Brit-Jazz and related

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....

A late-period "Landsdown" recording, unavailable on CD for years and years is repackaged with previously unheard work!

Dhammapada (1976) - 40th anniversary edition
London Music Fusions:
Chris Taylor flute
Henry Lowther trumpet
Tony Coe sax, clarinet
Clem Alford sitar
Dreschen Theaker tabla
Neil Colon sarod, tanpura
John Leach koto, cheng
Zack Laurence piano
Toni Campo bass
Harold Fisher drums
Tristan Fry percussion
Gary Kettel percuss

This is a major addition to the Brit-jazz CD cannon. This is one of two solo piano recordings by the great pianist, composer and bandleader from South Africa and it's the best recorded of the two. This has =30' of previously unheard material from the...

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...

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..

These are the earliest available recordings by Chris McGregor and some of the musicians who would later form The Blue Notes in South Africa, flee to Europe due to apartheid, eventually settle in London and totally shake up and influence the early Brit-jazz scene and eventually metamorphose into the Brotherhood Of Breath.

This is a recording September 1963 of a big band- Chris' earliest big band experience - that was assembled specifically for a jazz festival (sponsored by a beer company...

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 e...

"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...

Bassist Harry Miller was born in South Africa, but he was the Brit-jazz bassist throughout the 1970s, playing with John Surman, Centipede, Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett, Mike Osborne, King Crimson, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, among many others, as well as co-founding the legendary Ogun label, which did so much to document the Brit-jazz scene in the 1970s.
Harry's group, Isipingo, which he led for a number of years, could be compared to a smaller-scale...

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...

Guitarist and composer Phil Miller made his name as guitarist with the legendary Canterbury bands Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North and National Health.
After the demise of National Health, he began preparing for a solo career that began with Cutting Both Ways and continues to this day. This was the first album released under his own name, and the first album to feature his band In Cahoots, who are pretty much of a supergroup themselves...

"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...

The last release by Phil and In Cahoots - one of the last electric jazz/jazz-rock bands standing with any ties to the 'Canterbury scene' - features a more floating personnel: The basic band is now Phil Miller-guitar, Fred Baker-bass, Mark Fletcher-drums, Peter Lemer-keyboards, Simon Finch-trumpet, Simon Picard-sax, with guest spots from Doug Boyle-guitar, Richard Sinclair-bass, Didier Malhere-soprano sax, flute, doudouk & ocarina, Dave Stewart-tuned percussion and Barbara Gaskin-voice. Typically...

Guitarist Phil Miller is - of course - one of the living personifications of the Canterbury scene, having been in Matching Mole, National Health, Hatfield and the North and many other excellent, related ensembles and projects.

This live...

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...

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...

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...

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 &...

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...

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...


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...

Until this reissue, this was a very scarce album from the early 90's, very similar in spirit & intent to Soft Heap or Soft Head, & featuring drummer Pip, Paul Rogers-double bass, Elton Dean-saxes, Sophia Domancich-piano.

"A real gem from jazzier climes than we've heard for a while. Equip Out's debut album from 1985 (with Pyle, Dean, Hopper and Malherbe) was not a totally convincing amalgam of several Canterbury luminaries: the parts were greater than the sum. This second album, however, throws...

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...

This was the very first album by Howard Riley and it also represents the first commercially released recording of both Barry Guy and Howard (also appearing is the original drummer of the trio, Jon Hiseman, who left before further recordings by the group).
Very interesting to hear this avant group tackle and disect standards like "Nardis", "What's New" and "Sweet and Lovely"! Recorded 12/29/67, and as a bonus, it includes previously unheard recordings of Howard, Malcolm Kaye (bass) and Ray Binns...

"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...

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 set was recorded live at Sylvester's, York University, Toronto (Canada), on February 23, 1977, and released two years later. It features Howard Riley at the piano, alone, in two extended improvisations of 27 and 23 minutes. The recording quality i...

An album for multiple overdubbed pianos, originally released in 1981.