Brit-Jazz and related

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 ...

Sensible Shoes is the fourth album by this London quartet of dual alto saxes, Fender Rhodes & keyboards, bass and drums. It is a cataclysmic offering of jazz-rock, free-jazz, avant-skronk, funk-rock, art-noise and whatever else they can lay their hands on. A tremendously popular act at home in the UK, where they regularly play large-scale festivals and concert halls (as well as playing the typical club gigs that all musicians play), Sensible Shoes is their first recording to be released outside of the UK...

A truly great new studio release by the MIGHTY BIB!

"Easily the most adventurous and audacious outfit on today’s UK jazz scene, Led Bib has built a reputation over the course of seven albums for expansive improvisations and treks into genre-defying music of throbbing intensity. All Music Guide called their singular brand of jazz “explosive enough to blow up your speakers” while The Wire weighed in with: “This is the sound of a band having fun...like a hot chainsaw through butter.” For their...

A truly great new studio release by the MIGHTY BIB, and for the first four weeks only, this is $3.00 off the regular price!

"Easily the most adventurous and audacious outfit on today’s UK jazz scene, Led Bib has built a reputation over the course of seven albums for expansive improvisations and treks into genre-defying music of throbbing intensity. All Music Guide called their singular brand of jazz “explosive enough to blow up your speakers” while The Wire weighed in with: “This is the sound....

NOTE: We have exactly 30 copies at this very, very special price and when they are gone, the price will go up to our ‘normal’ ESP price of $14.00!

Alan Skidmore-tenor sax
John Surman-baritone and soprano sax
Peter Lemer-piano
Tony Reeves-bass
Jon Hiseman-drums

The core of this group -- John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Peter Lemer, Tony Reeves, and Jon Hiseman -- recorded an LP titled Local Colour for ESP-Disk' in 1966. Pianist and leader Lemer was one of the founding

Half-correct, pirated versions of test-pressings of this album have circulated among collectors of Brit-jazz for literally 4 decades(!) - I had a cassette of one-such 'test pressing' for over 20 years (on the other side was the unreleased session that...

Half-correct pirated versions of test-pressings of this album have circulated among collectors of Brit-jazz for literally 4 decades(!) - I had a cassette of one such 'test pressing' for over 20 years (on the other side was the unreleased session that we eventually released as "Way Back When" by John Surman!) - but this is the first time that the entire album has ever been heard - and from the original master tapes! Includes short but very insightful commentary from the album's producer, Joe Boyd. This...

Despite the fact that for some reason this album was released as being by ‘The Chris McGregor Group’, this is, in fact, the ONLY album ever made by Chris and The Blue Notes in the 1960s (there are some live recordings that were released later, but this is essentially IT!)
These is the only recordings by the band who left apartheid South Africa (McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Ronnie Beer, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo) to play at the Antibes Jazz Fest and eventually found their way to London...

South African pianist and composer Chris McGregor led the racially mixed Blue Notes in South Africa in the early 1960's. But touring and performing proved difficult, and tiring of continuous government harassment, in 1964 McGregor and the band’s core members left their South African homeland. They settled in London in 1966 where they befriended many in the city’s emerging avant-garde jazz community and made a huge impact on London’s jazz scene. He founded the big-band Brotherhood of Breath..

The rarest album by The Brotherhood of Breath (I never have actually held an lp copy in my hand!) and the final release that features most of the original players (there were reformations and 80s versions of the band, but this May, 1977 recording has...

South African born and raised pianist/bandleader Chris McGregor formed the racially mixed Blue Notes in the early 1960's, touring and trying to get by in extremely difficult political circumstances as best they could. By 1964, facing continous governme...

Extrapolation was McLaughlin's first solo album, recorded in the UK in April, 1969, before he moved to the USA to play with Miles and then with Tony Williams. It's a great, swinging album of Brit-jazz, with John playing extremely impressively on both electric and acoustic, also featuring John Surman (soprano and baritone sax), Brian Odgers (bass) and Tony Oxley (drums).

Bo Meson – voice, software instruments
Wolfgang Seel – voice
Peter Rophone – choral voices
Martin Archer – Bb and bass clarinets, software instruments
Graham Clark – violin
Maja Bugge – cello

“Collaborations between poet / composer Bo Meson and composer Martin Archer tend to stray into odd places where neither of them would normally venture, and when they meet up normal rules cease to apply. Quite how the initial idea for this piece, inspired by the odd fact that Matt

"Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami is nothing less than an unalloyed force of nature; a skin-shredding blast of frozen wind from the poor, rural north of Japan that he calls home. In the late 1960s, like thousands of other Japanese young people Mikami made his way to Tokyo in search of a life different from that of his parents. Since then he has forcefully carved out a space for himself in the culture as a modernist poet, a raging folk singer, an author, an actor, an engaging TV personality, and one of...

Totally great selection in very, very good to excellent sound, of pieces by Harry and his great, under-recorded band Isipingo, including over 20' of very early recordings from June 4, 1973, with the unique line-up of Harry Miller-bass, Louis Moholo...

