January but on Amazon it says 5 January. So some ambiguity there, but rest assured this is going to happen definitely, at the very start of January. No mention on the Dusk Fire website yet but again, I'm sure that will be amended quite shortly. It will be worth the wait.
  20. Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe!

    Same here too but - this deserved to be officially re-issued years ago. Now thankfully it is. No vinyl, but some original used vinyl copies do re-emerge from time to time commanding ridiculous prices.
  21. Kenny Wheeler 1930-2014

    The memorial service for Kenny was appropriately brilliant. A stellar line-up with the cream of British jazz including Evan Parker, John Taylor, Dave Horler, John Marshall, Martin France and Chris Laurence and Stan Sulzmann. There were eulogies, all very moving and highly personal tributes from Stan Sulzmann, Evan Parker, Dave Horler and John Taylor. Norma Winstone was in fine voice throughout and there were some notable solos from Henry Lowther, John Paricelli, John Taylor and Stan Sulzmann to name just a few. The service lasted two hours with much more music than prayer and I suspect the church (St James, Sussex Gardens in London's Lancaster Gate area) hadn't seen such a capacity audience since Christmas. The music - all Kenny Wheeler pieces, naturally, with the emphasis on larger ensembles - was sublime (no other word for it) and illustrated perfectly the genius that was Kenny Wheeler. The concert ended with a vocal piece by the London Vocal Project led by Pete Churchill which was remarkably effective. Finally and most movingly, the service concluded with a poignant recording of Kenny playing a terrific solo, the notes of which reached far up into the roof. This was a fitting tribute to a much-loved and highly respected jazz musician whose many works will live on.
  22. Vic Ash RIP

    A nice obituary for Vic by Peter Vacher appears in the Guardian here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/31/vic-ash I too met Vic at one of Simon's gigs and was impressed by his charm and modesty and obviously his prodigious talent. R.I.P. Vic.
  23. Jack Bruce

    Jack Bruce was a pivotal influence on me musically. I always thought his first solo albums for Polydor were amazingly good and particularly Things We Like [this was a 'pure' and instrumental jazz album, with Bruce playing double bass, so was only released after the other two solo albums despite having been recorded earlier]. His contributions to Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill were immense. His contributions to albums by Mike Gibbs, Tony Williams Lifetime and the New Jazz Orchestra (Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe) were essential. I only saw him playing twice, once with Nucleus in London in the early 1970s and then much later at the tribue gig for Dick Heckstall Smith (A Story Ended) where he played in a trio with Gary Husband and Gary Moore (another one gone too soon). He made an immese contribution to music generally and his sphere of influence was very wide ranging (from Soft Machine's Land of Cockayne to Frank Zappa's Apostrophe) and everything in between. He will be sorely missed by many including me, R.I.P. Jack. ps check out the jazz supergroup tracks on his box set Spirit (Live at the BBC 1971-1978) with John Surman and Jon Hiseman. Poignantly feature the track Jack's Gone (this is also on YouTube)
  24. AAJ forums

    Yes I do, but I think the name was a misnomer, it should have been Troll Central Station
  25. This was the same festival but not the actual performance which was Nucleus on their own. However, Leon Thomas does mention their achievement and prize (being sent off to the Newport Jazz Festival at short notice) in the introduction to the final track.