Mike Westbrook conductor, electric piano

John Surman baritone and soprano saxes, bass clarinet

The Swedish Radio Jazz Group:

Arne Domnérus alto saxophone, clarinet

Claes Rosendahl tenor saxophone, flute

Lennart Åberg tenor and soprano saxophone, flute

Erik Nilsson baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute

Americo Bellotto trumpet

Bertil Lövgren trumpet, flugel horn

Jan Allan trumpet, alto horn

Håkan Nyquist trumpet, flugel horn, French horn

Lars Olofsson trombone

Sven Larsson bass trombone, tuba

Rune Gustafsson guitar

Bengt Hallberg piano

Georg Riedel bass

Stefan Brolund bass guitar

Egil Johansen drums

Jan Bandel drums, vibraphone, percussion

1. Overture
2. Construction
3. Pistache
4. View from the Drawbridge
5. Love and Understanding
6. Tender Love
7. Bebop de Rigueur
8. Pastorale
9. Sleepwalker Awaking in Sunlight
10. Outgoing Song
11. Finale
Mike Westbrook’s Citadel/Room 315
Recorded live in concert March 28th 1974 at Folkets Hus Södertälje, Sweden

Composed and arranged by Mike Westbrook
Commissioned by Sveriges Radio
Produced by Bosse Broberg

Release date: 3rd April 2020
Available on limited edition 2-LP vinyl, CD + all digital platforms
Available from My Only Desire Records - Cat Number: MOD003 / MOD003CD
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Love and Understanding - Mie Westbrook featuring John Surman
Love and Understanding
Citadel/Room 315 Sweden 1974
Mike Westbrook
featuring John Surman
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The third release on My Only Desire Records is the debut performance of esteemed pianist/composer Mike Westbrook's cult 70s jazz masterpiece Citadel/Room 315, recorded live in 1974. Featured soloists throughout Love and Understanding are the iconic ECM recording artist John Surman plus a crack team of top Scandinavian jazz musicians.

The original RCA recording of Citadel/Room 315 is an hour-long suite of eleven tracks, beautifully composed and arranged by Mike Westbrook that is rightly considered to be one of the high-points of Brit-jazz from that era. Mike was commissioned by Sveriges (Swedish) Radio to write the work with Surman as lead soloist. He then travelled to Sweden to perform and conduct it for the first time, live in concert. This recording has never been released until now and presents a wildly different recording to the later LP, the rawness and freedom of the playing contrasting strongly with the more polished studio album.

Surman - playing baritone and soprano saxophone, plus bass clarinet - is in sumptuously freewheeling form throughout, soaring between wild expression and wonderfully controlled playing, perfectly complimenting Mike's compositions that gracefully move from jazz-rock, ballads, to tightly composed orchestral themes and more avant-garde moments. Backed by the 16-piece Swedish Radio Jazz Group led by saxophonist Arne Domnérus and Argentinian trumpeter Americo Bellotto, the group comprised the finest players on the Swedish scene, including trumpeters Jan Allan and Bertil Lövgren, guitarist Rune Gustafsson, pianist Bengt Hallberg and drummer Egil Johansen. Between them they had worked with everyone from George Russell and Stan Getz, to Monica Zetterlund and Jan Johansson.

"For this jaw-dropping 1974 recording, Westbrook drew on the range and daring of a phenomenally on-form John Surman and his own marriage to vocalist Kate Westbrook to craft a dizzying, wide-ranging suite." - ★★★★★ MOJO
"Both as a wildly different take on a much-loved original and as compelling proof of the saxophonist's greatness, it's scintillating stuff." - ★★★★ Record Collector
"Captures a snapshot of a younger Westbrook, coupled with an exuberant big band. An exciting record, it marks an early foray into big band composing and arranging, and indicates the direction he would follow in later years." - LondonJazzNews
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