Brit-Jazz and related

Stan Tracey is probably the living (grand)father of modern British jazz; starting in the more typical post-bop style and as the house pianist at Ronnie Scott's internationally known club in London, by the late 60's, he was also playing a more adventuro...

Out of print for several years and not coming back. Last chance/very few!

Since Mujician formed in England in 1988 as an improvising collective, the band has released 5 CDs on Cuneiform, who, in the words of The Wire, perform "...measured &...

This 1969 British Verve release is one of the very, very rarest UK jazz releases that exists that has not ever been reissued until now. Filled with great players, this is an essential purchase for anyone into the Brit-jazz scene. Only 1,000 copies made...

Never-before released archival meeting between Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra and Colosseum! The sound isn't perfect by any means, but except for the vocals, which are pretty buried (and there aren't a lot of vocals anyway), you can hear everything....

Ian Carr: trumpet, flugelhorn
Brian Smith: tenor sax, soprano sax, alto flute
Geoff Castle: keyboards, Moog
Chucho Merchan: bass
Roger Sellers: drums

This is the first-ever release of a late period (1980) Nucleus show from the Bracknell Festival. Originally recorded for radio broadcast and mastered by Michael King, it features excellent sound.

The thing about Nucleus is that more or less famous names came and went and their electric jazz sound waxed and waned in popular

This is one of the last projects that the late Michael King worked on. It's a collection of three short sets from different eras of Ian's and Nucleus' work, but all are great and all have great players.
Each set is between 17' and 25' minutes long.

1975 or 1976
Ian Carr, Bob Bertles, Ken Shaw, Geoff Castle, Roger Sutton, Roger Sellers, Trevor Tompkins
December 12, 1980
Ian Carr, Brian Smith, Geoff Castle, Chucho Merchan, Nic France April 4, 1983
Ian Carr, Charlie Mariano..

Leon Thomas - vocals
Ian Carr - trumpet & flugelhorn
Karl Jenkins - oboe & piano
Brian Smith - soprano & tenor sax, flute
Chris Spedding - guitar
Jeff Clyne - bass
John Marshall - drums
"The first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert, from the analogue 1/4" master tape, featuring trumpeter Ian Carr’s pioneering jazz/rock ensemble Nucleus, very early in their career, performing with US vocalist Leon Thomas on a set of Thomas’ repertoire...

Leon Thomas - vocals
Ian Carr - trumpet & flugelhorn
Karl Jenkins - oboe & piano
Brian Smith - soprano & tenor sax, flute
Chris Spedding - guitar
Jeff Clyne - bass
John Marshall - drums
"The first official release of the June 1970 Montreux Jazz Festival concert, from the analogue 1/4" master tape, featuring trumpeter Ian Carr’s pioneering jazz/rock ensemble Nucleus, very early in their career, performing with US vocalist Leon Thomas on a set of Thomas’ repertoire...

In his heyday from the late 1960s to the end of the 70s, alto saxophonist Mike Osborne was one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in Brit-jazz (and when you are talking about a school that included Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, Alan...

In the history of British jazz, there were few voices as unmistakable as Mike Osborne's alto saxophone, but his story is one of the tragedies of British jazz. Within 15 years of his first recordings, simmering mental illness had taken over and...

Really great musically (and surprisingly extremely good sonically) late-period Ozzie from 1980/1981. The last few years have seen a large number of albums featuring Osborne reissued or released for the first time and this is another in that happy...

Much-needed reissue of a 1975 live date by this improvising ensemble who specialized in music that had a very wide dynamic range, but especially who could play extremely softly at times. The original vinyl release of this album suffered greatly from...


Here's what I know about this group. Polar Bear are a young UK jazz group who are associated with the scene that Led Bib are also involved with. PB's sound is much different than Led Bib's and also not as consistantly 'out' as Bib, although they do...

The 3rd and 4th albums (both recorded in 1968) by this UK band, which is where Ian Carr, soon to spin off and help found jazz/rock with Nucleus, first gained the public's attention. Carr (trumpet) and Rendell (flute, clarinet, saxes) Michael Garrick-pi...

The 3rd and 4th albums (both recorded in 1968) by this UK band, which is where Ian Carr, soon to spin off and help found jazz/rock with Nucleus, first gained the public's attention. Carr (trumpet) and Rendell (flute, clarinet, saxes), Michael Garrick-piano, Dave Green-bass and Trevor Tomkins-drums + guests combined bits of 60's modal jazz and early 60's Ornette free jazz with a noticable Brit-jazz feel to arrive at something else.
You can definitely hear traces of Nucleus in the melodic lines, but...

