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Keith Tippett

Pianist Keith Tippett joins Alyn Shipton to pick highlights of his recorded catalogue. His projects range from the 50-piece orchestra Centipede to smaller improvised solo concerts.

Pianist Keith Tippett is a musician of extraordinary breadth and vision. His projects range from the vast 50-piece orchestra Centipede - so large it had its own private plane for touring - to introspective improvised solo concerts. He joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of a recorded catalogue that spans over forty years, and which not only contains his ensembles large and small, but several surprises as well.

Keith Tippett is one of Britain's most inventive musicians, although nowadays he something of a prophet without honour in his own land, celebrated in Europe, but performing infrequently at home. This edition of Jazz Library demonstrates just what local audiences have been missing, in a fascinating spread of music in which Tippett handles sprawling big bands with the same sureness of touch as he applies to his own piano playing. The programme includes his large groups Tapestry, Ark and Centipede, his current band Mujician, the celebratory Dedication Orchestra which commemorates the cream of South African jazz players, and Keith's long musical partnership with his wife, Julie Tippetts, who was formerly known as the pop singer Julie Driscoll, with her top ten hit for Brian Auger "Wheels on Fire".

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  • Keith Tippett

    Thoughts to Geoff

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Elton Dean (as); Marc Charig (crt); Nick Evans (tb); Keith Tippett (kb); Roy Babbington, (b); Bryan Spring (perc.). 1971

    • Dedicated To You But You Weren’t Listening.
    • Vertigo.
    • 6360 024.
  • Keith Tippett’s Centipede

    Septober Energy, Pt 2

    Composer: Septober Energy Performers: Mike Patto, Maggie Nicholls, Julie Tippetts, Zoot Money, Boz (voc); Brian Godding (gs); Colin Kitching, Esther Burgi, Steve Rowlandson, John Trussler, Philip Saudek, Wilfred Gibson, Wendy Treacher, Garth Morton, Louise Jopling, Channa Salononson, Carol Slater, Rod Skeaping, Micaela Comberti (vn); Timothy Kramer, Katharine Thulborn, Catherine Finnis, Michael Hurwitz, John Rees Jones, Suki Towb (cello;) Jan Steel, David White, Karl Jenkins, John "Buddy" Williams, Elton Dean, Dudu Pukwana, Ian MacDonald, Gary Windo, Brian Smith , Larry Stabbins, Alan Skidmore (reeds); Mark Charig, Ian Carr, Mick Collins , Peter Parkes, Mongezi Feza (tps); Dave Perrottet, Dave Amis, Nick Evans, Paul Rutherford (tbs); John Marshall (p, d, perc.); Keith Tippett (p); Roy Babbington (b); Tony Fennell, Robert Wyatt (d), 1971.

    • Septober Energy.
    • RCA.
    • 2054.
  • Keith Tippett’s Centipede

    Septober Energy, Pt 3

    Composer: Septober Energy Performers: Mike Patto, Maggie Nicholls, Julie Tippetts, Zoot Money, Boz (voc); Brian Godding (gs); Colin Kitching, Esther Burgi, Steve Rowlandson, John Trussler, Philip Saudek, Wilfred Gibson, Wendy Treacher, Garth Morton, Louise Jopling, Channa Salononson, Carol Slater, Rod Skeaping, Micaela Comberti (vn); Timothy Kramer, Katharine Thulborn, Catherine Finnis, Michael Hurwitz, John Rees Jones, Suki Towb (cello;) Jan Steel, David White, Karl Jenkins, John "Buddy" Williams, Elton Dean, Dudu Pukwana, Ian MacDonald, Gary Windo, Brian Smith , Larry Stabbins, Alan Skidmore (reeds); Mark Charig, Ian Carr, Mick Collins , Peter Parkes, Mongezi Feza (tps); Dave Perrottet, Dave Amis, Nick Evans, Paul Rutherford (tbs); John Marshall (p, d, perc.); Keith Tippett (p); Roy Babbington (b); Tony Fennell, Robert Wyatt (d), 1971.

    • Septober Energy.
    • RCA.
    • 2054.
  • Keith Tippett

    Blues I

    Composer: Julie Tippett / Keith Tippett / Roy Babbington Performers: Julie Tippetts (v); Keith Tippett (p); Roy Babbington (b), 1972.

