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✨✧ VariousJourneys In Modern Jazz – Great Britain 1965 to 1972 ... CD
Universal (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous tribute to a fantastic moment in jazz – the explosion of new sounds that happened in the British scene from the late 60s onward – a moment of music that barely touched our shores, but which was equally important to the changes taking place in modern jazz in the US! England got on the jazz bandwagon pretty quickly in earlier years – but for decades, most of their music was pretty tied to American styles – ties that broke strongly with work like this – which opened up all these new rhythms, patterns, and possibilities for expression – at a level that the British scene maybe never hit this strongly again! The collection features some incredibly well-chosen tracks that really illustrate the depth of this musical moment – including work from the legendary Landsdowne Series of recordings, and tracks from other labels too – all brought together with detailed notes that really illuminate the music. Titles include "Old San Juan" by Alan Skidmore, "Third Road" by Harry Beckett, "Matinee Days" by Stan Tracey, "Second Coming" by Michael Garrick, "Storm Warning" by Dick Morrissey, "To Segovia" by Mike Taylor, "A Matter Of Time" by Don Rendell, "Brew" by Colin Bates, "With Terry's Help" by John Surman & John Warren, "Waltz" by Mike Westbrook, Greek Variations/VI Kriti (edit)" by Neil Ardley, "Angle" by New Jazz Orchestra, "Don The Dreamer" by Kenny Wheeler & John Dankworth, and "Some Echoes Some Shadows" by Michael Gibbs. CD

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Neil ArdleyKaleidoscope Of Rainbows – QEH 20th Oct 75 ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 26.99
A rare live performance of material that was originally conceived for the Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows album by British jazzman Neil Ardley – performed here at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with a sound and vibe that's even more striking than the famous record release of the music! The set begins with some incredible percussion – courtesy of Roger Sellers and Trevor Tomkins – almost echoing a gamelan style, with vibes and other instruments making great sounds – as electric piano and other keys come into the mix, courtesy of Geoff Castle and Dave McRae, while the sound is woven with bass guitar from Roger Sutten and guitar from Ken Shaw – all to blossom from reed contributions from Tony Coe, Brian Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Bob Bertles, topped with sublime trumpet from the great Ian Carr! The sound is wonderful throughout – even augmented by a bit of cello from Paul Buckminster – and the mix of electric and acoustic elements is very much in the best mode that made Ardley a real standout in this generation of British jazz. The suite features 16 passages in all – a great double-length set! CD

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Mike GibbsRevisiting Tanglewood 63 – The Early Tapes ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
A great precursor to the legendary album Tanglewood 63 – one of the touchstones of British jazz at the start of the 70s, and a masterpiece from trombonist/arranger Mike Gibbs! The tracks here are live studio takes on some of the tunes that appeared on the set, plus other material too – all crafted with Gibbs' stunning sense of color and tone, as he brings together free-thinking acoustic jazz musicians with a few slight electric touches from Chris Spedding on guitar, Mick Pyne on organ, and Roy Babbington on organ – players who really help state the fact that the music is new and different, but never in a more familiar jazz-rock way! The horn players are excellent too – and in addition to Gibbs on trombone, the set features work from Henry Lowther and Harry Beckett on trumpets, Chris Pyne and Malcolm Griffiths on trombones, and Alan Skidmore, Stan Sulzman, Tony Roberts, and Jim Phillip on reeds. Drums are by John Marshall on most tracks, and Frank Ricotti adds in a lot of cool percussion – including some mighty nice vibes – on titles that include "Canticle", "Country Roads", "Sojurn", "Five For England", "Fanfare", "June The 15th 1967", and "Tanglewood 63". CD
Also available Revisiting Tanglewood 63 – The Early Tapes ... LP 34.99

