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John Surman: Invisible Threads (ECM)

Invisible Threads is something of an international affair. Baritone/soprano saxophonist and bass clarinetist John Surman, with five decades of recording credits as a leader and sideman behind him, hails from England but resides in Norway. So does Rob Waring, the mallets player, although he is originally from New York. And Nelson Ayres, the pianist, is … Read More “John Surman: Invisible Threads (ECM)”

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John Surman: Saltash Bells

Multireedist John Surman’s first solo effort in nearly two decades is a deeply autobiographical affair, consciously evoking his youth in the English West Country. The title, Saltash Bells, references the chimes of a church in Cornwall that Surman recalls hearing from his sailor father’s dinghy, as the two navigated the narrow passage between Cornwall and … Read More “John Surman: Saltash Bells”

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John Surman: Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop—April ’69

This long-lost workshop session, recorded in Hamburg, Germany, for television broadcast, is a rare document that shows how John Surman and U.K. colleagues like trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and tenor saxophonists Ronnie Scott and Alan Skidmore (who later played with Weather Report) were stretching the form and beginning to incorporate elements of the New Thing into … Read More “John Surman: Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop—April ’69”

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