A New Life: Private Independent and Youth Jazz in Great Britain 1966-1990 (JAZZMAN RECORDS/RELEASE DATE 6/23/2015)

26 Mai


Thought you knew about British jazz? Think again. Diving into the unknown world of the private pressing, Jazzman Records presents some of the rarest and wildest British jazz ever recorded! The major stars of British jazz such as Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, and Joe Harriott are now rightly recognized as the giants they were, and the legendary Brit jazz recordings of the 1960s are amongst the most highly-prized of all collectable records. But what happened to jazz in the UK when the recording industry lost faith in it? A New Lifeis the first survey of British jazz labels and musicians that went their own way in the 1970s, bringing to the light the unknown indie gems and outsider private pressings that let jazz musicians keep the faith into the 1980s. From the time-bending spirit music of London’s Lori Vambe to the psych-jazz of Birmingham’s Poliphony, via Spot the Zebra‘s jazz dedication to David Attenborough and Indiana Highway‘s modal Christmas carolling, A New Life chronicles a compelling selection of lost and obscure jewels of the British jazz underground. Compiled by Francis Gooding and Duncan Brooker (the team responsible for the acclaimed Next Stop Soweto series), and presented with comprehensive and detailed liner notes with pictures and information on each track, created from interviews with the musicians involved, A New Life is the first major British jazz collection since Gilles Peterson‘s Impressed series (2002-2004), and the first ever to shed light on the forgotten legacy of independent, regional, and experimental Brit jazz.(JAZZMAN RECORDS)


  1. Joy Martini – Sweet
  2. Nottingham Jazz Orchestra – Sixes and Severns
  3. Billy Jenkins with the Voice of God Collective – High Street / Saturday
  4. London Jazz IV – Death Is Near
  5. Graham Collier – Darius
  6. Spot The Zebra – Living Planet
  7. Quincicasm Trent – Park Song
  8. Poliphony – Cameo
  9. Lori Vambe – Drumsong (One)
  10. Frank Evans – The Bistro Kid
  11. Edge – Danielle and the Holly Tree
  12. Indiana Highway – We Three Kings
  13. Walsall Youth – Jazz The Dragon

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