John Surman

John Surman

by John Surman
     
 

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Avant-reedist John Surman's self-titled Deram debut straddles the past and future of British jazz. Recorded in collaboration with altoist Mike Osborne, bassist Harry Miller and pianist Russell Henderson, the disc's first half comprises four succinct workouts that channel the…  See more details below

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Avant-reedist John Surman's self-titled Deram debut straddles the past and future of British jazz. Recorded in collaboration with altoist Mike Osborne, bassist Harry Miller and pianist Russell Henderson, the disc's first half comprises four succinct workouts that channel the Caribbean textures and rhythms so influential on the evolution of Britain's postwar musical culture -- Surman's potent baritone is kept in check here, and while the performances pulsate with warmth and energy, their straight-ahead approach proves much too limiting. Which makes the second half of John Surman that much more radical -- a sidelong, three-part suite recorded with jazz-rock titans including trumpeter Harry Beckett, bassist Dave Holland and trombonist Paul Rutherford, the music erupts with invention and passion, exploring the deepest reaches of sound but never lapsing into self-indulgence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2008
Label:
Universal Japan
UPC:
4988005518606
catalogNumber:
9254

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Surman   Primary Artist,Baritone Saxophone,Voices
Dave Holland   Bass
Harry Miller   Bass
Kenny Wheeler   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Paul Rutherford   Trombone
Mike Osborne   Alto Saxophone
Stirling Betancourt   Drums,Timbales
Malcolm Griffiths   Trombone
Russell Henderson   Piano
Alan Jackson   Drums
Erroll Phillip   Conga
Tom Bennellick   French Horn

Technical Credits

Sonny Rollins   Composer
John Surman   Arranger,Composer
Mike Westbrook   Cover Design
Peter Eden   Producer,Audio Production
Russell Henderson   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Oliver Lomax   Liner Notes
Bernard Lee   Executive Producer

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