Brit-Jazz and related

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...

...on Avant, the latest release from Britains Hux Records, Dean and Domancich join together as a duet for the first time. This live concert, while based on loose compositional sketches, is largely improvised, and it finds the pair operating without a s...

'A prog rock tribute with punch'-John Fordham, The Guardian

'At this album launch, what pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock called 'the bells and whistles of prog rock' were translated into poised, shapeshifting narratives that made the most of the Delta Saxophone Quartet's clean articulation and almost magical sound.'-Mike Hobart, Financial Times

"The Delta Saxophone Quartet's Chris Caldwell and pianist Gwilym Simcock first met at the Europa cup match between Stoke and Dynamo Kiev....

David Toop (bass, guitar, digital electronics, VCS3 synth)
Phil Minton (voices)
Evan Parker (soprano and tenor saxophones)
Steve Beresford (Farfisa organ, VCS3 synth)
Mark Sanders (drums)
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"Directed and produced by David Toop, Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs reacts against our poisonous present, inspired anti-nostalgically by similarly reactive records and live performances from the 20th century: The Soft Machine and Pink Floyd 1967-68, The MC5'

David Toop (bass, guitar, digital electronics, VCS3 synth)
Phil Minton (voices)
Evan Parker (soprano and tenor saxophones)
Steve Beresford (Farfisa organ, VCS3 synth)
Mark Sanders (drums)
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"Directed and produced by David Toop, Dirty Songs Play Dirty Songs reacts against our poisonous present, inspired anti-nostalgically by similarly reactive records and live performances from the 20th century: The Soft Machine and Pink Floyd 1967-68, The MC5'

"Bob Downes is a flautist, multi-instrumentalist and composer possessing prowess as a musical personality. Emanating from his living breath Bob conjures sublime sounds from an array of flutes and poignant weaving through his alto and tenor saxophones...

Downes is a reed player (saxes and flutes) who is most often thought of as a jazz flautist, composer and group leader, but throughout his varied career that has included such diverse musical activity as working with the John Barry Seven and playing on Egg’s second LP.
He also had his own fluid conceptual group “Open Music”. Until very recent releases on the Esoteric and Reel labels, he was pretty much a forgotten figure of Brit-jazz. And now he has a cool collection on ReR. His work tends to have a...

I Wish You Peace is a landmark recording in the career of one of modern jazzs emerging giants: British jazz musician Paul Dunmall. A world-class reed player, Dunmall is described as "A powerful player often cited as the cream of British saxophonists" by the Guiness Who's Who In Jazz, and a "Superlative saxophone and clarinet playerone of the best reed players in Europe if not the world." by Venue. He is a member of the UK improvising ensemble Mujician and leads the Paul Dunmall Octet among many other...

"The coolest of Britain's young jazz bands." – Daily Telegraph

"...they’re still evolving, pushing boundaries and moving jazz forward." – Mojo


Empirical has become one of Europe’s top jazz ensembles by creating a bracing sound rife with roiling emotion. The quartet builds on the extroverted improvisational ethos of the 1960s New Thing, embracing oblique harmonies, translucent textures and jagged, quick shifting rhythms. Featuring...

Third great release from 2011 by this exceedingly fine UK modern jazz quartet

“The departure of pianist Kit Downes and trumpeter Jay Phelps made Empirical a more chamber-jazzy outfit. It didn't soften saxophonist Nathaniel Facey's searing sound, though.
Pianist George Fogel augments the quartet on their most eclectic venture yet: a collection of pieces – drawing on contemporary-classical music, jazz and a kind of purified pop and hip-hop – that sometimes step on to the precarious tightrope of

Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone
Lewis Wright - vibraphone
Tom Farmer - double bass
Shaney Forbes - drums
Special Guest:
Julian Siegel - bass clarinet/tenor saxophone

Great second album by this English ‘inside and outside’ quartet and the first album I heard by them! Dedicated to Eric Dolphy, this features inspiring original compositions and is a great one.
“Out ‘n' In pays tribute to Eric Dolphy's musical legacy through nine Dolpy-inspired original compositions

Tom Farmer - double bass
Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone
Shaney Forbes - drums
Lewis Wright - vibrophone

featuring the Benyounes String Quartet:
Zara Benyounes - violin
Emily Holland - violin
Sara Roberts - viola
Kim Vaughan - cello

This is a very adventurous 2013 release as the free and swinging, inside / outside UK jazz quartet Empirical combine forces with the Benyounes String Quartet. This is a very carefully constructed and composed album!.

