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Charig / Tippett / Winter: Pipedream (Ogun)

Remastered edition with one bonus track of the 1977 Ogun LP, bringing trumpeter Mark Charig together with Keith Tippett on organ & keys, and Ann Winter on voice & bell.

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UPC: 5020675572300

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: OGCD 033
Squidco Product Code: 12810

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded on January 14-15, 1977 at St. Stephen's Chruch, Southmead, Bristol by Keith Beal. Mixed and edited in Hastings by Keith Beal & Mark Charig. Digital mastering by Martin Davidson. Originally released in 1977 as an LP OG710, this edition includes one bonus track ("The Trio Gets Lost in the Magic Forest").


Mark Charig-cornet, tenor horn

Keith Tippett-organ, zither, piano, voice, bell

Ann Winter-voice, bell

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"Mark Charig (born 22 February 1944 in London) is a British trumpeter and cornetist.

He was particularly active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when he played in settings as diverse as Long John Baldry's group, Bluesology, Soft Machine, and Keith Tippett's group and his Centipede big band. Charig also featured on several King Crimson albums, being particularly prominent in a long solo on the title track of Islands, on the title track of Lizard and on the track 'Fallen Angel' on the 'Red' album.

In the mid-1970s he also toured with the group Red Brass, which featured singer Annie Lennox. He also appeared with the Brotherhood of Breath and recorded with Mike Osborne, as well as releasing his own Pipedream LP on Ogun Records.

He is also a member of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. He now lives in Germany and is a member of the Wuppertal-based Conduction Orchestra.

More recently, he has recorded KJU: a CD of quartet improvisations with the group "Quatuohr""

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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."

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track listing:

1. Belllaphon 15:55

2. Ghostly Chances 7:13

3. Vega 0:59

4. Ode to the Ghost of an Improvised Past 7:22

5. Pavanne 7:23

6. Pipedream 7:19

7. The Trio Gets Lost in the Magic Forest 7:50
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Remastered edition of this 1977 Ogun LP, augmented by one bonus track. The recordings were made in St. Stephen's Church in Bristol, adding a beautiful resonance to these impressive improvisations. Tippett spends much of his time on the church's organ, an incredible contrast in sounds that adds massive depth to Charig's virtuoso playing. Ann Winter sings wordless vocals on several of the tracks, bridging jazz and rock with a passionate approach, alternating lovely and offbeat vocalizations perfect for the unusual orchestration of the album. This new edition includes the almost 8 minute "The Trio Gets Lost In The Magic Forest", a dark journey more sound oriented than the rest of the release, an epic work happily rescued from obscurity.

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Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
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