Tagged Peter Batten

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Pete Recommends…Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet – Complete Studio Recordings

Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer Quintet Complete Studio Recordings [Lonehill Jazz LHJ10199]   Bob Brookmeyer was involved in several important partnerships in the 1950s/60s. He worked frequently with Gerry Mulligan in the Quartet, the Sextet and the Concert Band. He worked and recorded with saxophonists Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and with multi-instrumentalist and arranger Jimmy…

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Pete Recommends…Paul Bley – Basics

Paul Bley Basics [Justin Time CD Just 1542]   When I visited Peter Ind’s exhibition in March, I discovered that Just Gone Jazz had issued a box set of recordings made by Peter in New York. They include some of the best sessions ever recorded by Lee Konitz. An extra surprise was the inclusion in…

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Peter Batten – A Welcome to Peter Ind

Last month Rottingdean celebrated Peter’s arrival as a local resident with an exhibition of his paintings at the Grange Gallery and an evening of jazz music at the Plough Inn. It was good to hear that the arrival of such an outstanding jazz musician in our local community was being recognised. If you look into…

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Pete Recommends…Maxine Sullivan – Uptown

Maxine Sullivan with the Scott Hamilton Quintet Uptown [Concord CD  CCD4188] A few weeks ago I rang a friend to confirm a meeting. It was quite late and he told me that he was at the Verdict, where it was the interval. “Who’s on?” I asked. “Scott Hamilton, absolutely terrific,” he replied. That conversation led…

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Pete Recommends…The Wardell Gray Story

Wardell Gray The Wardell Gray Story [Properbox 55]   In the 1950s two of my friends formed an excellent traditional jazz quintet. They played clarinet and soprano sax respectively. Soon they began listening to Lester Young. Both were tempted to take up the tenor sax, but held back. Then they heard Wardell Gray. Lester plus…

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Album Review: Thelonious Monk – Mønk

Thelonious Monk Mønk (Gearbox CD 1841)   Live recordings are a precious part of any Jazz collection. If the recording quality is good and the performance outstanding you have a gem to treasure. This session in Copenhagen in 1963 certainly deserves that description. I heard this quartet at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in…

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Album Reviews: Dexter Gordon Quartet

Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975 (Elemental 5990428) Espace Cardin 1977 (Elemental 5990431)   Two beautifully packaged CDs from Elemental these are in fact ‘discoveries’ – concert recordings not previously issued. Unfortunately there are many examples of Dexter available, so do they have any special interest? During his 15 years in Copenhagen Dexter acquired an A-list…