Great, live sound and also a great performance. Last time ever on this wonderful release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

Previously unreleased recordings by Isipingo. While Cuneiform's "Which Way Now" release presents an...

"The British have a long history of putting the conventions of jazz-rock fusion to better use than their American counterparts do, and guitarist/composer Phil Miller is a case in point. Leading a sextet he calls In Cahoots, Miller offers a solid set of muscular, no-nonsense modern jazz that delivers plenty of intellectual interest without ever descending into navel-gazing solo wankery and without ever sacrificing its powerful groove. True, much of this stuff is most definitely music for musicians...

Great, live sound and also a great performance. Last time ever on this wonderful release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

"Pianist Steve Miller (1943-1998) formed his trio in the mid-eighties after a lengthy hiatus for...

“Phil Minton is a jazz/free-improvising vocalist and trumpeter. He is a highly dramatic baritone who tends to specialize in literary texts: he has sung lyrics by William Blake with Mike Westbrook's group, Daniil Kharms and Joseph Brodsky with Simon Nabatov, and extracts from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake with his own ensemble. Minton is perhaps best known, however, for his completely free-form work, which involves "extended techniques" that can be as unsettling as they can be mesmerising. His vocals...

Subtitled "Louis Moholo-Moholo meets Mervyn Africa - Pule Pheto - Keith Tippett", this is over 75' of drum and piano duets with Mervyn Africa (14'), Pule Pheto (17') and 45' - a full album in other words - of his work with long time partner and pal Kei...

Three well known British players(Moholo-drums, Parker-saxes & Guy-bass) + African newcomers Pule Pheto-piano & Gibo Phetond bass. Variations of solos, duo, trios, quartet, & over 45 minutes by the full five piece band.

This mid-sized band, features African-tinged jazz, ala The Brotherhood Of Breath. What a thrill it must have been for Louis to return to South Africa 3 decades after leaving because of apartheid to do this tour! Louis Moholo, leader, drums, vocals; The...

Alexander Hawkins-piano, John Edwards-bass, Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums, Jason Yarde-saxes.

"It’s the feeling that differentiates free jazz and its offshoots from every other species of contemporary western music: the sensation that the body and...

This double CD presents two seperate sessions, both led by drummer Moholo. Spirits Rejoice is from 1978 and is an all-star Brit-jazz session (Evan Parker, Kenny Wheeler, Nick Evans, Radu Malfatti, Keith Tippett, Johnny Dyani and Harry Miller), while Br...

Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums, voice.
Dudu Pukwana-alto sax, piano, whistle, voice.
Johnny Dyani- double bass, piano, voice.
Rev. Frank Wright-tenor sax, double bass, voice.

Recorded live in Eindhoven, Holland on June 22, 1979, this

Jason Yarde - saxes
Shabaka Hutchings - saxes
Alexander Hawkins - piano
John Edwards - bass
Louis Moholo-Moholo - drums

. "Well over 50 years after leaving apartheid South Africa behind and traveling to Europe with his Blue Notes bandmates, ALL of whom are gone, drummer Moholo-Moholo is still leading great bands with great players, some known to me and some not.
Somehow, all these years later and with a crew of native-born Brits, Louis and the crew manage to dig into and gi

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...

Side A/B recorded in mono in London on 4 July 1969.
Side C/D recorded in stereo in London on 18 June 1970.

“This recording predates the Music Improvisation Company's only other release, the eponymous ECM outing, indicates a clear intention to stake out territory for European free improvisation markedly different from that of the (American) free jazz it sprang from. The African-American heritage that led to jazz was melodious, vocal, field holler/church-inflected, and the Germans and the...

Frank van der Kooij - tenor & soprano saxophone / bass clarinet
Hugh Hopper - bass
Robert Jarvis - trombone
Paul Maassen - synths & piano
Kim Weemhoff - drums
Niels Brouwer - guitar
Henk de Laat - double bass (on 'The City')

This is quite a treat to see come out 15 years after the band originally ended! This is a professional sounding live recording of what both Frank and Hugh remembered as being one of the band’s best gigs! Plus Ravel, which is quietly impressive (ju

Frank van der Kooij - tenor & soprano saxophone / bass clarinet
Hugh Hopper - bass
Robert Jarvis - trombone
Paul Maassen - synths & piano
Kim Weemhoff - drums
Niels Brouwer - guitar
Henk de Laat - double bass (on 'The City')

This is quite a treat to see come out 15 years after the band originally ended! This is a professional sounding live recording of what both Frank and Hugh remembered as being one of the band’s best gigs! Plus Ravel, which is quietly impressive (ju

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 and includes a 12 page booklet with notes and archival images. Highly recommended.

"Reissued for the first time, The New Jazz Orchestra's 1968 release 'Le Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe' features key players in modern British jazz including Henry Lowther...

BACK IN STOCK FOR THE FINAL TIME, AS THE 500 COPIES THAT WERE MADE ARE SOLD OUT!

