Dean, Elton / Ninesense - Happy Daze + Oh! For the Edge

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Finally available again after being unavailable for nearly 30 years are the two albums by the group that, had you asked Elton Dean what was the musical association/group he had been a part of that he was most proud of, Ninesense would probably have been the answer. I know, because I asked him!

Ninesense were a combination of the original Keith Tippett Group with many of the players from the Brotherhood of Breath and it combined the sound of both of those groups, along with Elton's compositional and band-leadership direction into something that had its own voice. And jeez, what a band - who else in modern 1970s British jazz do you want to see besides: Elton Dean alto sax, saxello, Alan Skidmore tenor sax, Harry Beckett trumpet, flugelhorn, Mark Charig trumpet, tenor horn Nick Evans trombone, Radu Malfatti trombone , Keith Tippett piano, Harry Miller bass, Louis Moholo drums? The band didn't get enough gigs and didn't last as long as I know Elton would have hoped, but these two albums - presented here in full - are a fine legacy that now we can all hear! Highly recommended.

“This band is the first that gets close to mirroring the totality of the London jazz scene in all its diversity, vitality and strength of character.”-Steve Lake


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This is an absolutely fantastic record. A must-have for any self-respecting fan of Elton Dean.
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