    • Blueprint.
    • BGO.
    • 634.
  • Keith Tippett’s Ark

    Frames, Part 2

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Keith Tippett (p, harm.), Stan Tracey (p); Elton Dean (as); Trevor Watts (as, ss); Brian Smith (ts, ss, af); Larry Stabbins (ts, ss, fl); Mark Charig (t, th, Kenyan th p); Henry Lowther (t); Dave Amis, Nick Evans (tr); Maggie Nicols, Julie Tippetts (voc); Steve Levine, Rod Skeaping (v); Phil Wachsmann (ev, v); Geoffrey Wharton (v); Alexandra Robinson, Tim Kramer (cello); Peter Kowald (b, tub); Harry Miller (b); Louis Moholo (dr); Frank Perry (perc), 1977.

    • Frames (Music For An Imaginary Film).
    • Ogun.
    • 010.
  • Keith Tippett’s Ark

    Frames, Part 1

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Keith Tippett (p, harm.), Stan Tracey (p); Elton Dean (as); Trevor Watts (as, ss); Brian Smith (ts, ss, af); Larry Stabbins (ts, ss, fl); Mark Charig (t, th, Kenyan th p); Henry Lowther (t); Dave Amis, Nick Evans (tr); Maggie Nicols, Julie Tippetts (voc); Steve Levine, Rod Skeaping (v); Phil Wachsmann (ev, v); Geoffrey Wharton (v); Alexandra Robinson, Tim Kramer (cello); Peter Kowald (b, tub); Harry Miller (b); Louis Moholo (dr); Frank Perry (perc), 1977.

    • Frames (Music For An Imaginary Film).
    • Ogun.
    • 010.
  • Keith Tippett / Stan Tracey

    Veil Nebula

    Composer: Stan Tracey / Keith Tippett Performers: Stan Tracey, Keith Tippet (p), 21 Aug 1977.

    • Supernova.
    • Resteamed.
    • 105.
  • Keith and Julie Tippett

    Evening Psalm

    Composer: Julie Tippett / Keith Tippett Performers: Julie Tippetts (v); Keith Tippett (p), 1987.

    • Couples In Spirit.
    • EG Records Ltd.
    • 52.
  • Keith Tippett

    One for you Dudu

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Keith Tippett (p), 1992.

    • The Dartington Concert.
    • Editions EG.
    • 2106-2.
  • The Dedication Orchestra

    Mofolo

    Composer: Harry Miller Performers: Harry Beckett, Claude Deppa, Jim Dvorak, Pat Higgs, Henry Lowther, Kenny Wheeler, Ian Hamer, Marc Cahrig (t); Dave Amiss, Roland Bates, Malcolm Griffiths, Paul Rutherford (tb); Andy Grappy, Dave Powell (tu); Neil Metcalfe, Lol Coxhill, Mike Williams, Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Sean Bergin, Chris Biscoe (reeds); Keith Tippett (p); Paul Rogers (b); Louis Moholo (d), 3-5 Jan 1994.

    • The Dedication Orchestra.
    • Ogun.
    • 102.
  • Keith Tippett

    Linuckea

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Keith Tippett (p); David Le Page, Christopher George (vn); Malcolm Allison (viola); Phillip Sheppard (cello), Mar 2000.

    • Linuckea.
    • Future Music Distribution.
    • 70.
  • Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra

    Fourth Thread

    Composer: Keith Tippett Performers: Gethin Liddington, Pino Minafra, Jim Dvorak, Marc Charig (t); Malcolm Griffiths, Dave Amis, Paul Rutherford (tb); Oren Marshall (tu); Paul Dunmall, Simon Picard, Larry Stabbins, Elton Dean, Gianluigi Trovesi, Lee Goodall (reeds); Keith Tippett (p); Paul Rogers (b); Tony Levin, Louis Moholo (d); Julie Tippetts, Maggie Nichols, Vivien Ellis (voc). 3 May 1998.

    • Live At Le Mans.
    • Red Eye.
    • 008.
  • Mujician

    Colours Fulfilled: Part 1

    Composer: Tony Levin / Keith Tippett / Paul Dunmall / Paul Rogers Performers: Paul Dunmall (bagpipes, reeds); Keith Tippett (p); Paul Rogers (b); Tony Levin (d), 1997.

    • Colours Fulfilled.
    • Cuneiform.

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