• Barbara Thompson – Live At The BBC

    £64.99
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    • 14 CD set containing 27 complete radio programmes constituting 14 hours of music

    • Over 100 remastered and restored tracks from 1969-1990 together for the first time on one release

    • Featuring contributions from many legends of British jazz including Jack Bruce, Jon Hiseman, Don Rendell, Harry Beckett, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, Ian Carr, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Gary Husband, Frank Ricotti and Chris Spedding

    • Liner notes by celebrated jazz critic, broadcaster and saxophonist Dave Gelly MBE

  • The autobiographical story of her musical life...

    Publisher: Jazz in Britain

    “I know it's all true, I even know (or knew) many of the people, including the two principal characters, but one thing above all makes this story real to me: I can hear Barbara's voice telling it.”

    Dave Gelly MBE, April 2020
  • In response to numerous requests, we are offering five early LPs as high quality CD-Rs to owners of the original albums. Temple Music does not own the copyright to these albums and the fee you pay is for the transcription only, not for the content. The four albums offered in this series took 17 days to process from 34 un-played LPs in Jon Hiseman's archive. Over £30,000 worth of equipment was used in the process. The result is a listening experience as close to the original session masters as possible without access to the original tapes. No booklet is included with these CD-Rs. Basic artist/performer/title info is printed on the disc.
  • In response to numerous requests, we are offering five early LPs as high quality CD-Rs to owners of the original albums. Temple Music does not own the copyright to these albums and the fee you pay is for the transcription only, not for the content. The four albums offered in this series took 17 days to process from 34 un-played LPs in Jon Hiseman's archive. Over £30,000 worth of equipment was used in the process. The result is a listening experience as close to the original session masters as possible without access to the original tapes. No booklet is included with these CD-Rs. Basic artist/performer/title info is printed on the disc.
  • In response to numerous requests, we are offering five early LPs as high quality CD-Rs to owners of the original albums. Temple Music does not own the copyright to these albums and the fee you pay is for the transcription only, not for the content. The four albums offered in this series took 17 days to process from 34 un-played LPs in Jon Hiseman's archive. Over £30,000 worth of equipment was used in the process. The result is a listening experience as close to the original session masters as possible without access to the original tapes. No booklet is included with these CD-Rs. Basic artist/performer/title info is printed on the disc.
  • In response to numerous requests, we are offering five early LPs as high quality CD-Rs to owners of the original albums. Temple Music does not own the copyright to these albums and the fee you pay is for the transcription only, not for the content. The four albums offered in this series took 17 days to process from 34 un-played LPs in Jon Hiseman's archive. Over £30,000 worth of equipment was used in the process. The result is a listening experience as close to the original session masters as possible without access to the original tapes. No booklet is included with these CD-Rs. Basic artist/performer/title info is printed on the disc.
  • In response to numerous requests, we are offering five early LPs as high quality CD-Rs to owners of the original albums. Temple Music does not own the copyright to these albums and the fee you pay is for the transcription only, not for the content. The four albums offered in this series took 17 days to process from 34 un-played LPs in Jon Hiseman's archive. Over £30,000 worth of equipment was used in the process. The result is a listening experience as close to the original session masters as possible without access to the original tapes. No booklet is included with these CD-Rs. Basic artist/performer/title info is printed on the disc.
  • Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia with NYJO - OUT NOW!
    Seminal British jazz-rock band Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia join forces with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) for a new studio album featuring 10 original compositions from the virtuoso saxophonist, composer and bandleader Barbara Thompson MBE. The line-up includes the remaining able members of Paraphernalia – Pete Lemer on keyboards, Billy Thompson on violin, and Dave ‘Taif’ Ball on bass – who join forces with 17 phenomenal players from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. “What a lovingly constructed recording. A great tribute to one of the finest drummers ever by one of the best sax players ever – and her family. It matters not a jot that Barbara doesn’t actually play on the album because her creativity runs through the music which is a fitting tribute to two musicians who contributed so valuably to Jazz in general.”
    Mark Ringwood, Radio Broadcaster
  • Barbara Thompson – saxophone; Jon Hiseman – drums; Peter Lemer – keyboards; Billy Thompson – violin; Dave “Taif” Ball – Bass. With guests Shona Brown – Flute; Apollo Saxophone Quartet and Rachel Calaminus – violin and viola. (Barbara's last recording. Released 2015. CD review by Jon Turney) Barbara Thompson has been a luminous presence on the UK and European jazz scene, as composer, player and bandleader, since the 1970s. Against expectation, that presence dimmed only a little following her diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease in 1997. Performance and, I imagine, life in general became more confined. Yet, exploiting windows opened by evolving medication, she makes music still. The results testify that raw determination and refined pharmacology can keep creativity alive under trying circumstances. Her first “farewell” tour was in 2001, and she toured again with Colosseum as recently as last year. And now, a decade after their previous release, here’s a new CD from her own band Paraphernalia. It’s a fine addition to the band’s discography. The sound remains firmly in that corner of English jazz-rock where the energy comes from musical fervour, rather than heavy use of electricity. There is bass guitar, from Dave Ball, and long-standing keyboard partner Peter Lemer does evoke Joe Zawinul here and there. But there’s plenty of unprocessed piano, too, and the continual interplay between the front-liners – Thompson on saxes and Billy Thompson (no relation) on violin – is acoustic exuberance at its best. That sound, especially when Barbara deploys her attractively dry soprano sax while Billy soars and swoops on the violin, is intense, and full of invention, aided by a rich variety of compositions – some sinuous (Straitlaced), some slinky (Saxey, The Smooch), some simply infectious (Spring Fever). There are tenor workouts, too, but marked by the leader’s preference for creating melody rather than dashing through chord changes. Jon Hiseman, who as usual produced the sessions, executes the often complex drum parts with military precision, and the soundscape is broadened by the advent of the Apollo Saxophone quartet on one track, and Shona Brown’s flute on a couple of others. We won’t hear this music live, it seems, and there are a couple of tantalising fades that make one regret that all the more. But still very good to have the recording. It’s a thoroughly attractive CD, one that can brighten your day like an unexpected visit from an old friend.
  • “I consider this Paraphernalia video to be an important part of our legacy – there’s something really special about everyone’s contribution.”

    Jon Hiseman, from the 2010 book ‘Playing The Band’ by Martyn Hanson, published by Temple Music

    FIRST SET

    1. Close to the Edge 2. Are You Real 3. Smokey Embrace 4. On the Wings of a Prayer 5. Still Waters 6. Life in the Fast Lane

    SECOND SET

    7. Breathless 8. Son of a Gun 9. Shifting Sands Encores 10. Nightwatch 11. Kafferinya

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