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Keith Tippet's Septet with Larry Stabbins, Elton Dean, Nick Evans, Tony Levin, Paul Rogers, &c. was put together in 1984 to play a new suite inspired by the writing of Maya Angelou.
 

Tippet, Keith Septet
A Loose Kite in a Gentle Wind Floating with Only My Will for an Anchor

Tippet, Keith Septet: A Loose Kite in a Gentle Wind Floating with Only My Will for an Anchor (Ogun)
Label: Ogun    
Released in: Great Britain    


Keith Tippet's Septet with Larry Stabbins, Elton Dean, Nick Evans, Tony Levin, Paul Rogers, &c. was put together in 1984 to play a new suite inspired by the writing of Maya Angelou. This obscure gem is the only document of the project, from a live performance in Exeter in 1984, here reissued by Ogun to bring this remarkable project to light.



"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)
2/22/2017





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Product Information:

UPC: 5020675572263

Label: Ogun
Catalog ID: Ogun030
Squidco Product Code: 11696

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live in Exeter, UK on October 25, 1984.

Personnel:

Keith Tippett-piano

Larry Stabbins-tenor sax, soprano sax

Elton Dean-saxello, alto sax

Mark Charig-cornet, tenor horn

Nick Evans-trombone

Paul Rogers-bass

Tony Levin-drums, percussion

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Track Listing:

A Loose Kite in a Gentle Wind Floating with Only My Will for an Anchor:



1. 1 28:18

2. 2 20:54

3. 3 14:41

4. 4 1:19



5. Dedicated to Mingus 11:48