05 settembre 2010


Lo scorso giugno, pochi giorni prima che venisse sgomberato per lavori di rifacimento, alcuni musicisti si sono riuniti nell'appartamento londinese dove abitava Elton Dean, con l'idea di celebrare insieme il ricordo dell'amico suonando proprio tra gli arredi e gli oggetti che in vita gli appartennero. C'erano Alex Maguire, Jim Dvorak, Simon Picard, Paul Rogers e Tony Levin, e l'esito di quella particolare session sarà trasmesso domani sera - alle 23.45, ora locale - nel corso del programma Jazz on 3 curato per la BBC da Jez Nelson. Alcune immagini sono su Flickr.

A versatile musician, whose work over four decades encompassed free improvisation, jazz-rock and avant-jazz, Elton Dean was a key figure on the UK's creative music scene until his death in 2006 at the age of 60. Having made his name in Keith Tippett's sextet and then seminal rock group Soft Machine in the late 60s and early 70s, he went on to lead diverse projects of his own and work with a wide range of collaborators, several of whom feature in this session. This completely improvised set was recorded in June this year in the living room of Dean's flat in London's Dalston. Four years after his death it still contained posters, tapes and memorabilia that provided poignant reminders of Dean's life and work, and plenty of inspiration for the musicians who came together to remember him. Just a few days after this session was recorded the flat was due to be cleared out and refurbished.