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Dave Holdsworth's association with Mike Westbrook goes back to Mike's very first album "Celebration" issued in 1967. He appeared on "Release", "Marching Song", "Love Songs", "Tyger" and "Metropolis". Dave is currently a member of Mike's Uncommon Orchestra and appears on the album "A Bigger Show".

Dave has formed "New Brew" with an impressive line up of musicians who Dave has worked with in The Uncommon Orchestra. They are, Alan Wakeman on tenor and soprano saxes, another long time associate of Westbrook's. Roz Harding on alto sax, Marcus Vergette on bass and Coach York on drums. Their first album is entitled "Wodgi"

1. Wodgi
2. Harambee II
3. Waiting For The Rain
     Suite: Anytime Now
     4. About Time
     5. To Quietness
     6. Stump
     7. Jalaganga
8. Ten Day Simon
9. Lydia's List
10. Too Late, Too Late
11. Beefa
12. Lickety Split
13. Perhaps Tomorrow

The album can be bought online from Bandcamp

Dave Holdsworth's New Brew
Roz Harding
Mike Outram
Jim Bashford
Roz Harding is a member of Mike Westbrook's Uncommon Orchestra and appears on the album "A Bigger Show". She is also a member of Kate Westbrook's GRANITE BAND and featured on the albums Granite and Earth Felt The Wound.

SUPERMOOD are a band playing modern music rooted in jazz. Compositions by Roz Harding, band sound by everyone. Since emerging in 2013 SUPERMOOD have defined a captivating live sound ("Adventurous and moving" - Deirdre Cartwright).

Their music descibed as "fresh and imaginative" (Martin King - Smiths Academy Informer) is fuelled by improvisation, dramatic rhythms, movement and breath, raw textures and introspective melodies.

Influences for Roz's music include Kate Bush, Bob Dylan, Frederick Alexander and his technique, Art Pepper, Jeff Buckley, Prince, Nick Drake, Manic Street Preachers and Jackie McLean.

Roz Harding - Alto sax, voice
Mike Outram - Guitar, voice
Jim Bashford - Drums, voice

1. Breath intro
2. If You Could
3. Waiting For Pea
4. Tangled Part 1
5. Tangled Part 2
6. Mega Bear
7. You Breathed In a Storm
8. For The Moon
9. Breath Outro
10. Yesterday I Was On Time
11. Fifty-Two Fifty

You can hear complete sound samples and buy the album at Bandcamp
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Alan Wakeman - The Octet Broadcasts
Alan Wakeman
The Octet Broadcasts
The Octet Broadcasts is made up of two BBC sessions from 1969 and 1979 respectively. Taken and mastered from the original analogue tapes by Gearbox, the album offers a snapshot of a time when British jazz was at another high, featuring such names as John Taylor, Alan Skidmore, Paul Lytton, and Art Themen, who themselves were contemporaries of and collaborated with the likes of Evan Parker, Michael Garrick, Ian Carr, and Roscoe Mitchell.

Wakeman, influenced by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus and mentored by Mike Westbrook, was composing singular, large ensemble pieces at a time when jazz had long left the limelight and rock was in the foreground. His brand of warm, pastoral jazz, reminiscent of brass bands and traditional chorales whilst also fit to bursting with free improvisation and dramatic motifs, is representative of a magical period in British jazz which deserves to be unearthed and heard again. 
Jazz Workshop 1969

A1 Dreams
A2 Forever
B1 Merry-Go-Round

Alan Wakeman: tenor sax, clarinet
Alan Skidmore: tenor sax, flute, two gongs at once
Mike Osborne: alto sax, clarinet, tambourine
Paul Rutherford: trombone, small Chinese gong
Paul Nieman: trombone, small Chinese gong
John Taylor: piano, castanets
Lindsay Cooper: bass, sleigh bells
Paul Lytton: drums

Introduced by Brian Priestley
Produced by Roger Eames

Recorded at BBC Aeolian Studio 2 between 7.00 and 10.30pm on Friday 21st November 1969

Jazz in Britain 1979

C1 Charles Fox Introduction
C2 Chaturanga
C3 Manhattan Variation
D1 Vienna
D2 Robatsch Defense
D3 Kingside Breakthrough
D4 Charles Fox Conclusion

Alan Wakeman: tenor sax, soprano sax
Alan Skidmore: tenor sax
Art Themen: tenor sax
Henry Lowther: trumpet
Paul Rutherford: trombone
Gordon Beck: piano
Chris Lawrence: bass
Nigel Morris: drums

Introduced by Charles Fox
Produced by Pete Ritzema

Recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 5 between 2.30 and 6.00 pm on Wednesday 23rd May 1979
The album can be bought online from Bandcamp

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Kate & Mike Westbrook
Kate and Mike Westbrook