Brit-Jazz and related

'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...

Dreamtime is the band of the great British trombonist Nick Evans, who is heard from too little since the 70's. This was recorded in 1986, so it is chronologically their 2nd album, although it remained unreleased until 2004. A shame, as it's a good qual...

Dreamtime is the band of the great British trombonist Nick Evans, who is heard from too little since the 70's. This was recorded in 1986, so it is chronologically their 2nd album, although it remained unreleased until 2004. A shame, as it's a good qual...

Amancio D'Silva, guitar
Ian Carr, trumpet and flugelhorn
Don Rendell, tenor and soprano sax
Dave Green, bass
Trevor Tomkins, drums

This reissues an impossibly rare Brit-jazz album and one that is just as great as it is rare! If seeing the names of the players makes you want to own this, or if you've heard of this one, but never heard it and wondered if it is any good, stop what you are doing and grab it.

"This is a really thrilling, wonderful and profoundly enjoyable al

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...

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....

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)...

It's just unbelievably wonderful to see all these unspeakably rare UK jazz titles sneaking out legitimately and remastered. Black Marigolds was recorded in 1966, very early for Argo by the pianist for the very well known (in the UK) Don Rendell/Ian Carr..

For some reason, this was released as being by Garrick's Fairground, but since all his other albums are listed as under his name, this one is too. At least here. And it's all the gang:
Vocasl: Norma Winstone; John Smith; George Murcell; Betty Mulcahy
Instrumental:
Henry Lowther (trumpet, flügelhorn)
Don Rendell (tenor sax, clarinet, flute)
Art Themen (tenor & soprano saxes, clarinet, flute)
Coleridge Goode (double bass)
Trevor Tomkins (percussion)
Michael Garrick (organ)....

"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...

“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...

A marvelous, 1975, British, electric jazz/rock album of the very first rank (and where I first heard of / heard Mike Gibbs!). A ton of great players here: Charlie Mariano, Philip Catherine, Henry Lowther, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Skidmore, etc etc etc.

"Composer-conductor-director Mike Gibbs is back with another ambitious project that mixes horns and strings, but this time the cast is more international and behind the usual UK-scene stalwarts (the usual Pyne, Wheeler, Skidmore, Coe, Sulzmann and...

I had no idea that this album existed at all and that a musician like Kenny Graham (a fine but pretty obscure outside of the UK saxist who was one of the first UK musicians to incorporate Cuban and African rhythms into small group jazz) would record a...

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."

Two extremely rare titles by this now-legendary Brit-jazzer, both of them making their CD debut here!

"The Jamaican-born alto-saxophonist Joe Harriott was among the greatest exponents of jazz ever to have resided in the British Isles...

Unless you already own them, this essential set includes Joe Harriott's two legendary classic releases: Free Form (1961) and Abstract (1962) along with their predecessor, Southern Horizon (1960).
This is essential Brit-jazz from someone who was a modernist before anyone else in Britain! Are you a fan of Ornette, Vandermark 5, Eric Dolphy, Cosmologic, etc? You NEED this!

"The few recordings of Jamaican born saxophonist Joe Harriott have been hard to come by since they were initially released..

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 ...

In 1990, there was a short-lived TV series which gathered up as many 70s bands as could be found and had them perform in front of a small live audience to be broadcast and released on video tape. If my memory serves me, Caravan, Hawkwind, The Strawbs, Gong and Hatfield all participated.
Dave Stewart refused to participate, so what you got was
Phil Miller-guitar
Richard Sinclair-bass & vocals
Pip Pyle-drums
Sophia Domanich-electric keyboards
The lack of DS made a lot of...

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...

The 1st & I think by far the best of two by this fusion/free jazz supergroup, with Hugh Hopper-bass, Elton Dean-alto & saxello, Keith Tippett-piano, electric piano & Joe Gallivan-drums, drum synths.
Somehow I managed to see these guys when I went to London in 1977 and seeing these early heroes of mine was something I nearly could not have imagined ever happening!
This combines Canterbury-ish jazz rock with the more outward bound stylings of Elton & Keith. This has been out of print for many...

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...

Truly a Canterbury supergroup. Some familiar and some new tunes. Is this a major, profound, Canterbury REVELATION? No, but these old friends are having fun and playing well on this professionally recorded early 90s live recording.

"This one is definitely a grower. A band that had emerged, according to the sleeve notes, out of a one-off gig for the Le Mans 1991 jazz festival, booked by a promoter who wanted this line-up and this line-up alone, notwithstanding established bands such as Equip Out...

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...

"...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...

Chris Laurence is a bassist who has appeared on many Brit-jazz classics in the past. Nice to see a new release from him. This one features Frank Ricotti-vibes, John Parricelli-electric and acoustic guitars, Martin France-drums, Chris on bass and Norma...

Really excellent modern Brit-jazz with a sound not copying the classics of Brit-jazz, but finding its own voice. Really great and highly recommended! "Cornucopia Ensemble: Rita Manning, violin/leader; Emlyn Singleton, violin; Andy Parker, viola; Nick ...