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  1. RIP Slide Hampton.

    Slide Hampton recorded one of my all time favourite albums: Slide Hampton & Vaclav Zahradnik Big Band : B&S. Released in 1971 it also features The Trio (Surman, Phillips, Martin)! RIP Slide and thank you for that.
  2. Nucleus at the BBC on the way

    Guilty as charged! However, the 12CD box is now actually 13CDs and will retail for £70. Having listened to all the CDs I can attest that this material, which has been painstakingly remastered by Eroc is really quite stunning. In addition to the "usual" Nucleus fare - and frankly there was nothing usual about Nucleus - there are some extremely rare, never before heard programmes such as Gordon Beck's suite The Dream with Norma Winstone and Nucleus. Then there's the hour long Radio 3 Music In Our Time broadcast in which varying permutations of Nucleus members play entirely improvised pieces. There's more of course, but another nice feature (also heard on the Barbara Thompson box) is the inclusion of announcements by some of the best comperes of the day, not least the late, great Peter Clayton whose witty intros added piquancy to the sets. The same can also be said for John Peel whose voice opens CD1 with some very amusing banter. Voices also heard include Brian Priestley, Digby Fairweather and Ian Carr himself (coincidentally all co-authors of the Rough Guide To Jazz). Whilst the intros aren't as crucial as the music they do add some perspective and sense of place and sometimes explain the pieces in detail which is a useful adjunct. By the way, the 13th CD is comprised of two sets, the tapes of which were produced at the very last minute and contain some truly fabulous stuff. If I could rate this box obectively (which I can't) I would wager, quite seriously, that it's going to be British jazz archival release of the year.
  3. British jazz reissues

    Nucleus’ seminal album Roots is reissued on vinyl this week (Oct 22) on the Be With Records label:
  4. Women in jazz/improv

    Mary Halvorson - great guitarist and great improviser
  5. Tubby The Tenor (*) 180grm reissue just received in the post today - Tubbs on fantastic form! (*) aka Tubbs In N.Y.
  6. Tony H is keeping his counsel on this, but looks like there will be others of this ilk; who knows? Hum Dono? Westbrooks? Dankworth? BTW my download codes all worked but I just wish they would yield MP3s rather than WAVS (I realise that rather defeats the purpose of high res digital, but I still listen on iPod/iPhone).
  7. Am currently listening to the just-released Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe by The New Jazz Orchestra lovingly remastered and cut by Gearbox Records for Universal/Decca's British jazz reissue series. The audio quality on 180grm vinyl is staggeringly good. The previous two reissues in this series, Don Rendell's Space Walk and Kenny Wheeler's Windmill Tilter, were again both superbly produced. Despite the slightly high purchase price, I cannot recommend these three albums enough. The quality is such that it would easily convert vinyl skeptics. I've now been convinced by these (and other recent reissues) that the much-vaunted resurgence of vinyl is not just hype or hip. They also come with an audio download code and an insert with new liner notes by the series' executive producer Tony Higgins.
  8. New previously unissued Horace Tapscott

    Thanks jlhoots, I had my wires crossed over this one - definitely seeking out Ancestral Echoes now!
  9. New previously unissued Horace Tapscott

    Excuse the slight topic diversion but on Tapscott's 1969 debut Flying Dutchman LP The Giant Has Awakened.....[Edit: I’ve deleted the rest of this post because I was confusing one Tapscott album with another. The next post helpfully steered me to the correct album! Apologies]
  10. British jazz reissues

    Ian Carr's seminal 1972 album Belladonna has just been reissued by Mr Bongo. This is an official reissue licensed by UMG and there are two versions, CD and LP. It has been remastered at half-speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road. The vinyl version (currently playing on the turntable) sounds fabulous and within its gatefold sleeve, the record sports the original Vertigo swirl logo on the labels. I always considered (and still do) that Allan Holdsworth guitar contribution on the closer, Hector's House is one of the most exciting solos I've ever heard, and the fastest. I believe that this is the first time this record has been reissued on vinyl although it has been reissued at least twice before on CD. Update: BTW listening to it now I'm hearing stuff I never heard before!
  11. British jazz reissues

    Yes, you’re correct re: the Afro Jazz vinyl reissue and I bought a copy of that. I was thinking more of a domestic reissue (that one was Canadian I think) and also a CD reissue. But there are so many other potential candidates. Pity Vocalion gave up on the British jazz reissues.
  12. British jazz reissues

    Re: Spacewalk, I can’t comment on the 2018 Italian vinyl reissue but there was a legitimate reissue on CD by Polygram in 1999 courtesy of the late Richard Cook’s excellent Redial series. To my ears this CD version seems flawless both technically and musically. There have been CD reissues of both Windmill Tilter (BGO) and Le Dejeuner (Dusk Fire) but a hitherto dearth of Universal British jazz reissues save for the superb Tubby Hayes box set. So this is very welcome and the vinyl is very tempting. I only hope that Tony Higgins might persuade Universal to reissue some of the less known British jazz recordings such as the Carr/Clyne/Watts/Stevens little masterpiece Springboard or Guy Warren’s idiosyncratically brilliant Afro Jazz. But there are plenty more to choose from.
  13. British jazz reissues

    I received an email from Clark Tracey's Resteamed Records with the following tantalising info: We at Resteamed remain dedicated to ensuring Stan’s music is made as widely available as possible. And to this end, our next new release from the Archive – available from the end of May - will be a double CD of Stan’s Quartet (featuring Bobby Wellins) and their 1968 recording With Love From Jazz, coupled with the ST Big Brass arrangements of Ellington tunes on We Love You Madly, which Stan played for many years on his big band dates. The latter dates from 1969 with a line-up including Joe Harriott, Don Rendell, Ian Carr, Acker Bilk and Tony Coe. And with so much love in the air, we’re calling this latest double CD release With Love From Stan.
  14. British jazz reissues

    Totally agree, the latest RR archival release from JiB is really fantastic and despite being in mono (but may have been originally broadcast in stereo at that time) is undeniably both crystal clear and extremely innovative. I love RR's guitar work then as he was really pushing the boundaries. His compositions and arrangements are excellent too. Highly recommended.
  15. British jazz reissues

    I absolutely agree! It's like hearing a new piece of work entirely.