30 September 2017

Mike Westbrook Sextet live in Montreux 1968


When I found this, my eyes went WOW! I can't believe it! This is taken from a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968. The sextet has the following line-up:

Mike Osborne - alto
John Surman - baritone
Malcolm Griffiths - trombone
Mike Westbrook - piano
Harry Miller - bass
Alan Jackson - drums

This concert features the line-up at about the time of the first Concert Band albums on Deram from 1967 onwards to about 1970. I can't identify the tunes here - two slabs at about 20 minutes each - but I'll have a listen to the afore-mentioned albums and see if I can get any further. In the middle of the first piece, Surman slips into "The Girl from Ipanema" of all things (which is on Release) and there are some thematic passages that do sound like marching songs. To be verified if possible.

Make this an essential listening if you're into golden age British Jazz. And I mean essential!


17 comments:

kinabalu said...

Adrive

Thaddeus Milne said...

Thanks!

Doug S. said...

Wow indeed! Thank you so much, kinabalu!

konjaku said...

Thank you!

Palimpsestuous said...

Thank you!

francisco santos said...

BIG THX!...

armando said...

Great line-up. Thanks a lot!

rebf942 said...

Many thanks.

Paul Woods said...

Thanks a million for this kinabalu takes me back to great times of adventurous British music. Also seem to remember John Surman was awarded best soloist of Montreux 68 great set I guess between Celebration and Release. Saw Mike in the 70's when as an encore they all blasted out Flying Home. On a different blog I saw this which maybe the setlist:

Out and About (Surman) 10:27

The Girl From Ipanema (Jobim/de Moraes/Gimbel)/Unknown 11:28

Unknown 8:24

Forever And A Day (Westbrook) 7:08

The Lamplighter (Surman) 8:02

assu said...

Yeah!!!!!!!! thank you
Bra Robs

Miloš Latislav said...

Thank you Kinabalu!

Tantris said...

The entire concert hangs together really well; Harry Miller's bass is astonishing!

Solomon said...

Thank you!

Wallofsound said...

Wonderful.

Ernst Grgo Nebhuth said...

Great music! Thank you, kinabalu. This fits quite well with the recent Mike Westbrook box-set which includes a.o. a sextet recording from 1966 with the same line-up..

wightdj said...

Appreciated, thanks.

ritzbird said...

Many thanks for this very early Christmas present !