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Joe HarriottJoe Harriott – Chronology Live 1968/1969 ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.98
Unreleased work from alto genius Joe Harriott – two different slices of material from a very under-recorded point in his career! The first five tracks feature Joe in that back to basics mode he was hitting at the time – working in a unique group that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn, Pat Smythe on piano, Ron Mathewson on bass, and Bill Eyden on drums – all players who are very open to modern ideas, but who also keep things on more of a groove here – with only a bit of the freedom that Harriott was bringing to his music a few years before! And yet there's still a great tension that makes the set great – swinging jazz mixed with modernism – on titles that include the Horace Silver tunes "Down & Out" and "Psychedelic Sally", plus "WSIMC", "Chronology", and "Shadows". The remaining two tracks on the set feature Joe in a very different setting – the large group of Harry South – the kind of mod jazz in 60s London, working here with a superb lineup that also features Kenny Wheeler and Ian Hamer on trumpets, Ray Warleigh on alto and flute, and Tubby Hayes and Alan Skidmore on tenor saxes! Tunes include the very swinging "Themeology" by South – plus a richly full take on "My Man's Gone Now". CD

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Holdsworth/Warleigh/Mathewson/SpringWarleigh Manor – The Ron Mathewson Tapes Vol 1 ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99 20.99
Really unique work from legendary guitarist Allan Holdsworth – a return to much more adventurous jazz music after years of famous material in a rock-fusion mode – working here alongside reedman Ray Warleigh – who is also at his most expressive as well! The tapes were recorded sometime in 1979, and show that in the most important corners of the British jazz scene, the adventurous spirit of the late 60s was alive and well – as Holdsworth shifts between guitar and some amazing sounds on violin, Warleigh plays saxes and flute, Bryan Spring handles drums, and bass is from Ron Mathewson – who managed to get the whole thing down on tape! The title track "Warleigh Manor" runs for almost 40 minutes in length, and features the musicians stretching out, but never in a way that's totally free – maybe held together by some especially soulful currents from Warleigh on flute. That instrument gets a bit more strong showcase on the added 8 minutes of "Outtakes & Studio Chatter" – which really shows some of the creative spirit that went into the main recording. CD

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Don Rendell/Ian Carr QuintetBlue Beginnings ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
Genius early work from this legendary British jazz combo – material recorded right before the release of their classic Shades Of Blue album – which marked a huge watershed in European modern jazz! The tracks here were recorded live on the BBC, and have the group stepping out in their really unique blend of modern ideas and straighter swing – the kinds of sounds that could only have been carried off so well by Ian Carr on trumpet and Don Rendell on tenor and soprano sax – both players with deeper roots in British jazz, but really ready to try something new! The rest of the group here features Colin Purbrook on piano, Dave Green on bass, and Trevor Tompkins on drums – and the set's overflowing with great original numbers that bristle with fantastic interplay between the horns. Titles include "Garrison 64", "Blue Doom", "Latin Blue", "Sailin", and "Big City Strut" – plus a version of the Neil Ardley tune "Shades Of Blue", and a nice take on "Autumn Leaves". CD

