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1969 studio recordings from Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Germany of the amazing British Jazz grouping of John Surman, Alan Skidmore, Ronnie Scott, Mike Osborne, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Miller, Alan Jackson, &c.

Surman, John
Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop April '69 [CD + DVD]

Surman, John: Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop  April '69 [CD + DVD] (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"For fans of 60s Brit-jazz, the band is an absolute dream team featuring the era's most vibrant players: Alan Skidmore and Ronnie Scott on tenor saxophones, the late Mike Osborne on alto, as well as Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, South African bassist Harry Miller and the criminally under-appreciated drummer Alan Jackson. They provide a big band heft that gives themes like Surman's Western-tinged Mayflower an orchestral lushness....The clincher is the inclusion of a DVD, which presents the original German TV show from which the cuts are taken. Clear, crisp, black-and-white footage brings the date vividly to life, Surman a long-haired 24-year-old energetically throwing himself into his solos. It offers a rare chance to witness the eyes-tight-shut intensity of Osborne, and Skidmore's verdant mop-top is quite a sight too. As a snapshot of deep 60s jazz, British or otherwise, this is 100% gold." - Daniel Spicer/

"Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop-April '69 is a stunning discovery. Featuring unreleased material executed by a unique ten-piece line-up of European jazz luminaries, it provides a fascinating window into the development of British saxophonist John Surman at the very beginning of his career. Capturing an international all-star ensemble working through Surman's formative concepts, this informal studio session was taped in Hamburg, Germany for the NDR Jazz Workshop, a weekly television series. Despite being recorded in mono for televised broadcast, the audio and video quality is remarkably good considering the source material. Released by Cuneiform as a double disc set, the CD contains the isolated audio tracks, while the DVD features the entire 45 minute performance as filmed, preserving snippets of illuminating in-between song banter as well." - Troy Collins/

For nearly 45 years, John Surman has been one of England's best known modern jazz musicians. His career began in the late 60s as both a sideman and a leader with such notable greats as John McLaughlin, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Terje Rypdal, Mike Westbrook, Chick Corea and many others. He began working with the ECM label in the late 1970s where he has released a string of fine work to this day. Every period of his career is filled with highlights, which is why Cuneiform is exceedingly proud to release for the first time ever this amazing document of the late 60s 'Brit-jazz' scene.

The NDR Jazz Workshop was a weekly show featuring all manner of jazzmen of the day. The taping of this NDR show was around the same time as Surman was recording his second album as a leader, How Many Clouds Can You See, so this is a unique chance to get an expanded view of his formative work as a leader and also at the early work of his musical compatriots who appear with him here. For this occasion, Surman led a ten-piece ensemble featuring the cream of modern British jazz players: John Surman - soprano and baritone sax, Kenny Wheeler - trumpet and flugelhorn, Alan Skidmore - tenor sax and flute, Ronnie Scott - tenor sax, Mike Osborne - alto sax, Malcolm Griffiths - trombone, Harry Miller - bass and Alan Jackson - drums, as well as two Austrian musicians, Fritz Pauer - piano and Erich Kleinschuster - trombone.

Heard and seen on Flashpoint for the very first time since the original broadcast over 40 years ago are five great peformances, including two excellent Surman compositions that he never recorded elsewhere. High quality audio recordings from these musicians from this period are quite rare and video footage is basically non-existent. Captured in crisp, clear black and white footage and in excellent mono sound, this release is a exceptional and hugely important document that will blow the minds of Brit-jazz fans and will open the ears, eyes and minds of those who don't know the great and distinctive work of these fine musicians!"-Cuneiform

DVD: NTSC; all regions.

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Product Information:

DVD: NTSC; all regions.

UPC: 045775031521

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: Rune 315/316
Squidco Product Code: 14058

Format: CD & DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: CD and DVD in a single Jewel tray
Recorded at the studios of Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Hamburg, Germany in April 1969.


John Surman-sorpano saxophone, baritone saxophone

Alan Skidmore-tenor saxophone, flute

Ronnie Scott-tenor saxophone

Mike Osborne-alto saxophone

Malcolm Griffiths-trombone

Erich Kleinschuster-trombone

Kenny Wheeler-trumpet, flugelhorn

Fritz Pauer-piano

Harry Miller-bass

Ala Jackson-drums

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Track Listing:

1. Mayflower 8:41

2. Once Upon a Time 8:41

3. Puzzle 5:56

4. Gratuliere 8:47

5. Flashpoint 8:32