Adam Fairhall: grand piano, prepared Hohner Pianet T, prepared toy piano, indian harmonium
Christophe de Bezenac: tenor saxophone
Anton Hunter: electric guitar
Johnny Hunter: drums
Dave Kane: double bass
Corey Mwamba: vibraphone....

Chris Pyne-trombone
Ray Warleight-alto sax, flute
Tony Roberts-tenor sax, flute, bass clarinet
Peter Lemer-piano
Danny Thompson-bass
John Cox-drums

“Continuing Turtle Records exploration into previously un-released historic British Jazz.
The unsung band leader and drummer (Fat) John Cox led several modern jazz line ups through the 1960s, and rather like Alexis Korner in the Blues and John Mayall in R&B, his bands were incubators of young and talented English musical...

Chris Pyne-trombone
Ray Warleight-alto sax, flute
Tony Roberts-tenor sax, flute, bass clarinet
Peter Lemer-piano
Danny Thompson-bass
John Cox-drums

“Continuing Turtle Records exploration into previously un-released historic British Jazz.
The unsung band leader and drummer (Fat) John Cox led several modern jazz line ups through the 1960s, and rather like Alexis Korner in the Blues and John Mayall in R&B, his bands were incubators of young and talented English musical...

Last time ever on this wonderful release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

"Gerry F. Fitz-Gerald is a Scottish born guitarist, possessed with kaleidoscopic imagination and commanding ability for improvisational music...

Last time ever on this wonderfully whacked release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

Limited edition of only 500 copies made with no reprintings to be done.

"Electric guitar radical G.F. Fitz-Gerald and soprano sax...

Electric guitar and the amplified acoustic bass – two distinctive sound generators capable of creating a picture of almost symphonic dimensions.

Never having performed on the same stage, we created a music which is syllogistic in the sense...

"Evan played mostly soprano sax and Fred often had his guitar on his lap with a table filled with objects: an e-bow, chopsticks, an ashtray, paintbrush, etc. Each of these men have their own vocabulary of sounds so they took their time to work their...

"Guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist John Butcher are titans within the world of improvised music. Over the last four decades, each of these two men has permanently altered the way in which his instrument is heard: Frith with his (at times literal)...

"This DVD features the new quartet of British jazz legend Michael Garrick in concert at London’s Pizza on the Park venue. The quartet are the talents of fellow British jazz legend Alan Jackson (drums), Martin Hathaway (alto-sax, reeds), Paul Moylan (doubl

One of the earliest and rarest Brit-jazz albums. I had no idea it existed until this reissue was released!

"Originally privately pressed in 1964 as a 10" lp in an edition of just 99 copies (for tax reasons) on the Airborne alabel...

Michael Garrick - piano, harpsichord, celeste Don Rendell - soprano & alto saxophone, flute
Ian Carr - trumpet
Jim Philip - flute
Coleridge Goode - double bass
Trevor Tomkins - percussion
A previously unreleased Brit-jazz treasure in excellent sound, mastered from the analog 1/4" master reel.
"Prelude to Heart is a Lotus is a 1968 BBC Jazz in Britain recording now released for the first time. Pianist and composer Michael Garrick was 35 years old and together with close associ

"1964 was a pretty special year, especially for groovy jazz in Britain. Not only did it see the release of Moonscape by the Michael Garrick Trio but also the birth of these fine and exceptionally rare recordings. Modern, jazzy, exotic and progressive...

