I thoroughly enjoyed this album and bought CDs by Neil Ardley, Mike Westbrook and Amancio D'Silva on the strength of it. I will probably buy stuff by Garrick and Carr (who died in '69).
I am a little perplexed about never having heard of most of these people before buying this CD. There is genius in some of this music.
I have been collecting jazz records since '73, and the only British jazz I own from this era is by McLaughlin, Wheeler, Dave Holland, Ian Carr / Nucleus, Stan Tracey and Mike Gibbs. If I had been aware this talent existed I would not have wasted my time buying all those sterile ECM and silly Keith Jarrett records (especially the ones with Dewey Redman, but also the solo piano stuff).
You have to blame the BBC who had a monopoly on the media in those days, but also the British jazz critics. As a Brit living in the US I have concluded that they are far too infatuated with what is happening in the US, and don't apreciate the UK scene enough.
The only British publication that gets time over here is the Penguin Guide to Jazz. While it fawns over mediocrities like John Scofield, MMW, Charlie Hunter and Ron Miles. They ignore a lot of British talent. I conclude that British jazz will probably always be underated. This album, however is a revalation and worth hearing.