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Tippett, Keith Octet

The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon

Tippett, Keith Octet: The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon (Discus)

Superlative large group jazz from UK pianist/composer Keith Tippett, presenting a series of lyrical and accessible compositions inspired by themes from Irish folk music, in a new Octet with alumni of the Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme and long-time Tippett collaborators.

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Fulvio Sigurta-trumpet, flugel

Sam Mayne-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute

James Gardiner-Bateman-alto saxophone, flute

Kieran McLeod-trombone

Rob Harvey-trombone

Tom McCredie-bass

Peter Fairclough-drums, percussion

Keith Tippett-piano, composer

Julie Tippetts-voice, lyrics

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UPC: 5051078947426

Label: Discus
Catalog ID: 056CD
Squidco Product Code: 23375

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Real World Studios in Wiltshire, England, on October 24th and 25h, 2014, by Mat Arnold. The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon was commissioned by Richard Wiltshire.

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"Pianist / composer Tippett needs little introduction to those with an ear to the ground in the world of creative music. Appearing initially on the London jazz scene in the 1960's, Keith quickly forged a reputation as a formidable player, bandleader and composer. His large scale work Septober Energy for the 50 piece ensemble Centipede remains a benchmark recording in the history of this music. Subsequently his work as a founding member of ensembles as diverse as Mujician, Ovary Lodge, leading The Ark Orchestra, the Septet and the Tapestry Orchestra, his duo work with Julie Tippetts plus appearances as an improvising piano soloist have consolidated his position as a major figure in both improvised and composed music.

In 2016 he remains as active as ever on the international stage. The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon was commissioned by Richard Wiltshire and was recorded by the Keith Tippett Octet at Real World Studio in the UK. This new suite is inspired by themes from Irish folk music and was written for his new octet, which includes several alumni of the Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme along with a long-time collaborator, the drummer Peter Fairclough, and the London-based Italian trumpeter Fulvio Sigurta. This is arguably Keith Tippett's most accessible and consistently excellent recording for many years. It benefits from several instantly and hauntingly memorable tunes, universally superb performances all round and the brief penultimate track is adorned by Julie Tippett's irresistible vocals. Very highly recommended and probably gets my vote for new album of the year. You may think the above somewhat hyperbolic, but I assure you it ain't."- RogerF, Organissimo Forums

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Artist Biographies

"Fulvio Sigurtà started playing the trumpet at a very early age, and at 15 he entered the "Conservatorio Luca Marenzio" in Brescia. Here, in '98, he achieved his Diploma in Classical Trumpet. In 2003 he moved to Boston to take up a scholarship at the Berkley College of Music, achieving a Diploma in Jazz in 2004 at the Brescia Conservatory and in 2005, he received a Masters with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

His professional career started in 2004,while based in the UK capital, he had the opportunity to record with Cam Jazz on the very prestigious project, "Pure and Simple", with The Guildhall Big Band and John Taylor and the same month he was involved in Gianni Coscia's quartet together with Dino Piana and Enzo Petropaoli, with whom he recorded the album "Frescobaldi per noi" which is a "jazz revisited" version of some fabulous music of Girolamo Frescobaldi from the renaissance period.

Those two projects were followed thought the years by prestigious Italian and English collaborations both in studio and on tour including several recordings with Nostalgia 77 ,Giovanni Guidi's Unknown Rebel band; Susaphonix (Mauro Ottolini); The Broken Band (Andrea Lombardini), Lyria dancing company (Giulia Gussago), Paolo Damiani , Enzo Pietropaoli "Yatra" quartet, Mayra Andrade, Cristina Zavalloni & Radar Band,Battista Lena, Bruno Heinen, Gabriele Mirabassi, Lydian Sound Orchestra,Jamie Cullum, Keith Tippet Octet and many many others.

In 2007 he produced his first album as band leader entitled "Conversations" (Impossible Ark Records), a duo with guitarist Federico Casagrande.

In 2010 he produced "Coincidence" (Palomar Records), a duo with bassist Giovanni Maier.

In 2011 he began a productive relationship with prestigious Jazz label, Cam Jazz, who have released three of his albums to great acclaim:

" House of Cards" (2011)

"Through The Journey" (2012);

"SPL" (2013).

In 2012 Sigurtà was the recipient of the "Best New Talent" Award in the Italian Top Jazz' Referendum."

-Fulvio Sigurta Website (

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"Born in Dundry, Bristol in 1985 James is not only a very active musician, but has just started a four-year scholarship at London's Royal Academy of Music.

