This disc presents a very creative period of British jazz combos from early 60s to 70s.From introduction of such legend like was Mike Taylor(wrote with Ginger Baker something!)to interesting oriental-influenced piece of Amancio D`Silva with Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet.Every performer is known in jazz circles,but only here ,we can hear rare connections such as Gary Windo`s Symbiosis,Henry Lowther-Lyn Dobson Quintet,Graham Collier with Norma Winstone...etc. Unfortunately,this is probably the last compact edition from excellent Reel Recordings and maybe the best from their archives.Worth to have in every serious jazz collection.
The product review above is absolutely spot on - if you like this period of British jazz, this is for you. As far as I know, these are all on CD, or even released, for the first time and feature most of the greats from the period including a number who later featured in, perhaps better known, bands such as Soft Machine, Ninesense etc. Although not entirely clear until you get inside the gatefold sleeve, these are all "field" recordings on, generally, pretty primitive equipment - consequently the sound quality is pretty basic, to put it politely. Don't let this put you off, the music is fantastic, and all the better for its live, archival quality. I have bought the book too, but not started it yet - I hope it's as good as the CD!
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