"Gibbs music is full of intriguing inner detail that does not deflect from the ultimate destiny of his pieces." – BBC Music Magazine

"Mike Gibbs' ingenious arrangements suggest a pop art incarnation of a traditional big band...

“Michael Gibbs is a composer, conductor, arranger and producer as well as a trombonist and keyboardist, known for his collaborations with Gary Burton, and for his ability to utilize rock elements in orchestral jazz.
Festival '69 is an historic concert performance, previously unreleased, providing unique insight into Gibbs' artistry prior to his recording career proper (his debut album was released in 1970).
Assembling a big band boasting the cream of contemporary British Jazz, Gibbs connected...

“The music of Michael Gibbs remains woefully under-recorded, even as the composer hits his mid-70s.... Inspired by Olivier Messiaen as much as Gil Evans, his music is luxurious, complex but accessible, and driven by rock rhythms and electric...

“So much came from my association with Mike... He went from being my hero to a friend, and he’s always been my teacher... I’ve always fantasized about doing something with him adapting some of my music.” – Bill Frisell....

Wonderful, archival (yes, the 90s is now 'archival') Brit-jazz release as 7 John Scofield compositions (and 4 from Gibbs) are given the Gibbs band-arrangement treatment. Especially notable for fans of guitarist Scofield, who plays wonderfully here!

"Another unique Dusk Fire celebration of British jazz heritage on this first ever release of recordings taken from composer Mike Gibbs and guitarist John Scofield's 1991 band tour.
Featuring the talents of Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Steve...

Paul Dunmall, border pipes (track 1, 5), sop saxe (2, 8, 9), tenor comemeuse (3) double bamboo pipe (4), tenor sax (6), soprano comemeuse (7)
Philip Gibbs acoustic & electric guitars

The instrumentation sometimes suggests a folk approach, without being "folky" per se.

"This features the guitar in the most unlikely pairs with cornemeuse, tenor and soprano saxophone, and border pipes. Unlike Paul Dunmalls previous duo with Paul Rogers, Folks is completely open though each...

Keiji Haino - vocal, guitars, etc.
John Butcher - saxophones and feedback

"Keiji Haino, one of the foremost exponents of the Japanese avant-garde, always provides a masterclass in constantly shifting improvisation. John Butcher is a saxophonist of rare grace and power, who has expanded the vocabulary of the saxophone far beyond the conventions of jazz and other musics, to encompass a staggering range of multi-phonics, overtones, percussive sounds, and electronic feedback. Haino and Butcher...

“I emerged in the British blues boom of the 1960s followed a long winding path through various scenes and cultures. Studied with the Roma flamenco master Manitas De Plata in Spain, toured Europe with Liverpool band Casey Jones & the Governors, Commissioned three times (twice by The Arts Council of Great Britain) played in the British avant-garde scene of the 1970s.
This is a new take on the seasons nothing to do with Vivaldi, its fresh and timeless and uses guitars and much more.”

Very short but fabulous, previously unreleased set of BBC recordings from Joe and his classic quintet from 1962!
Essential 60s Brit-jazz.

"The first ever commercial release of the 1962 Maida Vale session recorded and originally broadcast on the BBC’s Jazz For Moderns programme. The brilliant alto saxophonist Joe plays with Shake Keane - trumpet, Coleridge Goode - double bass, Pat Smythe - piano and Bobby Orr - drums."

This is one of the very rarest Brit-jazz releases and, also, in my opinion, one of the very best. This has been mastered from the original master tapes and reissued legitimately for the very first time since the vinyl went out of print about 45 years ago! Hugely recommended!

"Recorded in 1969, the near-legendary "Hum Dono" album by alto saxophonist Joe Harriott and guitarist Amancio D'Silva has secured its place in the British jazz pantheon. A startling blend of Indian, Caribbean and Western ...