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Ray RussellForget To Remember – Live Vol 2 1970 ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
Some of the greatest work we've ever heard from legendary British guitarist Ray Russell – a set that was not issued to the public at the time, but recorded especially for the BBC – and with a sound that's every bit as striking as his famous albums for CBS! There's maybe a slightly more inside vibe going on here – music that often has these nice modal currents, but still delivered with plenty of Ray's unusual flair and style on the guitar – in a lineup that also includes the great Harry Beckett on trumpet and flugelhorn, plus Tony Roberts on saxes, Nick Evans on trombone, Daryl Runswick on bass, and Alan Rushton on drums – a lineup who seem to understand each other intimately, whether in moments of free improvisation or cohesive swing! The record's a great addition to Russell's too-small catalog from this time – and titles include "Disinterested Bystander", "The Third Real", "Forget To Remember", "Triple Goddess", and "Rites & Rituals". CD features two alternate tracks, too. CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Mike TaylorMandala ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1965. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
Crucial early work from British pianist Mike Taylor – an artist who gave the world two classic albums of avant jazz in the late 60s, worked famously with both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce – then seemingly disappeared for the rest of his time on the planet! This never-issued set predates all of Taylor's famous (and few) other recordings – and has Mike recorded in 1965 with a quartet that's brimming over with energy and new ideas – really leaping into the fray with the talents of drummer Jon Hiseman, who recorded the date – alongside bassist Tony Reeves, Taylor on piano, and Dave Tomlin on some superb soprano sax – used in an open, searching mode that's clearly inspired by John Coltrane, but with all this specific phrasing of his own that's totally great! The album's maybe slightly more inside than Taylor's later work, with a definite modal vibe – and the set features the long titles "Half Blue", "Folk Dance #1", "Son Of Red Blues", and "Mandala" – plus a version of "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Tubby HayesFree Flight ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1972. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
British tenor giant Tubby Hayes left the planet all too soon – passing away at the age of 38 in 1973 – but right up to the end, he continued to blow away most of his contemporaries – as you'll hear from this set of unreleased live material from 1972! The recording is from a time when Hayes was actually coming back out of a bit of time away from the scene – recuperating from heart issues that were soon to take away his life – and the period is almost a return to the basics of Tubby's breakout recordings of the late 50s – when he emerged as a tenor soloist to rival American greats like Sonny Rollins or Dexter Gordon! You can definitely hear that quality here, as Tubbs takes on some older standards, plus a few originals – and spins out these wonderful long solos that never fair for imagination or soulful expression – and which also feature some occasional great moments on flute too. The group is a very familiar one – Mike Pyne on piano, Tony Levin on drums, and Ron Mathewson on pass – who happened to record the proceedings over the course of two nights at Ronnie Scotts. Titles include long takes on "Lady Celia", "Trane's Blues", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "Trenton Place", and "I Thought About You" – plus two shorter incomplete tracks, "Seven Steps To Heaven" and "Sienna Red". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Ian Carr Double QuintetSolar Sessions ... CD
Jazz In Britain (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The group's listed here as the Double Quintet of trumpeter Ian Carr, but the sound is right next to the best work of his Nucleus group for Vertigo Records – a groundbreaking blend of jazz and electric elements, served up in a style that's very different from American work of the time! At one level, Carr and his group mates have this sophisticated style that's awash in complicated colors and very rich tones – but at another, they're able to open up and really let things fly – not really in prog directions, or avant improvisation either – but with a very freewheeling spirit that has Ian and the group exploding with new ideas all the way through! Other players include Harry Beckett on trumpet, Brian Smith on tenor and soprano, Tony Roberts on tenor and bass clarinet, and the electric core of Chris Spedding on guitar, Ron Matthewson on electric bass, and Karl Jenkins on electric piano – on long takes of tracks that include "Element 1", "Bedrock Deadlock", "Torso", "Snakehips Dream", and "Spirit Level". First-ever release – pulled from a well-recorded radio session in 1970! CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)
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VariousBlack Riot – Early Jungle, Rave, & Hardcore ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 90s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Amazing sounds from a time when the London scene really took off – when it left behind some of its slavish love of American sounds in previous decades, and exploded with blinding dancefloor energy of its own! The music here represents a true UK hybrid – crafted after years of American house hitting the UK shores, transforming into the happier grooves of the early e-driven years, all while Thatcher's Britain kept stepping further into the dark. Enter the sounds of the city – a new wave of electric energy that was instantly urban and cosmic at the same time – beats that were as bold as hip hop, but even faster than house music – balanced by heavy-stepping, bass-bottom cuts that represented a far evolution beyond more familiar dub! The mix of modes set a fire that was heard around the world – leading to rhythmic changes for decades to come – and this great little package samples some of the best from the underground at the time, a scene that was already getting plenty of its own inspiration from the young Soul Jazz label. Titles include "Durban Poison" by Babylon Timewarp, "The Smokers Rhythm" by Rhythm For Reasons, "Snowball Remix" by Trip One, "Time & Age" by The Freaky, "Tings A Go On" by DJ Dubplate, "RK1" by The Terrorist, "Way Of Life" by New Vision, "Chill Out" by Hi Fi Power, "House Sensation" by Nu Jacks, and "Burial" by Leviticus. CD
(Initial copies come with a very cool graphic novel!)
Also available Black Riot – Early Jungle, Rave, & Hardcore (with bonus download) ... LP 32.99

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