The Bird Curtis Quintet

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This very rare British jazz album from 1968 gets the Jazzaggression reissue treatment with improved sound,
new liner-notes and additional CD and DIGITAL download inside. Comes with new pictures and new liner notes from the band members.

“Poised and practically perfect private press deepness. The best British jazz record you’ve never heard.” – Alan McKinnon (Duvet Rustling Jazz / Back2Back FM)
“The one European jazz record everybody should have” Eero Löyttyjärvi (We Jazz)

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1 review for The Bird Curtis Quintet

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dusty Groove Chicago

    Bird Curtis isn’t a single guy, but instead the title of the group – a conflation of the names of tenorist Ian Bird and trumpeter John Tewlaney Curtis – who both lead this fabulous British group from the end of the 60s! These guys are far less known than giants of their scene from the time – like Tubby Hayes, Michael Garrick, or Joe Harriott – but they play with a similar blend of modernism and bop, at a level that makes this lost album one that you’ll easily play next to treasures from those bigger artists! The writing and sense of arrangement are superb – very fresh and original, so that these guys are never just trying to ape an American hardbop mode – ala Blue Note or Prestige – and instead really find a new level of creative interplay between all the instruments in the quintet, especially on the long tracks in the set. Other group members include Ray Shea on piano, Daryl Runswick on bass, and Tim Wooley on drums – all but one of whom contributed original material to the set, along with the leaders – and titles include “The Butter Tree”, “10:15”, “Sails”, “Tartain Reign & Victory In Splendour”, and “Tropicana”.

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