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Happy Daze + Oh! For The Edge [CD]

Elton Dean Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ogun Records
  • ASIN: B002RAWYY6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nicrotto
2. Seven For Lee
3. Sweet F.A.
4. Three For All
5. Dance
6. Fall In Free
7. Forsoothe
8. M.T.
9. Friday Night Blues
10. Prayer For Jesus

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In London in the late 1970s, punters leaning on the bar at jazz gigs could be heard speculating that if there was any justice, Ninesense would be as much of a draw in New York as in London. This collection of 70s material from the late Soft Machine saxophonist's best band is more than a nostalgia trip it's a ­remarkable pan across the British ­contemporary jazz scene of that era. The nine-piece featured the mercurial free-piano of Keith Tippett, the seismic South African rhythm team of bassist Harry Miller and drummer Louis ­Moholo, the powerful postbop horn-players Alan Skidmore and Harry Beckett, and the eclectic Dean himself. Their ­optimistic free-improv bordered on mayhem at times, but Dean's charts sounding like anything from Thus Spake Zarathustra to a Salvation Army brass band with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill or Mike Gibbs in the middle are blearily majestic. The hotly ascending melody of Seven for Lee is a standout, as is the tumult of piano, bass and drums under Three for All, and ­Tippett's ­astonishing piano shadowing of ­Skidmore on Sweet FA and the South ­African-inflected Dance. FOUR STARS --Guardian

The twinning of these two albums from the late Soft Machine saxophonist Elton Dean for their first CD release gives a vibrant and accurate snapshot of mid-70s London jazz at its experimental best. Here the avant-trickery of Keith Tippett shoes into the rhythmic fire of South African exiles Louis Moholo and Harry Miller, and five brass players spin trenchant solos and rousing improv from Dean s fanfares, laments and rocky riffs. Happy Daze is a warm-hearted, genre-roaming studio recording from 1977, Oh for the Edge an upliftingly raggy live set recorded at the 100 club a few months earlier. FOUR STARS --Financial Times

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days 18 Dec 2009
I believe I saw the band at The Band In The Wall in Manchester in '77 or '78. It was a time of experimentation in jazz that saw fusion with rock, free and Township music, some of which has stood the test of time. I'd really enjoyed Keith Tippett's groups, prior to this line-up; his rolling chord technique set up a powerful base for the collective riffs/themes and the often anarchic solo imrovisations. Containing some of the same players, Ninesense was even better, sounding at times like a trad band on LSD; always highly entertaining, despite the intentional lack of complex chord changes and melodies. There was a joy and energy about the music and an infectious interaction between the band members. Oh yes, and the 'rhythm section' was awesome! Moholo, Miller and Tippett were exceptional in their ability to generate excitement.
Anyone who'd grown up with the 'new' British jazz from the mid-60s onwards would have had no difficulty listening to and enjoying this band. Unfortunately, as with experiments in other areas, such as Progressive Rock, this was something of a swan song for such music. At the end of the gig at BITW, Alan Skidmore left the stage playing Body And Soul, which amused everyone; someone else retorted with "Play a tune, you b***ers!", to equal amusement. A great time was had by all.
In the next decade and beyond, the fun of such music was largely replaced by more serious or retrospective styles. So, are Ninesense relevant today? Does the music stand up? It's probably as bewildering to a new listener as it would have been to my dad - but I love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have. 7 Dec 2009
I saw this band at Lincoln Art College back in 1978 when I was studying. This group (the concert and the people playing the music) changed my whole life and so I ended becoming a professional musician - whatever that means. However the music on these albums stayed with me and I listened to umpteen vinyl copies whilst at music college and in later years. Every-time I heard the first album (Happy Daze) I was amazed at how it kept it's freshness. The solos are without pretensions and the group playing is just sublime ....... and very powerful.

The second (in fact the first) album 'Oh, for the Edge' is also excellent but due to the live recording the sound quality isn't so good (although good for the period).

As for the music - stylistically - the best way to describe it is modern/free. The music passes from very free moments to strong melodic riffing and solos. Of course anybody who knows anything about the UK jazz scene in the 60s/70s will recognize the players and probably will also of heard this mythic band.

Those who are interested by Soft Machine, Brotherhood of Breath, Mingus etc should get themselves a copy ....... don't hesitate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it! 27 Aug 2010
I remember buying this music on vinyl, but I had forgotten just how good it is. All of the players are (or were - some have passed away) virtuosos and the combination of structure and free blowing is just right for my taste. All the soloing is fantastic, but the revelation for me was Tippet's piano. Check out his solo on Seven for Lee in particular, although his playing throughout is splendid - as is the case for all the musicians involved. If you have any liking for the jazz of this era this is a must buy.
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