Brit-Jazz and related

This is the first-ever reissue of this, Brit-jazz composer/arranger Neil Ardley's 1st full album under his own name. This 1971, Dennis Preston production features the all-star band I know you were expecting me to list! Included are: Dick Heckstall...

"Archive release. This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band's musical director.
The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of it's powers in a Jazz Club session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London's Camden Theatre. Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell...

Lots of great tunes here from Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mongezi Feza, etc!

"The album includes new arrangements of compositions by Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza and Johnny Dyani, and an atmospheric development...

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (over 20 participants) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Alan Gowen, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.

Here, he's tackling the Soft Machine boo, but even though the title is "Play Soft Machine", a more accurate title would be "Plays Hugh Hopper's Tunes For Soft Machine", as that's what this mostly is....

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (with 25 participants on this album) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Hugh Hopper, Alan Gowen, Robert Wyatt, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.
For this, their third album, he has chosen to highlight the compositions of the late Lindsay Cooper. They band perform:
1. Half The Sky (from "Western Culture").

"Although this album contains a varied selection of material, including one original composition and three tracks from a 1998 Mike Westbrook project, I'm just going to write just a few words about what seems, at the moment, to be at the core of this great orchestra's repertoire: namely, some classic British jazz-rock from the 1970s. This music was always on the margins, of course, even at the time. Back when I was a schoolboy, most of my friends were listening to soul, blues, punk, disco, heavy metal...

"Born of a time when jazz musicians crossed in to the world of rock music, Atlantic Bridge was a quartet featuring Mike McNaught (piano, electric piano), Daryl Runswick (bass, bass guitar), Jim Philip (flute, soprano sax, tenor sax) & Mike Travis (drums). All four musicians were seasoned players on the London jazz circuit, but sought to expand their musical horizons.
Influenced by the experimentation of Miles Davis on his album Bitches Brew and by the work of British musicians such as Keith Tippett..

This is apparently an authorized-by-Brian collection of rare live recordings from 1968 from the Piper Club in Rome and their appearance on "Ce Soir On Danse" from Paris! Quite good sound for the time period.

"In May 1968, Brian Auger and the Trinity & Julie Driscoll were part of an international rock 'n' roll disaster. That fiasco created a stash of urgent, commanding recordings, capturing a golden moment that took half a century to reach the wider world. A year after Monterey Pop but a year....

"A reissue of Derek Bailey's Lot 74, originally released by Incus in 1974. Recorded at a private house in West London, the side-long title track is a masterwork: a twenty-two-minute, starkly personal, freely expressive, itchily searching re-casting of orders of rhythm and sound into a new, quicksilver kind of affective and musical polyphony. Never mind the guitarist's championing of "non-idiomatic improvisation", the poet Peter Riley gets the ball rolling in his identification of the various hauntings...

"A reissue of Derek Bailey's Solo Guitar release on Incus in 1971, with additional tracks included on previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972.
Recorded in 1971, Solo Guitar Volume 1 was Bailey's first solo album. Its cover is an iconic montage of photos taken in the guitar shop where he worked. He and the photographer piled up the instruments whilst the proprietor was at lunch, with Bailey promptly sacked on his return.
The LP was issued in two versions over the years...

"In publishing the entire performance from start to finish, this release allows us to experience these much-missed artists at work with a degree of intimacy and familiarity absent from (for example) prestigious festival performances. Of course, any new addition to the Bailey discography is an exciting development, but I feel I must also mention just how well Will Gaines plays on this gig. For those who might be unsure why Derek was always so happy to play with Will, listen to how Will uses his strongly...

This fine album, one of the few recorded examples of Muir's pure improvisational playing, has been out on vinyl before - in its original issue in 1981 - but not with this fantastic photo on the cover, which I had never seen before....

"A reissue of Jamie Muir and Derek Bailey's 1981 duo album, Dart Drug, originally released on Bailey's Incus label. Percussionist Jamie Muir was a member of King Crimson during the recording of Larks' Tongues In Aspic, in 1973. Staying less than a year with Robert..

"A reissue of Derek Bailey and Tristan Honsinger Duo, originally released by Incus in 1976. Born in Burlington, Vermont, and conservatory-trained in the US, the cellist Tristan Honsinger moved from Montreal to Amsterdam in 1974, quickly linking with Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg and opening a long and fruitful musical relationship with Derek Bailey. Recorded in 1976, Duo displays a performative musical approach already characterized by the lack of inhibition which would later endear him to The Pop...

