12 luglio 2012



Omaggi, commenti, ricordi personali e aneddoti a proposito di Lol Coxhill affiorano sul web presso riviste, quotidiani, forum e blog. Scrivono della sua scomparsa amici carissimi e antichi compagni di ventura:
Steve Beresford: "He was recognisable by a single note, and that was his intention. He sounded like Lol when he played with The Damned and he sounded like Lol when he played with Evan Parker."
Judy Dyble: "His name was Lowen and he was a lovely man. I was part of a short-lived band with Lol and Steve and Phil Miller, as (would you believe) Dyble Coxhill and the Miller Brothers or DC and the MBs for slightly short. We did a small tour of the Netherlands and some university gigs and then went our separate ways, but in that short time I learned a huge amount about freeform improvisation and learned to love it immensely".
Fabrizio Spera: "Incontrandolo più volte nella sua città, mi ha sempre colpito quanto fosse forte la sua presenza all'interno della comunità musicale londinese. Lol attraversava la città in bus e anche negli ultimi anni, sebbene in condizioni fisiche sempre più aggravate, Lol era sempre presente. Tra locali, pub, negozi di dischi, gallerie d'arte, in concerto, o semplicemente tra il pubblico ad ascoltare la musica degli altri, la sua presenza, come del resto quella di Steve Beresford, rappresentava una sicurezza per la comunità."
Bruce Lee Gallanter: "Sometimes in the mid-nineties, Lol played a short US solo tour on the East Coast. On his way to a gig, Lol was in bad car accident and broke his jaw, thus ending the tour since he couldn't play for a while. He returned to England to convalesce and was given a benefit show in London to help raise money for his medical expenses. A number of the UK's finest musicians played in various combinations throughout the night. While Elton Dean was sitting in the back of the club, a jam session was taking place on stage. A rather large woman in a long dress took to the stage and was playing tenor sax. When it was her turn to solo, she wailed and blew away everyone else on stage and in the club. Elton looked to see who was playing so well, but didn't recognize her. Everyone was mystified as to who she was. When her long solo was over and everyone in attendance was hooting and hollering for more, she pulled off her wig to reveal a bald head and guess who it was underneath... none other than Lol Coxhill himself!"
Scrivono di lui Jean Rochard in Le Glob, Stef Gijssels in Free-Jazz e Christopher Ballard in The Nomadic Subject. Articoli sono in The Wire e The Guardian. Helen Petts dischiude la sua preziosa, personale collezione in http://tinyurl.com/6ppmnry, ma filmati del Nostro si reperiscono in quantità anche altrove su YouTube. Uno tra i più belli, e simbolici, degli ultimi anni è quello che lo ritrae serenamente impegnato ad allietare la danza di una bimba - la figlia di Caroline Kraabel e John Edwards - durante una festicciola tra amici in giardino: una Biancaneve volteggiante senza sosta alle note del magico Soprano Calvo.

http://www.nato-glob.blogspot.it/2012/07/lol-coxhill-1932-2012.html
http://freejazz-stef.blogspot.it/2012/07/lol-coxhill-1932-2012.html
http://thenomadicsubject.blogspot.it/2012/07/rip-lol-coxhill-1932-2012.html
http://thewire.co.uk/index.php?page=articles&article=9391
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/11/lol-coxhill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF0MCesk3bE&feature=related