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

"Jazz in Britain during the 1960s has found many musical voices speaking uniquely beyond their American inspiration, but few spoke as eloquently as the Don...

Sometimes it is easy to forget how long some of the "great but never famous" jazzers have been plying their craft.

This is a repackaging and reissue, directly from the master tapes, of the second (1969) and third (1970) album's released under...

This is a reissue of a very hard to find album from Ray's exploratory prime in 1973. With Harry Beckett-trumpet & flugelhorn, Gary Windo-tenor sax & flute, Daryl Runswick-bass and Alan Rushton-drums...

"...this Cuneiform release is a great gift. It doubles the amount of S.O.S. material in existence and affords perhaps a better sense of where the group came from and was headed even than the official LP." – Brian Morton, Point of Departure

"With so many archival releases these days, it is surprising to hear one of this quality and historical magnitude. Anything from S.O.S. would have been welcome, but this mixture of live and studio sessions, in stunning sound, exceeds
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The man who taught Ginger Baker everything about (1) drumming and (2) heroin!

"Phil Seamen was arguably the greatest jazz drummer Europe has ever produced. He was up there alongside such contemporaries as Kenny Clarke and Philly-Joe Jones...

Recorded in late 1969, this was the first of two really great albums that 'Skid' cut for Deram; I've long owned both of them and have always wished for a quality reissue and that's what we have here! Produced by Peter Eden and featuring the fantastic l...

Recorded in late 1970, this was the second of two really great albums that 'Skid' cut for Deram; I've long owned both of them and have always wished for a quality reissue and that's what we have here! Featuring the fantastic lineup of Alan (tenor sax)...

Tenor/soprano/bass clarinetist Smith leads the session, with excellent support from Liam Noble-piano, Jeremy Brown-bass & Winston Clifford-drums. This is like an adventurous late 60s Blue Note album, with heavy Brit-jazz touches. All these players are ...

The good news? This is a complete show from the classic quartet during a pretty prime period (April 26th, 1970 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon).

You get songs not often heard performed live by the four and a very good performance. The bad...

By this time (1974), the band were pretty much a straight-forward fusion ensemble with many of their biggest quirks and oddities excised. And all the quirky old personnel too, with only Mike Ratledge remaining (for the time being at least). Hugh...

Great playing from the band at one of their early peaks as the classic quartet, and very meh, 1970 audience tape sound for this one. Do you know the first time Robert wore that leather cap or when Ratledge first put on the dark glasses? If so, then you...

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work, whether their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi...

A very good album from 'way back when' with a fairly incredible story! I had never seen or heard it before now, although I knew its legend...!
Chris Spedding Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Roger Potter Bass, Double Bass
John Marshall Drums
John Mitchell Piano, Electric Piano
Paul Rutherford Trombone

"Between 1969 and 1972, Chris Spedding was a rock guitarist whose unique sound, style and musical literacy meant regular employment on the exploding British progressive jazz.

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

Latest archival treasure from Reel Recordings was a short-lived, little known (but based on this release 37 years later, quite...

This is a real treat. Drummer John Stevens is best known for his pioneering work performing and championing non-idiomatic free music.

But he was an excellent drummer with voracious musical interests and he worked in many types of ensembles.

Away was his electric, somewhat harmolodic-style band that he led throughout the 70s in addition to his free work.

The band made three excellent albums of thorny, unique electric jazz for Vertigo between 1975-1977. None of the three albums...

This reissues the three albums originally released by Ogun documenting a 1977 session (The Longest Night volumes one and two) and a 1993 session (Corner to Corner) by one of the founders of non-idiomatic free improvisation and one of his longest...

For nearly 45 years, John Surman has been one of England's best known modern jazz musicians. His career began in the late 60s as both a sideman and a leader with such notable greats as John McLaughlin, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath...

John was one of the first of the new generation of Brit-jazzers in the 60's to sign to a major label, and this album of sessions from August 1968 was the first release under his own name. It covers a number of styles and he is still feeling for his own...

This is a truly stupendous archival find, with broad appeal to both jazz and early fusion fans. This never before released album was recorded on October 7th, 1969 by John Surman and British jazz superstars. It is a mix between the vibrancy of late 60's...