Although James's mother is artistic, working in the field of interior design, the only musical heritage in the family appears to come from his great grandfather, a bandsman horn player. Like many children James was introduced to a recorder as his first musical instrument at Chew Stoke primary school. It was not love at first sight, but perhaps it provided a prompt a few years later when a peripatetic music teacher came to the school and those kids who were interested were invited to go and try the collection of musical instruments laid out in one of the classrooms. James eyed up the oboe and the alto sax and went for the latter simply because 'it felt right'.

To start with there were group music lessons at school, and over the term, one by one other kids gradually dropped out, but James was enjoying himself. With his parents' support he took private lessons in piano and sax and as his skills developed, he was offered a scholarship to Exeter Cathedral School. This was a choir school with a good track record of music, and James took advantage of opportunities to play in the School Wind Band and School Orchestra. Honing his skills on classical music, jazz was still a foreign place.

After two years at Exeter, he won another scholarship that would take him back nearer home to Wells Cathedral School, another school with a great reputation for its music. His three years there proved to be a key time of his life. At sixteen he reached the semi-finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Saxophonist John Barton was teaching at the school, and until he emigrated to France, John passed on to the young scholars his love of jazz, classical music and composing.

James was playing in the Wells Cathedral Big Band when John left. John's place was fortuitously taken by Andy Tweed (classical and composition) and Karen Street (she of the Fairer Sax). The jazz influence and support continued.

It was about this time that James and his mother went to hear the Courtney Pine band at St George's in Bristol. After the gig, James went backstage to get Courtney's autograph. Some forty-five minutes later, wondering where he had got to, his mother went to look for him and found him deep in conversation with the band in the dressing room.

James took his GCSEs at Wells and then auditioned for Chetham's College in Manchester. There his tutors were Loose Tubes' Steve Berry and musician Les Chisnall, but as much of the learning came from James and five other students taking every opportunity they could to go out and listen to gigs. The concert programme put on by the Royal Northern College of Music was formidable - Wynton Marsalis, Peter King, Courtney Pine ....

James left Chetham's in 2004, and auditioned for the various UK Colleges of Music. Competition was fierce as the Colleges took few sax players each year. His main hope was for a place at the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz Course in London and when he was turned down, James decided not to accept offers from other Colleges, but to take a year out and try again for the Royal Academy later.

James moved back to Bristol and started playing with local bands. As time went on, the list grew longer: Hélélé, CCQ, the Keith Tippett Octet, Edenheight, Ska Daddy, World Government, the Andy Hague Quintet and Big Band, Cazimi, the Mike Willox Quartet, Sheelanagig and Melo Park.

By this time, James's great friend tenor sax player Josh Arcoleo had been accepted at the Royal Academy of Music. It was almost three years since James had tried unsuccessfully for the College, but now Josh persuaded him to think again. James applied. He was the last of 37 sax players to audition. A group from the third year provided a backing band and the applicants were asked to play a range of pieces including two standards and one of their own compositions. This time it went well and James was offered the place.

In late 2007, Dennis Rollin's Badbone & Co band came to Bristol to play at the Colston Hall in support of a 'History of Slavery' event taking place in the city. Hélélé were playing at the after-party and Dennis sat in for most of Hélélé's set. During one number, Dennis said aside to James: 'We are going to do some work together.' They exchanged phone numbers, and James was still surprised when Dennis rang and asked him to come up to London where Badbone was playing a series of dates at Ronnie Scott's club. After the gig, James met the rest of the band and Dennis announced that James would be playing some sessions with them. After rehearsal, James joined the band for gigs at Lincoln's Engine Shed, the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and on his home ground again in Bristol.

Two weeks after the Bristol gig, on the 1st September 2008, James headed for the Royal Academy of Music in London. The course will take four years, but during that time, like most of the other students, James will go on playing gigs. We hope that we will be able to keep a note of James's progress over that period, but in the meanwhile, look out for him if he comes your way, he is worth hearing.

We were not surprised to hear in August 2011 that James won a high quality tenor sax worth £2,000 in a competition staged by Chickenshed Jazz Bar and County Instruments.

The competition was run for students of brass and woodwind instruments to find an emerging jazz talent. They received a large number of entries and they say that the standard and quality of the musicians who entered has been exceptional. After a huge amount of deliberation, the saxophonist from Bristol was chosen as the winner.

Chickenshed Theatre Jazz Bar ( is a thriving North London Jazz venue and County Instruments is a small producer of selected, hand-made woodwind and brass instruments."