Lucian Ban - piano
John Surman - baritone & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Mat Maneri - viola

This is everything you would want from an exploration of folk music melodies of Romania from these three distinctive players. Surman particularly sounds amazing here - like he was born to play this music!.

“Their mutual interest in the work of Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók led to their new recording, Transylvanian Folk Songs, an assortment of arrangements

Django Bates is a Brit-jazz band leader, pianist and tenor horn player of great reknown in the UK. He founded Human Chain in 1979 and in the 1980s he rose to prominence in the big band Loose Tubes. He has performed as a member of Bill Bruford's Earthworks and in the bands of George Russell and George Gruntz.
For this release, he has revisited The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', with rather great results, as long as you don't mind hearing a cultural icon get shaken up and remade...

Gordon Beck - piano
Jeff Clyne - bass
Tony Oxley - drums

A great album, rescued from the mists of time almost 50 years later! First-ever reissue!

"Pianist / composer Gordon Beck, one of the true forefathers of modern British and European Jazz, has been a source of inspiration and musical joy to Jazz connoisseurs since the 1960s. His formidable technique and more importantly overwhelming musicality are completely unique and unrivaled. This, his 4th recording as a leader, deserves a.

Gordon Beck - piano
Jeff Clyne - bass
Tony Oxley - drums

"Pianist / composer Gordon Beck, one of the true forefathers of modern British and European Jazz, has been a source of inspiration and musical joy to Jazz connoisseurs since the 1960s. His formidable technique and more importantly overwhelming musicality are completely unique and unrivaled. This, his 4th recording as a leader, deserves a special notice for many reasons. Stylistically it is somewhat atypical to Beck’s usual output...

"Turtle Records is proud to present these excellent performances, now transferred and collated, which capture the group playing a variety of some well-known compositions plus a large number of Gordon Beck originals, which are surely a must for any serious modern jazz fan.
They chronicle a peak period of creativity and performance by Gordon involving key lineups of his groups with musicians including a who's who of British Jazz: Jeff Clyne, Johnny Butts, Ron Mathewson, John McLaughlin, Tony Oxley...

Gordon Beck (piano)
John McLaughlin (guitar)
Jeff Clyne (bass)
Tony Oxley (drums)
Joy Marshall (vocals)
This is very nice, lightly swinging jazz standards. John gets one solo. Don't buy this expecting Extrapolation or Bitches Brew.

"Gordon Beck, English jazz pianist and composer, broke onto the London scene in the early 1960s joining the Tubby Hayes group in 1962. Forming his own succession of groups from 1965 onwards. A subsequent 26 album career established him as one of

Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Russell: guitar
Brian Miller: piano, electric piano, synthesizer
Darryl Runswick: bass, bass guitar
Nigel Morris: drums
Martin David: congas

This is the first-ever CD issue of Harry’s fourth solo album, from 1975 and it features a joyful electric jazz, with half of the original line-up (Brian Miller & Nigel Morris) and Ray Russell totally SMOKIN’ on lead.

“It’s been a real Joy to bring this long-lost classic back to life....

Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn
Ray Russell: guitar
Brian Miller: piano, electric piano, synthesizer
Darryl Runswick: bass, bass guitar
Nigel Morris: drums
Martin David: congas

This is the first-ever CD issue of Harry’s fourth solo album, from 1975 and it features a joyful electric jazz, with half of the original line-up (Brian Miller & Nigel Morris) and Ray Russell totally SMOKIN’ on lead.

“It’s been a real Joy to bring this long-lost classic back to life....

A great set in the classic Ornette 4tet vein, mixed with a Brit-jazz feel! I dont know any of these players (Roberto-double bass, Claude Deppa-trumpet, Jason Yarde-alto & soprano sax & Brian Abrahams-drums), but all play fabulously well. [SLAM]

"The product of a recording session in New York City in 1970, “Where Fortune Smiles” is one of the milestone albums to be recorded at a time when the divisions between the worlds of jazz and rock were less defined and albums such as Bitches Brew by Miles Davis and the work of Tony Williams’ Lifetime pointed a new direction in music.
Originally released on Pye Records’ “Progressive” imprint Dawn Records, Where Fortune Smiles was recorded fresh on the heels of John McLaughlin and Dave Holland’s work...

"Tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd are two of the most exciting young jazz musicians on the London jazz scene.
One year on from their highly praised mega work Journey To The Mountain Of Forever (Urban Album Of The Year 2017 : MoJo Magazine), Binker And Moses return with a blistering assault on the senses.
Their third album in as many years, Binker Golding and Moses Boyd are trailblazers in arguably the most exciting jazz explosion London has ever seen.
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Excellent archival release - the second so far - from the Blue Notes’ 1979 tour of Belgium and Holland, taken from tour organiser Rob Sotemann’s tape archive. This features the established version of the group - South African expatriates all - Louis...

"He is an icon of the Rock world: the legendary song writer, bassist, pianist and singer Jack Bruce. In 2006 at the 37th German Jazz Festival Frankfurt, he joined forces with the hr-Bigband to perform a highly acclaimed concert, presenting classic Cream songs and other landmarks of his career in gripping new arrangements. It was a magic moment of dialogue between Jazz and Rock that roamed between composition, improvisation and vibrant, virtuoso performances. The hr-Bigband is one of the most innovative...

This release includes a CD of a new stereo remix, and a DVD with a new 5.1 surround sound mix along with the original 1978 mix, all taken from the original 1978 analogue tapes.
This album, originally released in 1977, established (ex Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, National Health) drummer Bill Bruford as a (very) credible composer and bandleader. For me, this is one of the finest fusion albums to have come out of the UK.
In addition to Bill's excellent playing, there is Dave Stewart on keyboards...

“When Bill Bruford emerged from Yes, his reputation as a drumming legend was firmly established. He then went on to refine and expand his individual technique and style with King Crimson. His solo career, while not as commercially successful as those bands, has also been impressive. His explorations with Allan Holdsworth continued to carry the fusion torch with dignity.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Bruford continued to search for different contexts in which to express his musical and percussive..

An Italian band who have a great love for Brit-jazz and, more specifically, the Ogun sound. The musicians are:
Pino Minafra trumpet, flugelhorn, voice
Roberto Ottaviano saxophones
Livio Minafra piano
Roberto Bellatalla bass...

Lol Coxhill-soprano sax
Charles Hayward-drums
Hugh Hopper-bass
Orphy Robinson-vibes, steel drums
with
Robert Wyatt-cornet

The first release (and sadly the only one) by this improvising group of established figures from the creative rock and improvised music scene in Britain. They've been together for a few years now, plays shows when circumstances permit, and it's great that they've finally documented something. This pretty quickly finds its feet, finds a groove and keeps.

Like the somewhat better known Michael Gibbs or lesser known Neil Ardley, bassist/composer Collier is a long time leader in the field of large and small scale jazz compositions that effortlessly meld US jazz (and especially the work of Charles Mingus) ...

Like the somewhat better known Michael Gibbs or lesser known Neil Ardley, bassist/composer Collier is a long time leader in the field of large and small scale jazz compositions that effortlessly meld US jazz (and especially the work of Charles Mingus) ...

Like the somewhat better known Michael Gibbs or lesser known Neil Ardley, bassist/composer Collier is a long time leader in the field of large and small scale jazz compositions that effortlessly meld US jazz (and especially the work of Charles Mingus) ...

Graham Collier is one of the best known and most important British jazz composers and over a 40 year career, his list of compositions and commissions has grown to encompass ensembles around the world. He is well-known as an author and educator, having

"Colosseum's 1969 debut album is a notably pioneering endeavor in its combination of British blues-rock with British jazz-rock, even if the writing and singing aren't as impressive as the confident playing. Graham Bond and some of the horn-augmented...

“Previously unreleased recordings by various line-ups drawn from Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger, Christine Jeffrey, Toshinori Kondo, Charlie Morrow, David Toop, Maarten Altena, Georgie Born, Lindsay Cooper, Steve Lacy, Radu Malfatti, and Jamie Muir.
Journalists often make the brief history of free improvisation conform to the idea that the history of music is a nice straight line from past to present: Beethoven... Brahms... Boulez. Thus Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, and John Stevens -- together...

“Music recorded at London's ICA in July 1982. It's a miracle of group interaction, wonderfully paced, moving steadily between moments of mounting intensity and tension. The passage about halfway through -- when Derek Bailey's harmonics ring out above a sheen of inside piano tremolos and shimmering electronics, topped off by Julie Tippetts's soaring vocalese -- is simply sublime. After which it's fun to try and tell the two pianists apart. Are those runs Ursula Oppens, with her formidable technique honed...

