21 giugno 2017


Fa idealmente seguito al lodevole recupero qualche anno fa da parte dell'etichetta Dusk Fire di uno dei capolavori di Neil Ardley, A Symphony of Amaranths (Regal Zonophone, 1971) la pubblicazione di alcuni inediti, sempre di Ardley, trasmessi nel corso dei programmi Jazz Club e Jazz in Britain della BBC nel febbraio e nel settembre 1971: Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra, On The Radio-BBC Sessions 1971. Ci sono tra gli altri Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Brian Smith, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Dave Greenslade, Dave Clempson, Jeff Clyne, Jon Hiseman, Frank Ricotti, Barry Guy e Keith Winter.
Descrivendo la suite The Time Flowers, che da sola occupa il secondo set di cui si compone il cd, scrive Roger Farbey: "The music oscillates, sometimes wildly, from contemporary classical, often with a neo-romantic flavour, to out and out avant-garde married with bursts of electronica. Although it may not be Ardley's best or most memorable work, as an archival rarity it is undoubtedly an important testimony to the sounds that were emerging on the scene in the early 1970s, in the wake of psychedelic and progressive rock and nascent fusion. Also significantly, the BBC at that time was more enlightened in terms of the amount of airtime it was prepared to afford contemporary music."

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