June 7, 2015 – 5:28 am

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London 2015 [no label, 1CD]

Jazz On 3 Session, BBC Studios, London, UK; June 1, 2015. Very good radio webcast.


British pianist and composer Keith Tippett performs his piece, The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon, in session with his octet, also featuring guest vocalist Julie Tippetts.

Over the past 40 years Keith Tippett has forged a path as one of the most important figures of the European scene. In the early ’70s his big band Centipede did much to fuse the worlds of rock and jazz (as did his work with prog group King Crimson), whilst his time with exiled South African musicians Harry Miller and Louis Moholo permanently changed the sound of British free music. Today Tippett’s presence as a composer and pianist continues to resonate. Here in a special session for Jazz on 3 he performs The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon - his latest suite, generously commissioned by Richard Wiltshire, based on a fictional character related to Tippett’s Irish ancestry.

Joining him in the studio are musicians from a younger generation, including Fulvio Sigurta on trumpet and flugel horn, Sam Mayne and James Gardiner-Bateman on reeds, Richard Foote and Rob Harvey on trombones and bassist Tom McCredie, whilst Tippett’s longstanding comrade Peter Fairclough completes the line-up on drums and percussion.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe

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In a review of The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon, London Jazz News’ Geoff Winston wrote:

The ensemble filled the room with immense brass power right from the start. This was committed playing from an adept and imaginative young group, energetic and high-spirited, which rose to every challenge in Tippett’s complex composition, adapting their tone as each milestone demanded. Superbly executed, this followed Tippett’s tenet that ‘I’d rather be over rehearsed than under-rehearsed’.

Tippett, playing with exceptional dexterity, also conducted from the piano stool, weaving his input through the rhythm and brass sections, with hints of the way that Ellington brought in organist Wild Bill Davies as a counter to his entire orchestra. The balance was perfectly poised.

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Thanks to tom_phillips (TomP) for sharing the show at Dime.

tom_phillips noted: “It isn’t the Tippett that we are used to in Mujician, more like Mike Westbrook but very enjoyable nonetheless. There were quite a few problems with the webstream and hopefully I caught and fixed them all.”

Thanks also to Fastone for the artwork.

BBC webcast 320k AAC > i-Sound (44.1k wav) > TomP edit > Tag & Rename (flac tags) > TLH (flac6 + SBE / decode check)
Remove all announcer; Normalise volume; Fix webstream breaks/glitches; A few small volume adjustments

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. The Dance Of The Return Of The Swallows 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 02. The Dance Of The Intangible Touching 6:32 (11.0MB)
Track 03. The Dance Of The Sheer Joy Of It All 4:46 (8.0MB)
Track 04. The Dance Of The Walk With The Sun On His Back 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 05. The Dance Of The Day Of Observance 4:28 (7.5MB)
Track 06. The Dance Of The Longing 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 07. The Dance Of The Bike Ride From Shinanagh Bridge With The Wind At His Back 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 08. The Dance Of Her Returning 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 09. The Dance Of The Wiley Old Fox Of The Ballyhoura Mountains 9:36 (16.1MB)
Track 10. The Dance Of Her Returning * [reprise] 2:46 (4.7MB)
Track 11. The Last Rose Of Summer 3:31 (5.9MB)
60 mins

Keith Tippett (piano)
Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet, flugel horn)
Sam Mayne (alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute)
James Gardiner-Bateman (alto saxophone, flute)
Richard Foote (trombone)
Rob Harvey (trombone)
Tom McCredie (double bass)
Peter Fairclough (drums, percussion)
Julie Tippetts, vocal (* only)

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  2. ho ho ho its xmas!!! thank you 4 this !

    By no mo darth on Jun 7, 2015

  3. Hey BigO, thanks for this surprising post. Keep that jazz coming on a Sunday.

    By bing bongong on Jun 9, 2015

  4. Thanks for this and other less accessible avant jazz recordings that have been posted here recently. It is nice of have them sprinkled in with the more mainstream rock recordings. I’ve only heard Tippett’s jazz-rock albums from the early 70s and this, of course, is completely different. Anyway, this is a good way to catch up and sample some of his recent work.

    By zaarlocust on Jun 10, 2015

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