John Surman

Born 30 August 1944.
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Jazz Library - John Surman

Saxophonist John Surman joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recording career.

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John Douglas Surman (born 30 August 1944) is an English jazz saxophone, bass clarinet and synthesizer player, and composer of free jazz and modal jazz, often using themes from folk music as a basis. He has also composed and performed much music for dance performances and film soundtracks.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Saltash Bells

    Saltash Bells 2012

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    A solo LP of great merit that pays tribute to its maker’s West Country upbringing.
  2. Review of Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop – April ‘69

    Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop – April ‘69 2011

    Reviewed by Daniel Spicer
    As a snapshot of deep 60s jazz, British or otherwise, this is 100% gold.
  3. Review of Brewster's Rooster

    Brewster's Rooster 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    Brewster's Rooster never outstays its welcome.
  4. Review of Spaces In Between

    Spaces In Between 2007

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    Impressively, Surman has pulled such seemingly diverse material together into an album...
  5. Review of Free and Equal

    Free and Equal 2003

    Reviewed by John Eyles
    Recorded live at Robert Wyatt's Meltdown; drummer and saxophonist together with London...
  6. Review of Way Back When

    Way Back When

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    A long lost 1969 session from UK national treasure Surman, together with John Taylor...
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