Thursday, July 18, 2013


Radio Recording
Format: CD, Album; Country: UK – Released: ?
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded live at the Conservatorio di Musica „Umberto Giordano “ Foggia, Italy in 1985. 
Composed By – Stabbins, Tippett, Moholo
Design By – ART&JAZZ Studio - 2010
Artwork and Complete Design by VITKO

Excellent recordings of three top "free jazz" improvisers. Recorded live during a performance at the Conservatorio di Musica „Umberto Giordano “ Foggia, Italy in 1985.

Larry Stabbins learned clarinet at school from the age of eight, when his musical idol was Acker Bilk. He started playing saxophone at the age of eleven. He was soon playing in local dance bands, doing his first paid gig aged twelve, and later also playing, in soul bands, particularly the music of Junior Walker and James Brown. He started working with pianist Keith Tippett when he was sixteen and later contributed to various Tippett projects such as Centipede, Ark, Tapestry and the Keith Tippett Septet. In addition the two also worked for a time in a trio with South African percussionist Louis Moholo.

In London in the early 1970 ’ s, after a brief period in the Chris McGregor ’ s Brotherhood of Breath, he played with John Stevens ’ Spontaneous Music Orchestra, and occasionally with the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME). During this period he also worked as a freelance commercial musician, playing studio sessions, nightclubs and West End shows, as well as playing in more jazz-based situations such as Mike Westbrook ’ s 'Solid Gold Cadillac'. In the 1980 ’ s he joined the Tony Oxley Quintet and played in various versions of the band and also with the Celebration Orchestra, for many years.

Around the same time he joined the London Jazz Composers Orchestra as well as Peter Brotzmann ’ s Alarm Orchestra and its successor the tentet 'Marz Combo'. He also worked with, among others, the Eddie Prevost Quartet, Trevor Watts ’ Moire Music, Louis Moholo ’ s Spirits Rejoice, Elton Dean ’ s Ninesense and the Heinz Becker Quintet...

In recent years Stabbins has worked with Keith Tippett ’ s Tapestry Orchestra, in Louis Moholo ’ s Dedication Ochestra, in a quartet with Howard Riley, playing the music of Robert Wyatt in Soupsongs, and in Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra.

The album 'Stonephace' on Tru Thoughts Recordings, a collaboration with rave producer and DJ Krzysztof Oktalski, featured Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and Helm DeVegas on keyboards, plus a guest appearance by trumpeter Guy Barker.

His latest project 'Stonephace Stabbins' features Mercury nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, Crispin "Spry" Robinson from 1990's Jazz/Rap band Galliano on percussion, Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Pat Illingworth on drums, all of whom also play in Jerry Dammers ’ Spatial AKA Orchestra.

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  1. STABBINS / TIPPETT / MOHOLO – Foggia (Live-1985)



  2. Hey Vitko - big thanks for this. I'm listening to it now. I hear Keith tippet's voice and Larry Stabbins playing flute. Great stuff!!

  3. This is really a great stuff, Tippett, Stabbins and Moholo were apparently particularly inspired...
    ...Stabbins on wind instruments ... brilliant ...and Tippett on piano ... ... it's a madhouse ... :)...Moholo elegantly restrained, refined...and all of a sudden explosion ... then so glorious silence ...and then...ehh...what would give that I was there ... ... ...I love this kind of adventure.

  4. Finally listened to the first set and, jings Vitko, this is glorious. Thank you.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks, I'm always happy when someone praises my work:)
      Also recommended album: MOHOLO / STABBINS / TIPPETT – Tern (1983), recorded live on 3 and 5 November 1982 during the Total Music Meeting performances at the Quatier Latin, Berlin


  6. Hello,
    I think that is a clip of this recording.
    It woulkd be intresting find the whole video and put tha audio.
    Isn't it?
    Thank You.

    best Wishes R.