Tuesday, June 21, 2016

THE GRAHAM COLLIER SEPTET – Deep Dark Blue Centre (LP-1967-SML 1005)




Label: Deram – SML 1005
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo / Country: UK / Released: 1967
Style: Post Bop, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Jackson Studios, January 15, 18 and 24, 1967.
Design [Sleeve Design] – Gillian Jackson Designs
Liner Notes – Charles Fox
Producer – John Jackson, Malcolm Jackson
This is the original THE GRAHAM COLLIER SEPTET - Deep Dark Blue Centre 1967 STEREO release, 1st PRESS
Also in mono (Cat# DML 1005)

A1 - Blue Walls .................................................................................... 4:32
A2 - El Miklos ...................................................................................... 6:48
A3 - Hirayoshi Suite ............................................................................. 5:55
A4 - Crumblin Cookie .......................................................................... 5:21
B1 - Conversations .............................................................................. 6:42
B2 - Deep Dark Blue Centre .............................................................. 13:23

Graham Collier – bass, arranged
Dave Aaron – alto saxophone, flute
Karl Jenkins – baritone saxophone, oboe
Philip Lee – guitar
Kenny Wheeler – trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks: A2, B1, B2)
Harry Beckett – trumpet, flugelhorn (tracks: A1, A3, A4)
Michael Gibbs – trombone
John Marshall – drums, percussion

Graham Collier’s 1967 debut album with Kenny Wheeler, Harold Beckett, Philip Lee, Mike Gibbs, Karl Jenkins and John Marshall (the latter two members of Soft Machine).




A fine bassist and one of the most important British jazz composers and arrangers, Graham Collier boasts a discography the envy of many of his contemporaries. This critically acclaimed album features a young Kenny Wheeler, and Harry Beckett, with others from the vibrant British scene of the late 1960s. Collier's influences have been tied to Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, and even Miles Davis, and this unlikely combination is clearly evident in his concepts: There are contrapuntal lines, complex rhythms tempered by a gentleness and glazed by simultaneous improvisations. The substantial nature of the music amply rewards the adventurous listener. The strong personalities of the soloists ensure individuality, while the juxtaposition of the flute, guitar, and trumpet lend a light air to some of the tracks. Collier's wonderfully diverse compositions are waiting to be discovered by a new generation, as his timeless, carefully crafted structures are charmingly alluring...
(Review by Steve Loewy)


"Collier's Septet plays Collier's music which is brilliantly constructed in the Gil Evans manner. Could any recommendation be higher? Collier has a great ear for melody, for new ways of jazz counterpoint, for interesting instrumentation. Five stars".
(Derek Jewell, The Sunday Times)



If you find it, buy this album!

9 comments:

  1. THE GRAHAM COLLIER SEPTET – Deep Dark Blue Centre (LP-1967)
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  2. Many thanks, was missing this.

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  3. nice to see LP rop! thanks!

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  4. I have this album in multiple formats including a still-sealed vinyl. It is a set of astounding beauty and continues to impress whenever I hear it. I tried playing some of his music with a band I used to play bass with and it is highly complex but as the same time sounds so seamless and almost simple. He was a fabulous person with a great commitment to music and music education... its impossible to fully quantify the impact he had on British jazz.

    While there are some that I listen to more than others, there isn't a duff recording in his catalogue. If you can get them (most were reissued by Discoferme a few years back) you should, especially the 'companion' album to this one @Down Another Road@ and the 2cd set "Workpoints" (possibly available on Cuneiform.

    Great music and well worth every penny I've ever spent on his recordings.

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