Thursday, September 11, 2014

THE MIKE WESTBROOK CONCERT BAND – Marching Song Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (2LP-1969/2CD-1998)


Label: Deram – 844 853-2
Format: 2 × CD, Compilation / Country: UK / Released: 1998
Originally released in 1969 as two separate LPs: Deram SML 1047 and Deram SML 1048
Style: Big Band, Contemporary Jazz
Recording Dates: 31st March, 1st April, 10th April, 1969.
Engineer – Bill Price
Executive-Producer – Bernard Lee
Leader [Musical Director] – Eddie Harvey, John Surman, Mike Westbrook
Producer – Peter Eden

Amazing jazz masterpiece from 1969, originally released in two parts on Deram and presented here as a double- CD at a single price. Double album featuring Westbrook with Alan Skidmore, David Holdsworth, John Surman and a wild collection of brass-wielding legends. An anti-Vietnam piece that takes a remarkable journey from civilisation to war and its inevitable results. A powerful and evocative piece that features some excellent performances and magnificent solo-ing as the tension mounts...

101. Hooray! . . . 6:24
        trumpet solo: Dave Holdsworth
        alto solo: Mike Osborne
        crowd sounds: Bill Price
102. Landscape . . . 15:25
        flute solo: Bernie Living
        bass duet: Harry Miller, Barre Phillips
        sax duet: John Surman, Mike Osborne
103. Waltz (for Joanna) . . . 5:50
        soprano solo: John Surman
104. Landscape (II) . . . 0:39
105. Other World . . . 8:23
        trombone solo: Paul Rutherford
106. Marching Song . . . 11:30
        tenor saxes: Nisar Ahmad Khan, Alan Skidmore

Composed By – Mike Westbrook


201. Transition . . . 5:12
202. Home . . . 7:35
        trombone solo: Malcolm Griffiths
        bass duet: Harry Miller, Chris Lawrence
203. Rosie . . . 6:36
        trumpet solo: Dave Holdsworth
204. Prelude (Surman) . . . 4:43
        woodwind: Bernie Living, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore
205. Tension (Surman) . . . 4:33
        saxophone duet: John Surman, Alan Skidmore
        trombone solo: Malcolm Griffiths
206. Introduction . . . 5:58
207. Ballad . . . 2:26
        alto solo: Mike Osborne
208. Conflict . . . 10:44
        tuba solo: George Smith
209. Requiem . . . 0:52
210. Tarnished (Surman) . . . 5:56
        soprano solo: John Surman
        alto solo: Mike Osborne
211. Memorial . . . 2:22
        drums solo: Alan Jackson

Composed By – Mike Westbrook except traks 204, 205, 210 by John Surman


Mike Westbrook – Piano
Dave Holdsworh – Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
Greg Bowen – Trumpet
Tony Fisher – Trumpet
Henry Lowther – Trumpet
Ronnie Hughes – Trumpet
Malcolm Grifiths – Trombone
Paul Rutherford – Trombone
Mike Gibbs – Trombone
Eddie Harvey – Trombone
Tom Bennellick – French Horn
Martin Fry – Tuba
George Smith – Tuba
John Surman – Baritone, Soprano Saxes
Mike Osborne – Alto Sax, Clarinet
Bernie Living – Alto Sax, Clarinet
Alan Skidmore – Tenor Sax, Flute
Nisar Ahmad Khan – Tenor Sax
John Warren – Alto, Baritone Saxes, Flute
Brian Smith – Tenor Sax
Harry Miller – Bass
Barre Phillips – Bass
Chris Lawrence – Bass
Alan Jackson – Drums
John Marshall – Drums


The first time I had a chance to hear this album before about thirty years.  I was blown away then and nothing has changed in the meantime. If you like free blowing big band jazz give this a listen. You will not be disappointed.



If you find it, buy this album!

27 comments:

  1. THE MIKE WESTBROOK CONCERT BAND – Marching Song Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (1969/2CD-1998)
    FLAC/MP3+Artwork

    FLAC – Firedrive:
    Vol. 1:
    https://www.firedrive.com/file/8C3E047390F25460
    Vol. 2:
    https://www.firedrive.com/file/6C696EB454D47FE4

    MP3-320 – 1ficher:
    http://ypi74r9rrb.1fichier.com/

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  2. Thanks very much Vitko great post!

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  3. always on the lookout for Surman oddities - this takes it to a whole new level!

    many thanks for the post.

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  4. Fantastic. I'm exhausted just from reading the personnel.

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  5. Nice one, takes me back saw the band when they did Love Dream and Citadel 315 tours.

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  6. classic Concert Band ... I finally get to hear it. Thanks! Now I'll have to dig out The Cortege and have a Westbrook love fest tonight!

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  7. Thanks Vitko . . . I agree with aclev!

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  8. New to me but with an all-star line-up and your recommendation i will definitely give this a proper listen. Thank you Vitko.

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  9. Thank you for your trust chrisc :)

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  10. Fantastic ! for years I am waiting to replace my lossy 192 ! Many thanks to you, Vitko !

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  11. Don't know this by Westbrook, it will be for sure a great stuff.

    THX

    FF

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  12. Hi Vitko, could you add some new links for the flac here please, thanks a lot

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    1. sikes, Firedrive is broken, but I am informed about it. I'll have to make new links.
      Regards.

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  13. I would like to hear this one as well when it's ready. I heard a low-res copy years ago and it was pretty fearsome stuff. Subscribed for the new links!

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    1. MP3-320 – 1ficher is OK, FLAC links are coming soon.

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  14. thanks vitko - please do bring flac - have looked for this for eons...

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  15. Any luck on the FLAC links?

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  16. please please flac

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    1. I'm sorry you've waited this long. The new link will be completed during the day.
      Regards.

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  17. New link:


    THE MIKE WESTBROOK CONCERT BAND - Marching Song, Vols. 1 / 2 (1969)
    Vol. 1 (FLAC):
    https://1fichier.com/?0391usz3yy
    Vol. 2 (FLAC):
    https://1fichier.com/?bxau1bmjy5

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  18. Excellent post ....my old scratched lp's can take a rest now!!

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  19. I have to say thanks, very much!

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