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Alan Skidmore

Saxophonist Alan Skidmore joins Alyn Shipton to select his best recordings, including with John Mayall and Eric Clapton, and with SOS and SOH.

Alan Skidmore is a legendary figure in British jazz and one of its truly individual saxophone voices. To celebrate his imminent 70th birthday, he joins Alyn Shipton to select some of his finest recordings, ranging from work with John Mayall and Eric Clapton to the experimental bands SOS and SOH. He also discusses his work with African musicians and his lifelong love for the music of John Coltrane.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 18 Mar 2012 00:00


Music Played

  • John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton - Have You Heard

    Composer: Mayall Performers: John Mayall, p, org, hca, v; Eric Clapton, g; John McVie, b; Hughie Flint, d; Alan Skidmore, ts; John Almond, bar; Derek Healey, t. March 1966.

  • Alan Skidmore Quintet

    Old San Juan

    Composer: John Warren Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts; Kenny Wheeler, t; John Taylor, p; Harry Miller, b; Tony Oxley, d. 1969

    • Once Upon A Time.
    • Dutton Vocalion.
    • 8406.
  • Alan Skidmore Quintet + Guests

    Jack Knife

    Composer: Surman Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts; Malcolm Griffiths, tb; John Taylor, p; Chris Laurence, b; Tony Levin, d. 1970

    • Tcb.
    • Dutton / Volcalion.
    • 8481.
  • S.O.S. (Skidmore - Osborne - Surman)

    Where's Junior

    Composer: Skidmore - Osborne - Surman Performers: Mike Osbone, as; Alan Skidmore, ts; John Surman, ss, bar. Jan 1975

    • S.O.S..
    • Ogun.
    • CD 019.
  • S.O.H. (Skidmore - Oxley – Haurand)

    Percussion 10/Ruby Doo'

    Composer: Skidmore - Oxley - Haurand Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts, ss; Tony Oxley, d; Ali Haurand, b. 1983

    • Live In London.
    • Jazzwerkstatt.
    • 016.
  • Alan Skidmore with Hannover Philharmonie NDR Orchestra

    It's Easy to Remember

    Composer: Rodgers, Hart Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts; Hannover Philhamonie NDR Orchestra 1998.

    • After The Rain – A Collection of Ballads.
    • Miles Music.
    • unknown.
  • Alan Skidmore Quartet


    Composer: Coltrane Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts; Jason Rebello, p; Dave Green, b; Stephen Keogh, d. 1991

    • Tribute to Trane.
    • Miles Music.
    • CDMM075.
  • Alan Skidmore with Amampondo

    Joyful Reunion

    Composer: Skidmore / Amampondo Performers: Alan Skidmore, Steve Melling, p; Arnie Somogyi, b; Gary Husband, d. 2004

    • The Call.
    • Provocateur.
    • 1018.
  • Alan Skidmore's Ubizo

    Sweet S.A.

    Composer: Skidmore Performers: Alan Skidmore, ts; Ingolf Burkhardt, t and flugelhorn; Steve Melling, p; Arnie Somogyi, db; Stephen Keogh, d; Michael Ludonga, Simpiwe Matole, Mandla Lande, Risenga Makondo, Mzwandile Qotoyi, African drums, percussion, piano, marimba, kudu horn, vocals. 2002

    • Ubizo.
    • Provocateur.
    • 1036.
  • Alan Skidmore Quartet


    Composer: Coltrane Performers: Alan Skidmore, Mike Gorman, Aidan O’Donnell, Ian Palmer, 2010.

    • Impressions of John Coltrane.
    • Jazzwerkstatt.
    • 92006.