Brit-Jazz and related

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Nearly an hour of vibrant work from Louis'current group includes Jason Yarde on soprano, alto and baritone sax, Ntshuks Bonga on alto and tenor, Pule Pheto on piano, Orphy Robinson on vibes, John Edwards on bass and Francine Luce on vocals.

This is definitely one of Louis' strongest efforts as a leader and features a fine cast:
Louis Moholo-Moholo-drums
Jason Yarde & Ntshuks Bonga-saxophones
Henry Lowther-trumpet
Alan Tomlinson-trombone
Francine Luce-voice...

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...

Keith Tippett : piano
Tony Levin : drums
Paul Dunmall : soprano and tenor saxophones, bagpipes
Paul Rogers : 7-string acoustic bass

For over 20 years, Mujician set a gold standard for intuitive, highly spiritual, and near-clairvoyant communication within an improvising ensemble. Composed of four of the biggest names in the European jazz and improvised music community - Paul Dunmall, Tony Levin, Paul Rogers, and Keith Tippett – this “super group”

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...

“Limited 12CD set comprising music and interviews drawn from BBC radio program broadcast between 1970 and 1991.
Over 13 hours of music expertly remastered and restored by Eroc, collated from such seminal shows as Top Gear, Sounds of the 70s and Jazz in Britain. Disc 10 comprises an exciting collection of entirely improvised works, never released on CD.
Liner notes by Roger Farbey, author of Elastic Dream: The Music of Ian Carr - A Critical Discography.
Formed by trumpeter and future Miles...

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.

“From the wild cover to the iconic breakbeats, Roots is thick, funky-prog jazz-rock heaven. Originally released on Vertigo in 1973. , genius trumpeter and visionary composer Ian Carr was a true pioneer and saw the potential in fusing the worlds of jazz with rock, just as Miles Davis and The Tony Williams Lifetime did in the US. In late 1969, following the demise of the Rendell-Carr quintet, and tiring of British jazz, Carr assembled the legendary Nucleus. Under bandleader Carr, Nucleus existed as a...

“This features every track from the highly celebrated albums “Elastic Rock”, “We’ll Talk About It Later”, “Solar Plexus”, “Belladonna”, “Labyrinth”, “Roots”, “Under The Sun”, “Snakehips Etcetera” & “Alleycat”, all newly re-mastered from the original Vertigo master tapes.
This re-mastered 6 CD clamshell box set celebrates the vision and genius of Ian Carr and all the musicians associated with Nucleus During the period the band recorded its most influential work. “Torrid Zone” features an illustrated...

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...

“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 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