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Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 031
Squidco Product Code: 1073
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at the Festival International De Musique Actuelle De Victoriaville on May 21st, 1994.
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1. Une Croix Dans L'Ocean 46:17
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"Many solo albums by Keith Tippett were released during the 1990s. Like Friday the 13th, Une Croix Dans l'Ocean (A Cross in the Ocean) is one of the very fine ones. Recorded in May 1994 at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, it features one continuous 46-minute improvisation. The title is well-chosen because most of the pianist's music can be described in symbolic terms of water and wind. His drowning subcurrents of bass notes, splashes and cascades of high notes, and huge crashing waves of sound have the distinctive qualities of organic chaos. Nature speaks poetry through Tippett's hands. By the time of this recording, his use of piano preparation had become an integral part of his playing; not a shtick, not a planned sonic exploration, but a natural extension of his language. The piece begins very softly, building gradually inside and outside the piano. Furious moments make way for calmer episodes. There are no sudden changes: Every move is precededby warning signs, omens. In the end, the pianist gathers himself, sings one gripping line, drops a few more notes, and leaves. Tippett's solo pieces are always cathartic and an expression of human emotions. This one is more expressive than usual. Strongly recommended."-Francois Couture, All Music
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"Keith Tippett (born Keith Graham Tippetts; 25 August 1947) is a British jazz pianist and composer.
Tippett was born in Southmead, Bristol. The son of an English father who was a policeman and an Irish mother name of Kitty. Keith wrote music dedicated to her after she died. Keith was the oldest of three siblings and had Clive and Thomas as brothers. Tippett went to Greenway Secondary Modern school in Southmead, Bristol. He formed his first band when he was fourteen with school friends, such as Richard Murch, Mike Milton, Terry Pratt and Bob Chard. They were called the KT Trad Lads performing Traditional jazz. Later Keith formed a modern jazz trio in Bristol and played regularly at the Dugout Club in Park Row, Bristol. He studied Piano and Church Organ, was a chorister and played with the school and Bristol youth brass bands. He moved to London in 1967, to pursue a musical life.
In the late 1960s, Tippett led a sextet featuring Elton Dean on saxophone, Mark Charig on trumpet and Nick Evans on trombone. Tippett married singer Julie Driscoll and wrote scores for TV.
In the early 1970s, his big band Centipede brought together much of a generation of young British jazz and rock musicians. As well as performing some concerts (limited economically by the size of the band), they recorded one double-album, Septober Energy.
He formed, with Harry Miller and Louis Moholo a formidable rhythm section at the centre of some the most exciting combinations in the country, including the Elton Dean quartet, and Elton Dean's Ninesense. Around the same time, he was also in the vicinity of King Crimson, contributing piano to several of their records including "Cat Food" (and even appearing with them on Top of the Pops). His own groups, such as Ovary Lodge tended towards a more contemplative form of European free improvisation. He continues to perform with the improvising ensemble Mujician and more recently (2006) Work in Progress.
Tippett has appeared and recorded in a wide variety of settings, including a duet with Stan Tracey, duets with his wife Julie Tippetts, solo performances, and appeared on three King Crimson albums."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Tippett)
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