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Graham Collier

The late bandleader and composer Graham Collier joins Alyn Shipton to pick key recordings from his career, from early triumphs such as Down Another Road to a 70th birthday album.

Few people did more to promote the cause of jazz in Britain than Graham Collier, who died on September 9th. He led a succession of pioneering ensembles over the last 45 years, and was a key figure in Jazz Education. Collier was still actively writing and composing right up until the time of his death. In this special memorial edition of Jazz Library, Alyn Shipton presents an archive interview with Collier, who selected highlights from his long career, from early triumphs such as Down Another Road to his last issued album Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks.

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Sun 2 Oct 2011 00:00

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  • Graham Collier Sextet

    Aberdeen Angus

    Composer: Collier Performers: Harry Beckett (flugelhorn); Stan Sulzmann (also sax, tenor sax); Nick Evans (trombone); Karl Jenkins (oboe, piano); Graham Collier (bass); John Marshall (drums). Recorded: London, March, 1969.

    • Down Another Road.
    • BGO.
    • 767 CD1.
  • Graham Collier

    Mosaics, Part 4: Themes 2 and 8 (excerpt)

    Composer: Collier Performers: Harry Beckett, t; Alan Wakeman, ss, ts; Bob Sydor, as, ts; Geoff Castle, p; Graham Collier, b; John Webb, d. Recorded: London, 12th December, 1970.

    • Mosaics.
    • BGO.
    • 767 CD 2.
  • Graham Collier

    The Alternate Mosaics, Part 4: Theme 8

    Composer: Collier Performers: Harry Beckett, t; Alan Wakeman, ss, ts; Bob Sydor, as, ts; Geoff Castle, p; Graham Collier, b; John Webb, d. Recorded: London, 12th December, 1970.

    • The Alternate Mosaics.
    • BGO.
    • 822 CD 2.
  • Graham Collier

    New Conditions Introduction

    Composer: Collier Performers: Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, t; Pete Duncan, Malcolm Griffiths, tb; Art Themen, Alan Wakeman, Mike Paige, reeds; Ed Speight, g; Roger Dean, kb; Graham Collier, b; John Webb, d; John Mitchell, perc. Recorded: June, 1976.

    • New Conditions: Introduction.
    • BGO.
    • 895 CD 2.
  • Graham Collier

    Hoarded Dreams: Part 6

    Composer: Collier Performers: John Schroder, Ed Speight, g; Geoff Warren, a. fl, as; John Surman, cl, bcl, bs; Matthias Schubert, ob, ts; Art Themen, ss, ts; Kenny Wheeler, Ted Curson, Tomasz Stanko, Henry Lowther, Manfred Schoof, tp, fh; Eje Thelin, Malcolm Griffiths, tb; Dave Powell, tu; Ashley Brown, d, perc. Recorded: Bracknell Jazz Festival, 1983.

    • Hoarded Dreams.
    • Cuneiform.
    • RUNE 252.
  • Graham Collier

    The Hackney Five (excerpt)

    Composer: Collier Performers: Henry Lowther, Steve Waterman, Patrick White, t; Hugh Fraser, Bill Mee, tb; Andy Grappy, tu; Chris Biscoe, Art Themen, Mark Lockheart, Geoff Warren, reeds; Ed Speight, g; Pete Saberton, p; Dudley Phillips, b; John Marshall, d. Recorded: London Jazz Festival, May, 1994.

    • Charles River Fragments.
    • Boathouse.
    • 004.
  • Graham Collier and The Jazz Ensemble

    Out Blues

    Composer: Collier Performers: Ed Sarath, Steve Waterman, Simon Finch, tp, fh; Hugh Fraser, Mat Colman, tb; Oren Marshall, tu; Art Themen, Karlheinz Miklin, Steve Main, Geoff Warren, reeds; Roger Dean, kb; Ed Speight, g; Andy Clyndert, b; John Marshall, d. Recorded: London Jazz Festival, November, 1997.

    • The Third Colour.
    • ASC.
    • CD 28.

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