15 marzo 2012

Il trio di Mike Osborne con Harry Miller e Tony Levin dal vivo a Birmingham il 7 novembre 1976: The Birmingham Jazz Concert, concerto inedito pubblicato in due cd da Cadillac Records. Scrive George West, fondatore del festival - inaugurato proprio quell'anno - e autore della registrazione: "I founded Birmingham Jazz in 1976 with the help of six other enthusiasts; we each put £25 on my dining room table and said we would promote some concerts for as long as the money held out. Birmingham Jazz has promoted live jazz ever since - a remarkable achievement. Our first concert was with Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia; I'm not sure who were our second but Mike Osborne's trio with Harry Miller and Tony Levin was the third, on 7 November 1976. These concerts took place in the Warwick Suite of the Grand Hotel, Colmore Row, Birmingham that was our home base for the first five years. The musicians gave me permission to record the concert as a souvenir on my Maxwell C180 tape and Yamaha recorder, and it subsequently remained unplayed in my files until unearthed in 2009; amazingly the tape had not deteriorated in any way and gives a very high quality documentation of an outstanding evening's music making".