Ian Carr - trumpet
Brian Smith - tenor sax. soprano sax & flute
Karl Jenkins - oboe & electric piano
Hywel Thomas - electric piano
Roy Babbington - bass
John Marshall - drums
Vic Higgins – percussion

This is a hugely fascinating release on several levels; we know that guitarist Chris Spedding left the band sometime in early 1971 and for their first post-Spedding tour of...

This was issued on CD in 2006 as “Hemispheres” and is high quality soundboard tapes of the original line-up in March 1970 & February 1971.

“The large ensemble harnesses a hybrid patchwork of electro-acoustic textures that brings to mind the spacey explorations of Alice Coltrane, Terry Riley, Tangerine Dream, Can et al. Choirs, choppy strings, throbbing beats, dreamy vocals and snarling bass rise and soar into bold themes creating a diverse and thrilling listen.” - SID SMITH, PROG

This is one of three albums cut by altoist Mike Osborne for Ogun and everyone agrees that this is the best of them. Recorded live at Willisau, Switzerland on April 13, 1975, this isn't the world's highest fidelity recording; the meters veer dangerously...

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...

This was the first release by British alto saxist Osborne under his own name, and was issued on the very rare (and short lived) Turtle label. It is reissued here from the master tapes in its full glory of two sidelong tracks.
Osborne had been playing with the Brotherhood of Breath, and this album sort of turned into a subgroup of the Brotherhood. Originally conceived in 1970 as a trio disc with bassist Harry Miller and drummer Louis Moholo, when the date actually arrived, along also came trumpeter...

Mike Osborne - Alto Sax
Harry Miller – Bass
Tony Levin - Drums

“The Seventies should be acknowledged as a landmark period in creative music making in Britain and a potent influence throughout Europe. Whilst not economic paradise there was quite a bit of public funding beginning to come to jazz but the most important support was (and still is) the networks of dedicated individuals throughout the country that provided unstinting support and platforms for the artists.
A prime mover...

Tony Oxley - percussion, electronics, violin
Barry Guy - double bass, bass guitar
Philipp Wachsmann - violin
David Bourne - violin
Ian Brighton - electric guitar

“A reissue of the Incus Records LP, originally released in 1977. Crisply recorded in Vangelis’ London studio, and mastered for re-release under Oxley’s personal supervision.
This album is a classic example of UK free improvisation by one of the originators of that style, with the added dimension that the play

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...

“John Cale, the co-founder of The Velvet Underground, left the group in 1968 after tensions between himself and Lou Reed became intolerable; neither had much charitable to say about one other after that, and they seemed to share only one significant area of agreement -- they both maintained a great respect and admiration for Andy Warhol, the artist whose patronage of the group helped them reach their first significant audience.
So it was fitting that after Warhol's death in 1987, Reed and Cale began..

“Due to overwhelming demand for Jazzman Records' five-LP boxset, here are the first ever official individual reissues of all five of the iconic Lansdowne recording sessions by the legendary UK jazz combo, the Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet. The five albums have reached almost mythical status in the collector's world. Regarded as holy grail artifacts for even the seasoned aficionado, the collective second-hand market value comes to an astonishing £6000.
Jazzman Records located and acquired the original..

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 Rendell Ian Carr Quintet. Formed in 1964 by modernists Don Rendell (saxes/flutes) and the late Ian Carr (trumpet/flugelhorn), their quintet was perfected by the tremendous rhythm section of composer Michael Garrick (piano), Dave Green (double bass) and Trevor ...

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...

Originally released on the Turtle label, and making its first-ever vinyl reissue here, Flight must be considered one of Howard Riley’s most important documents. Recorded in 1971, the music represents a transitional period in Howard’s trio sound, this session also includes the input of Tony Oxley’s electronic frame and amplification and Barry Guy’s amplifier and foot pedal.

"...in the course of one improvisation we can use instrumental sounds traditionally association with music, or sounds....

"A reissue of a recording first released in 1983, For Four on Two Two is Howard Riley's ninth solo piano album (he made roughly one a year from 1972 onwards) and, as Dave Ilic pointed out in his original liner-note (expanded by a Wire article in autumn 1983), it is a prime example of the power and vitality consequent upon Riley's 'orchestral-style use of the piano'. Riley himself, in the above-mentioned article, throws more light on his approach: 'playing in groups – you were expected to fulfil a...

Paul Dunmall (saxophones)
Paul Rogers (6-string bass)
Tony Bianco (drums)

"A superbly recorded slice of free improvisation from three of the leading exponents of creative music. Recorded at the Jackson lane venue in Highgate, London during a wonderful free improv event organised by the music specialist record shop Sound 323. Seperated into three sections, the performance begins with a performance of Tony Biancos Drone style drumming, followed by Paul Rogers and Paul Dunmall’s exquisite..

“In 1988, guitarist/composer Ray Russell climbed onto the Montreux Jazz Festival stage with a crack band comprised of rhythm team Mo Foster and Simon Phillips, trumpeter Stuart Brooks, and keyboardists Tommy Eyre and Tony Hymas. The success of their show convinced Russell to capture this unit for posterity, and bolstered by saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Tony Roberts, the group entered the studio. A Table Near the Band was the result, a set originally released in 1989 and now reissued by Angel....