10 aprile 2012

Nuovo lutto per il jazz britannico per la scomparsa del batterista Tony Marsh, colpito da malattia nel pieno di un periodo assai ricco di concerti e iniziative. Aveva suonato poche sere fa a Londra al Cafe Oto in trio con Roscoe Mitchell e John Edwards, mentre tra pochi giorni avrebbe partecipato in duo con Mark Sanders alla nuova edizione del festival londinese Freedom of a City. I primi commenti alla notizia appaiono oggi alle pagine di London Jazz, mentre su YouTube Helen Petts propone una sua selezione di documenti video.

Tony Marsh first came to prominence in the Seventies with the jazz-rock group Major Surgery. Developing its compositions from group improvisations, it became a major innovator in this area of jazz. The break up of Major Surgery in 1979 saw Tony teaching percussion and playing cabaret gigs in Londons Soho. The Eighties were a productive period, providing many opportunities for recording and tours with Mike Osborne, John Surman, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Barry Guy, Howard Riley, Elton Dean, Yves Robert and Didier Levallet. A trio with Simon Picard and Paul Rogers grew into the Mingus inspired band 7RPM. Tony joined the Mike Westbrook Brass Band in 1982, recording On Duke's Birthday (featuring Dominique Pifarely) in 1983 and combining with Le Sinfonietta de Picardie in 1988 to record London Bridge is Broken Down. A long association with Harry Beckett in his Quartet and Flugelhorn Band has produced several records and a trio CD with Didier Levallet. Another long term association is with the improvising quartet Full Monte, with Chris Biscoe (saxes), Brian Godding (guitar and guitar synth) and Marcio Mattos (bass), with whom he has toured extensively and released two CDs.