-Sandy Brown Jazz (

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"Kieran McLeod is an award winning jazz trombonist and composer from Aberdeen. He is a current member of the Jullian Argüelles Septet, Iain Ballamy's Anorak XL and the Keith Tippett Octet. Since moving to London, Kieran has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music's Jazz course and has performed with artists of international fame such as Snarky Puppy, BBC Big Band, Ken Peplowski and Stan Suzmann. As a bandleader, Kieran is regularly touring the UK with his sextet, 'New World' and his 30 piece Big Band, 'Human Resource System' who have been described as "possibly THE top band of rising talent on the London scene". Kieran has recently been touring festivals in Cuba with Nomad Collective and across Europe with both Riot Jazz and Young Pilgrims."

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"I received a Bmus Hons 1st class degree from the Royal Academy of Music in Jazz performance in 2014. This course entailed an in depth study of jazz improvisation, composition, reading, ear training and ensemble playing. In the final year of this course I received the Richard Turner Prize.

Since leaving the Academy I won the Young European Jazz Artists Award in Berghaussen and since this I have recorded two albums of original material.

From February 2015 I taught at Highbury Grove school, leading a jazz ensemble made up of 11-18 year olds who were gifted at music and took this group on tour across south Germany in February 2016 to perform concerts with other schools.

I have now been teaching private students for 4 years and I am experienced in teaching in a way that fits individuals, whether it be from beginners to advanced in Guitar, Double Bass, and Electric Bass. Stylistically I teach Jazz and Pop/Rock." (

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"Since graduating from the City of Leeds College of Music with Distinction in Drums and Percussion, Peter Fairclough has performed and/or recorded with Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Ute Lemper, Huw Warren, Peter Whyman, Steve Berry, John Harle, Kenny Davern, Peter King, The Matrix Ensemble, The Bournemouth Sinfonietta, The Mike Westbrook Orchestra and The Theatre Royal Company (York).

He has 5 CDs to his own credit:

IMAGO (Jazzprint JPVP132)CD - with Keith Tippett), Wild Silk (ASC CD8 - with Keith Tippett), Permission (ASC CD18) and Shepherd Wheel (ASC CD1). The most recent release is Momentarily with Hayley Youell, Fred T Baker & Dave Bainbridge.

In 1995 he was awarded the Peter Whittingham Award and he has toured extensively abroad, appearing at many top jazz festivals.

Peter teaches Drum Kit at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and Leeds College of 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."

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"Julie Tippetts (born Julie Driscoll, 8 June 1947) is an English singer and actress, known for her 1960s versions of Bob Dylan and Rick Danko's "This Wheel's on Fire", and Donovan's "Season of the Witch", both with Brian Auger and The Trinity. Along with The Trinity, she was featured prominently in the 1969 television special 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee, singing "I'm a Believer" in a soul style with Micky Dolenz. She and Auger had previously worked in Steampacket, with Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart.

"This Wheel's on Fire" reached number five in the United Kingdom in June 1968. With distortion, the imagery of the title and the group's dress and performance, this version came to represent the psychedelic era in British rock music. Driscoll recorded the song again in the early 1990s with Adrian Edmondson as the theme to the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, the main characters of which are throwbacks to that era.

Since the 1970s, Driscoll has concentrated on experimental vocal music. She married jazz musician Keith Tippett and collaborated with him and now uses the name Julie Tippetts, adopting the original spelling of her husband's surname. She took in Keith Tippett's big band Centipede and in 1974 sang in Robert Wyatt's Theatre Royal Drury Lane concert. She released a solo album, Sunset Glow in 1975; and was lead vocalist on Carla Bley's album Tropic Appetites and also in John Wolf Brennan's "HeXtet".

Later in the 1970s, she toured with her own band and recorded and performed as one of the vocal quartet Voice, with Maggie Nichols, Phil Minton, and Brian Eley.

In the early 1980s, Julie Tippetts was a guest vocalist on an early single by pop-jazz band Working Week, on the song "Storm of Light", which brought them to the attention of a wider audience."

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Track Listing:

1. The Dance Of The Return Of The Shallows 9:07

2. The Dance Of The Intangible Touching 6:42

3. The Dance Of The Sheerjoy Of It All 4:51

4. The Dance Of The Return Of The Walk With The Sun On His Back 5:53

5. The Dance Of The Return Of The Day Of Observance 5:04

6. The Dance Of The Return Of The Longing 4:58

7. The Dance Of The Return Of The Bike Ride From Shinanagh Bridge With The Wind At His Back 7:58

8. The Dance Of The Return Of Her Returning 3:58

9. The Dance Of The Return Of The Wily Old Fox Of The Ballyhoura Mountains 8:02

10. The Dance Of The ReturnOf Her Returning (With Voice) 2:42

11. The Last Rose Of Summer 3:30

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