Tubby Hayes was one of the first wave of English hard-bop musicians of the 1950's and 60's and one of the top tenor sax players as well during the 20 years of his career. He never went into free-jazz, but he swung hard and he definitely influenced many...

For those of you interested in European and especially Brit-jazz, Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott (who also appears here) are basically 'ground zero' in terms of a original, British jazz sound.

"Having written a disappointed critique of a...

"January 30th 2105 marks the anniversary of what would have been Tubby Hayes' 80th birthday. Undoubtedly THE ultimate British jazz legend, Hayes' untimely death, aged 38, in 1973 ended what had been a truly remarkable 23 year career, and, although long...

"This major new release is a previously unavailable live performance from a great Tubby Hayes lineup that never made a commercially available CD.
Recorded on 5th December 1968 by Ted Lyons at the legendary Hopbine in North Wembley, The Syndicate reveals Hayes' new quartet that featured the spectacular Dublin born guitarist Louis Stewart and 22 year old drummer Spike Wells, with Kenny Baldock standing in for regular double bassist Ron Mathewson.
With detailed sleeve notes by tenor saxophonist...

This is the fourth of a ten part series compiled by Mike King. He's enlisted Hugh's personal archive, as well as the archives of friends of Hugh's. Mike says, "I've been tasked with compiling a series of CD releases celebrating the life and legacy of...

Subtitled: 'Hugh's Compositions In The Hands Of Friends', this features Didier Malherbe, Phil Miller, Hugh and Pip Pyle or Elton Dean, Phil Miller, Gael Horelou, Hugh and Pip Pyle.

"Hugh Hopper’s return to active service following a five-year...

Subtitled "Hugh & Mike's compositions brought to life", this is recordings from two shows that were part of the Tritonales Festival in...

"...through our mutual interests we began a friendship which led to my idea to create a recording of these two amazing musicians, Slava Genelin (piano) & Aharon Kaminski (drums & percussion)....the session lasted 3 hours and was fantastic....right...

This is the third of a ten part series compiled by Mike King. He's enlisted Hugh's personal archive, as well as the archives of friends of Hugh's. Mike says, "I've been tasked with compiling a series of CD releases celebrating the life and legacy of...

This is the fifth of a ten part series compiled by Mike King. He's enlisted Hugh's personal archive, as well as the archives of friends of Hugh's. Mike says, "I've been tasked with compiling a series of CD releases celebrating the life and legacy of...

Last time ever on this release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

Great to see this excellent and very unusual modern jazz album, with definite Scottish themes, reissued.

"Drummer Ken Hyder left his Dundee, Scotland...

"Let’s Get Deluxe, the third album on Basho Records from transatlantic contemporary jazz supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, captures a substantial but organic evolution in the group’s sound. Co-leaders Mike Walker and Gwilym Simcock consciously moved to broaden the instrumental palette at the earliest stages of the writing process, using melodies and counter melodies to create an intricate narrative.

By the time the group came to recording, the music had already been thoroughly road-tested on...

“For trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist/ clarinetist Steve Treseler, paying tribute to the late Kenny Wheeler was a calling. “Ingrid and I are both devoted Kenny fans and we both had the opportunity to work with him in person,” says Treseler. ‘Invisible Sounds’ reinterprets works from his prolific catalog.
Ingrid’s band - Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Martin Wind (bass) and Jon Wikan (drums) - was playing at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Idaho, so they booked two nights at Seattle’s Royal Room...

"...The Celestial Squid is so special... Here are two of the greats....no, the greatest." – Jim O'Rourke

Guitar summits don't ascend higher than when legendary British free-jazz pioneer and longtime session ace Ray Russell...

This is the first volume of this legendary, early experimental / weird album that is on the Nurse With Wound list.
It has never-before been reissued in any form legitimately; hugely recommended for fans of electronic / tape music/ experimental / zaniness!

“Worlds Within Worlds: Part I And II is one of the most important experimental and improvised jazz-based recordings of all time. Released in 1971 it sold just a handful of copies, but has become a keystone in the development of ambient...