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Miller, Steve / Coxhill, Lol
"The Story So Far..." and " ...Oh Really?"

Miller, Steve / Coxhill, Lol:
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Out-of print on vinyl for over 25 years, this is the first CD release of the two album collaborations (Coxhill/Miller Miller/Coxhill and "The Story So Far..." "Oh Really?") between saxist Lol Coxhill and pianist Steve Miller, who first worked together in Delivery and continued their partnership for several years afterwards. These albums are quite fondly remembered by those luckily enough to own them for their unique personality and low-key approach to improvisation and composition and feature guests such as Phil Miller, Richard Sinclair, Pip Pyle, Archie Legget, Laurie Allan and Robert Wyatt.

Produced, remastered and with liner notes by Michael King, the material is presented in the absolute best possible sonics. We've also included the last known interview with Steve to help shed light on his career and found some great, rare photos to include in the huge, 20 page booklet. In addition to the albums there is almost an hour of previously unreleased and unheard material. Of particular interest is 20' of material by the proto-Hatfield and the North lineup of Delivery: Steve Miller, Lol Coxhill, Phil Miller, Pip Pyle, Richard Sinclair and Roy Babbington, as well as four short, terrific solo tracks by Steve and a 25' live improvisation by Steve, Lol, Richard Sinclair and Laurie Allan from December, 1974!"-Cuneiform

"...a standout in the respective catalogs of both artists. Avant-garde saxophonist Lol Coxhill is best known for his work in free improvisation and British progressive rock and jazz. Steven Miller's work was more inclined toward structured electric jazz and fusion as a member of progressive rock unit Caravan - the resulting session was a highly experimental take on jazz groovy as late Soft Machine, Caravan and Hatfield and the North's work from this period. A fairly essential recording from the Canterbury axis of early '70s British progressive rock." - All Music Guide.

"George Lowen Coxhill (19 September 1932 - 10 July 2012), generally known as Lol Coxhill, was an English free improvising saxophonist and raconteur. He played the soprano or sopranino saxophone. Coxhill was born to George Compton Coxhill and Mabel Margaret Coxhill (née Motton) at Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. He grew up in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, and bought his first saxophone in 1947. After national service he became a busy semi-professional musician, touring US airbases with Denzil Bailey's Afro-Cubists and the Graham Fleming Combo. In the 1960s he played with visiting American blues, soul and jazz musicians including Rufus Thomas, Mose Allison, Otis Spann, and Champion Jack Dupree. He also developed his practice of playing unaccompanied solo saxophone, often busking in informal performance situations. Other than his solo playing, he performed mostly as a sideman or as an equal collaborator, rather than a conventional leader - there was no regular Lol Coxhill Trio or Quartet as would normally be expected of a saxophonist. Instead he had many intermittent but long-lasting collaborations with like-minded musicians.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was a member of Canterbury scene bands Carol Grimes and Delivery and then Kevin Ayers and the Whole World. He became known for his solo playing and for work in duets with pianist Steve Miller and guitarist G. F. Fitzgerald. He was thought to have largely inspired Joni Mitchell's song "For Free", while busking solo on the old footbridge which formed part of the Hungerford Bridge between Waterloo and Charing Cross. Coxhill collaborated with other musicians including Mike Oldfield, Morgan Fisher (of Mott the Hoople), Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath and its musical descendant The Dedication Orchestra, Django Bates, the Damned, Hugh Metcalfe, Derek Bailey and performance art group Welfare State.

He often worked in small collaborative groups with semi-humorous names such as the Johnny Rondo Duo or Trio (with pianist Dave Holland - not the bassist of the same name), the Melody Four (characteristically a trio, with Tony Coe and Steve Beresford), and The Recedents (with guitarist Mike Cooper and percussionist Roger Turner), known as such because the members were (in Coxhill's words) "all bald", though the name may additionally be a play on the American band the Residents. Typically these bands performed a mix of free improvisation interspersed with ballroom dance tunes and popular songs. There was humour throughout his music but he sometimes felt it necessary to tell audiences that the free playing was not intended as a joke. Coxhill was compere and occasional performer at the Bracknell Jazz Festival, and a raconteur as well as a musician; he often would introduce his music by saying the words, "what I am about to play you may not understand". It was following a performance at Bracknell that he recorded the melodramatic monologue Murder in the Air."

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775025322

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: RUNE 253/254
Squidco Product Code: 8094

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDs in a single Jewel tray

Steve Miller-piano

Lol Coxhill-saxophones

Laurie Allan-Percussion

Kevin Ayers-Guitar

Archie Leggett-Bass

Phil Miller-Guitar

Robert Wyatt-Percussion, Vocals

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Track Listing:

Disc 1:

1. Chocolate Field

2. One For You

3. Portland Bill

4. Medley: Will My Thirst Play Me Tricks/The Ant About To Be Crushed Ponders Not the Where Withal Of the Boot Leather

5. Maggots

6. Bath 72

7. Wimbeldon Baths

8. Gog Ma Gog

9. Betty (You Pays Your Money, You Takes Your Chances)

10. God Song

11. Medley: Bossa Nochance/Big Jobs

12. Big Jobs No. 2

13. God Song

Disc 2:

1. Chocolate Field

2. One For You

3. G Song

4. F Bit

5. Songs Of March

6. More G Songs

7. Does This

8. The Greatest Off-Shore Race In the World

9. Reprise For Those Who Prefer It Slower

10. Tubercular Balls

11. Medley: Soprano Derivative/Apricot Jam

12. Oh, DO I Like To Be Beside the Seaside?

13. In Memoriam: Meister Eckhart. From the Welfare State Epic Of the Same Name Starring Randolph Scott

14. A Fabulous Comedian

15. Coo-Coo-Ka-Chew (collective improvisation)