Richard Morton Jack Labyrinth: British Jazz On Record 1960 - 75 (UK ORDERS ONLY PLEASE)

16th May 2024

Format Info

Hardback Book

Due to the weight of this product, please only purchase if you reside in the United Kingdom for now. Thanks for your understanding.

Where to start with this beauty, this absolutely magnificent labour of love, Beautifully reproduced sleeve images and photos, archive reviews (uptight, sometimes unintentionally funny) this is the truth of British Jazz as it moved from total control to total freedom. Beautiful artwork, in places you can look at it and know how the music sounds.

Labyrinth is the most comprehensive book ever published about 60s and 70s British jazz albums. It’s a massive hardback, 375pp in length, printed on high-quality art paper, with an embossed cover and cloth quarter-binding. Labyrinth celebrates over three hundred albums, offering detailed background info about each, alongside excerpts from original reviews and masses of high-quality images that reproduce their fabulous artwork and labels at near-full size.

Covering abstract jazz, avant-garde jazz, serial jazz, free jazz, Indo-jazz, jazz-rock and more, it tells a story Britain should be proud of: open-minded and creative musicians pushing the boundaries of their art in the face of penury and indifference, and welcoming influences from a range of other cultures via immigrant musicians such as Joe Harriott (Jamaica), Amancio D’Silva (India), Guy Warren (Ghana) and Harry Beckett (Barbados). Labyrinth also features a fascinating introduction by Tony Reeves (Mike Taylor Quartet, New Jazz Orchestra, Colosseum etc).

Book of the year. Maybe.