This has been out of print for some years and completely unavailable on these shores. Well worth getting if you don't already have it.
A repressing of bassoonist/oboeist/saxist/composer Lindsay's first two solo albums. Lindsay first made her name in Henry Cow and was also greatly featured in News From Babel. Both of these were film scores.

"Consists of the whole of the LP previously issued as Re/arc and most of "The Golddiggers".
Featuring Lindsay Cooper, Sally Potter, Phil Minton...

"This double CD set collects together, amongst other things, all of Outtakes for Other Occasions and The Small Screen, both of which were never commercially released, all four pieces from The Classic Guide to NoMansLand, the subscription 7” Pictures...

Paul Mitchell-Davidson-bass, Ken Shaw-electric guitar, Veryan Weston-piano, Colin Wood-cello and Richard Wright-guitar.

“This recording from the earlier years of Cafe Oto documents the impossible pairing of four contemporary giants. It's the reason the venue opened in the first place, for miraculous one-off groupings like this.
"The magic of the first minutes -- an alto solo by Joe McPhee of true purity -- soft-spoken, masterful and accomplished -- brought back to mind the blissful Coleman/Haden duet last year at the Royal Festival Hall. 'Ornette gave me freedom to move in a certain way,' said McPhee. He searched...

“Morphometry is an exquisite album of duets by the legendary soprano sax player Lol Coxhill and his friend and disciple, Raymond MacDonald. These are recordings made in July 2008 during what would be Coxhill's last visit to Scotland. Pressed on custard-colored vinyl with fleas on the label, in homage to Coxhill's album Fleas In Custard (1975), this release features a front cover woodcut created by Ian Barrett, whose uncle Syd was one of the figures whose paths crossed with Lol in 1960s London.”

More roots of Brit-jazz here.
"Digitally remastered reissue of this 1961 album from the jazz drummer. Whole Lotta Tony was recorded and released in 1961 on Ember, and credited to Tony Crombie & His Friends. Drummer Crombie's CV to date had...

“The debut album was recorded while Dean was still with Soft Machine, and made largely with fellow-Softs, though it is clear that he was already interested in exploring new territory...Deservedly rescued from oblivion by Cuneiform, Just Us is a great introduction to a compelling voice.” – The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings

English jazz saxophone legend Elton Dean has been in the public eye for over 30 years, & has played in numerous acclaimed groups over the years, including the...

With Alex Maguire, Mark Sanders, Paul Dunmall, Simon Picard, Nick Evans, Jim Dvorak, Tony Bianco, Roberto Bellatella, Paul Rogers and others perform with Elton in duets, trios, quartets and quintets. Elton dusts off his Fender Rhodes chops for the 1st ...

English jazz saxophone legend Elton was in the public eye for over 35 This was Cuneiform's first release by the great free-jazz saxophonist and composer Elton Dean and was also Elton's first-ever North American release under his own name. This album fe...

Live recording of Elton's splendid band includes four saxists (Elton, Paul Dunmall, Simon Pickard & Trevor Watts), plus the rhythm section of Paul Rogers & Tony Levin. A mixture of heads and freedom. [Ogun]

ELTON DEAN saxello & alto saxophone
HARRY BECKETT trumpet & flugelhorn
LIAM GENOCKEY drums
MARCIO MATTOS bass
PAUL RUTHERFORD trombone

This reissues a scarce vinyl album, on CD for the very first time, that includes about 30' of extra music - making the entire concert available for the first time. This is also one of the last things that the great engineer Michael King worked on before he died.

"Recorded Live by Radio Cultura de Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1986...

A very deserving reissue of a semi-obscure, 'free-blowing free-bop with heads' quartet, co-led by Elton Dean & Alan Skidmore (saxes) with Chris Laurence-double bass & John Marshall-drums. Originally released in 1977, jazz/free jazz fans will have their socks knocked off by this!

“Apart from lending his forename to a certain Reg Dwight, Elton Dean is probably still best known for his contribution to Soft Machine, where his fuzzy, amplified alto grafted a jazz sensibility onto that band's organ...

Nice, mostly mellow improvised session by Elton, Hugh, Vince (drums) and Frances (keyboards - mostly piano, but even accordion at times). Not an earth-shaking release, but if you are a fan of Elton or Hugh's work (or even Vince and Frances), you will...