Keith is a bit unique in style and approach. I really have enjoyed this one. He has another album Nostalgia 77 produced on bandcamp that is quite different but every bit as worthy of your cash. Check it out.
Favorite track: First Thread.
First Weaving is from the 1998 Le Mans Jazz Festival; a gigantic session which became an underground classic despite never being commercially available. Originally commissioned by the BBC it stayed under wraps because the intention was to produce a studio recording for which the funding never materialised. Although acknowledged as one of the great founding fathers of Post Modern British ‘jazz’, Keith Tippett is a mysterious figure, always on the edge of contemporary music. Today he is probably best known for his solo explorations in spontaneous composition, an irony given his history in collective music making, (i.e. Centipede, Ark, Mujician and the Georgian Ensemble etc.)
released March 30, 2009
Keith Tippett / grand piano, Julie Tippetts / voice, Maggie Nicols / voice, Vivien Ellis / voice, Paul Dunmall / tenor saxophone, Simon Picard / tenor saxophone, Larry Stabbins / tenor saxophone, Lee Goodall / alto saxophone, Elton Dean / alto saxophone, Gianluigi Trovesi / alto saxophone, Pino Minafra / trumpet, Gethin Liddington / trumpet, Jim Dvorak / trumpet, Mark Charig / trumpet, Paul Rutherford / trombone, Malcolm Griffiths / trombone, Dave Amis / trombone, Oren Marshall / tuba, Paul Rogers / double bass, Tony Levin / drums, Louis Moholo / drums and Paul Rogers / double bass.
supported by 17 fans who also own “Live at Le Mans”
Saw pretty much this line up perform Kaleidoscope...at the New London Theatre 10th Dec 1976, after buying the LP because of the great music journalist Derek Jewell's review in one of the 'broadsheets' (poss the S. Times), or maybe on his BBCR3 show back in the day? Memories, memories! John Ferguson