Many of you will remember this one from its original lp release on the budget HELP subsidiary of Island, now very happily on CD, as the original lp had a simply awful pressing, which was anathema to the quiet music. This was Surman's first truely solo album, charming pieces for simple synth patterns and a number of reed instruments, recorded through overdubs. Some of it is similar to his later ECM discs.

"Westering Home was originally released in 1972. John Surman plays everything on the album...

This was the third and last of 3 albums that John Surman recorded for Deram, coming out in 1971.
This project is a collaboration with composer/saxist John Warren and it is a really splendid Brit-jazz release, well paced and composed for large ensemble from that golden time, and featuring just an amazing cast of great performers:
Martin Drover, Kenny Wheeler & Harry Becket (trumpets/flugelhorn)
Malcolm Griffiths, Ed Harvey & Danny Almark (trombones)
Mike Osborne (alto & clarinet)...

Keith Tippett-piano, Larry Stabbins-tenor & soprano saxes, Elton Dean-saxello & alto sax, Mark Charig-cornet & tenor horn, Nick Evans-trombone, Paul Rogers-bass, Tony Levin-drums & percussion.

"Originally issued in 1986 as a double LP, “A loose..

While they last, this is $10.00 off the usual price for this classic of Brit-jazz.

This restores to print from the master tapes, and packaged in a nice slipcase, a 1972 "solo" by Keith [it's really the first Ovary Lodge album, with Roy...

Other than the very famous Centipede, this is the largest ensemble that Keith has ever led, with 22 musicians involved. The sound is very full & lyrical, & does bear resemblence to a smaller version of Centipede. Tippett (piano, harmonium), Stan Tracey...

Paul Dunmall tenor & soprano saxes, James Gardiner-Bateman alto sax, Peter Fairclough drums, Kevin Figes alto & baritones saxes, Thad Kelly double bass, Ben Waghorn tenor sax, bass clarinet, Julie Tippetts voice, seed pods, Balinese xylophone, toy...

Limited initial pressing of 999 individually hand-numbered copies!

Recorded live in Piacenza, Italy, this is a 47' improvisation on a Steinway Grand piano by one of the most individualistic and recognizable pianists working today.

Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet/flugel)
Sam Mayne (alto and soprano saxes/clarinet/flute)
James Gardiner-Bateman (alto sax/flute)
Kieran Mcleod (trombone)
Rob Harvey (trombone)
Tom McCredie (bass)
Peter Fairclough (drums/percussion)
Keith Tippett (piano/composer)
with
Julie Tippetts (voice, lyrics)

This is completely great and completely recommended to Brit-jazz fans and jazz fans of all stripes, really.

"Tippett's inspired take on the jazz traditio

Keith Tippett: piano, wood blocks, pebbles, wind chimes, maracca, music boxes, plastic pan pipe.
Julie Tippett: voice, twizzle drum, Little bells, Thumb piano, seedpod shaker, Sri Lakan hand drums, Singing bowls, Tamborine sticks, Balinese...

Recorded live at Ruvo Di Puglia, Italy on September 5, 2004, this exuberant live recording features Keith Tippett conducting and playing piano, Julie Tippetts (vocals), Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums) with Canto General, a 23 piece big band performing...

Out of print for more than a decade but at a great price!

"Perhaps this is the work of a lifetime spent in front of a microphone. Perhaps it is merely another stopping place on the journey, or a report from the outlands and there will be more....

disc 1
Mike Osborne
Outback
disc 2
Howard Riley
Flight
disc 3
John Taylor
Pause, And Think Again

This is three FABULOUS albums from the golden era of UK jazz, released from the masters officially for the first time and with a huge booklet, filled with tons of info and interviews with the musicians and Peter Eden.

"Between 1968-72 Peter Eden produced 20 albums across the broad church of progressive British jazz. It was a unique golden era for jazz-bas

The roots of 'Brit-jazz' are right here. Conditionally recommended!

"First released in May 1961 as a (slightly premature) 10th Anniversary celebration of the famous Soho jazz venue. Founded in 1952, the Flamingo in Wardour Street played host to..

Recorded live at the 10th anniversary of the excellent Brit-jazz Slam Records label, this is all live, unavailable recordings by: Dreamtime (Nick Evans, Keith Tippett, Jim Dvorak, etc), Lol Coxhill/George Haslam/Paul Rutherford, Harrison Smith 4tet, El...

This is a wonderful and brilliant collection of the roots of the Brit-jazz scene, featuring the very beginnings of British jazz modernism, with tracks recorded in 1949-1959.

You can hear these musicians grappling with the implications and...