08 luglio 2017

Richard Williams segnala ai lettori del suo blog The Blue Moment alcune delle più recenti riedizioni discografiche del jazz britannico storico - album di Daryl Runswick, Alan Skidmore, Harry South, Billy Jenkins, Neil Ardley, Red Price - con parole di elogio per il recupero (con bonus) del capolavoro westbrookiano Marching Song da parte di Cherry Red.

Scrive: "Of all the many fine British modern jazz records made in the last 50 years, the ones that probably most deserve to survive another half-century are Mike Westbrook's large-scale pieces, including MetropolisCitadel/Room 315 and The Cortège. In a sense, Marching Song is where it all began: released in its entirety as two LPs on the Deram label in 1969, representing a statement of scale and intent. And of moral purpose, too: this is every bit as much a portrait of the pity and horror of war as Picasso's Guernica, making a similarly startling use of modernist techniques. This reissue also contains a third disc of previously unheard material including a nine-minute sketch of the piece recorded in 1966 by a sextet including Mike Osborne, John Surman, Malcolm Griffiths, Harry Miller and Alan Jackson -- its approach very heavily influenced by Mingus -- and two wonderful extended quartet tracks by Osborne with the rhythm section, making this just about an essential purchase."