John Surman/Stan Tracey – concert recording

Recorded 8 July 1978, South Hill Park, Bracknell; Crovis broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 28 May 1979 unissued

John Surman, reeds; Stan Tracey, piano

Unknown Title 11:27

Crovis 9:29

Three Against One (Surman/Tracey) 13:38

Summer Hobo (Surman/Tracey) 6:02

Unknown Title [cut] 5:39

Unknown Title 5:05

The broadcast of ‘Crovis’ (in a compilation of various sets from Bracknell 1978 introduced by Ronnie Scott) suggests a radio recording of this concert; the copy I have heard is an audience recording


John Surman, Janet Cooke – BBC radio session

Recorded 31 May 1978, BBC Studio, London; first broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Jazz in Britain’, 3 July 1978 unissued

John Surman, soprano and baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, Moog synthesiser, EMS synthesiser; Janet Cooke, ARP synthesiser, String ensemble

‘Cypher Ballet Music’
Overture (Cooke) 10:07

Water Solo (Cooke) 4:30

Scaling Music (Cooke) 5:33

Call Solo (Cooke) 7:34

Albert Mangelsdorff – John Surman – concert recording

Recorded 15 May 1978, 07 New Jazz Festival, Moers unissued

Albert Mangelsdorff, trombone; John Surman, soprano and baritone saxophones

Room 1220 10:48

John Surman/Stan Tracey – ‘Sonatinas’

Recorded 24-25 April 1978, South Hill Park Arts Center, Bracknell, England Steam SJ 106 (UK) [LP]

John Surman, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, recorder, synthesizers; Stan Tracey, piano, synthesizers

Escape From Waterloo (Surman/Tracey) 10:05

Three Against One (Surman/Tracey) 6:25

Still On The Run (Surman/Tracey) 4:20

Murphy’s Dream (Surman/Tracey) 3:40

Fleeting Glances (Surman/Tracey) 8:00

Summer Hobo (Surman/Tracey) 5:55

Chalk Blue (Surman/Tracey) 5:00

Ominoso (Surman/Tracey) 8:05

all tracks except track 1 are included on the CD Stan Tracey: Duets, Blue Note (UK) CDP 789450

John Surman/Barre Phillips – ‘Merry-Go-Round’ film soundtrack

Recorded Unknown 1977/8 unissued

John Surman, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet; Barre Phillips, bass

Opening Theme (Surman) 3:31

Piece I (Surman, Phillips) 7:14

Cues #1
Cues #2
Cues #3
Cues #4
Cues #5

Piece II (Surman, Phillips) 5:46

Cues #6
Cues #7
Cues #8
Cues #9
Cues #10

Piece III (Surman, Phillips) 6:22

Cues #11
Cues #12
Cues #13
Cues #14
Cues #15

Karin Krog – ‘Cloud Line Blue’

Recorded 1977-78, Riverside Recordings, London, and Talent Studios, Oslo Polydor 2382 093 (Germany) [LP], Poljazz PSJ-82 (Poland) [LP] P-Vine PCD-22063 (Japan) [CD], Meantime 11 (Norway) [CD]

Karin Krog, voice; John Surman, soprano and baritone saxophones, bass clarinet, synthesizers, guitar, piano; Janet Cooke, piano on 1, 4, string ensemble on 1, 3, 4, 5; Stu Martin, drums on 2, 4, 7

Alone Song (Surman/Rowlands) 4:23

New Spring (Surman/Payne/Martin/Rowlands) 6:53

Eyeless In Movement (Surman/Krog/Rowlands) 6:26

Jonathan (Surman/Krog/Martin/Rowlands) 7:25

Empty Streets (Surman/Rowlands) 4:12

Cloud Line Blue (Surman/Krog/Rowlands) 8:52

Edge Piece (Surman/Martin/Rowlands) 2:53

Poljazz PSJ-82 credits the album to Karin Krog and has an alternate sleeve to all subsequent releases. Track 5 is included on the compilation Karin Krog: Jubilee: The Best Of 30 Years (Verve 523716-2 [2CD])

John Surman featuring Tony Levin – ‘Live At Moers Festival’

Recorded May 16, 1975, International New Jazz Festival, Moers, Germany Ring 01006 (Germany) [LP]

John Surman, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, synthesizers; Tony Levin, drums

Element Of Surprise (Surman) 12:28

Resulting Confusion (Surman) 4:40

A Solution Found (Surman) 7:19

Journey In Hope (Surman) 10:21

Speedy Preparation (Surman) 8:13

A Little German Clap And You Have It (Surman) 5:19

Mike Westbrook and John Surman with the Swedish Radio Jazz Group – radio broadcast

Recorded 28 March 1974, Folkets Hus, Sodertalje, Stockholm, Sweden unissued

Mike Westbrook, conductor, electric piano; John Surman, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet; Americo Bellotto, trumpet; Bertil Lövgren, trumpet, flugelhorn; Jan Allan, trumpet, alto horn; Håkan Nyqvist, trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn; Lars Olofsson, trombone; Sven Larsson, bass trombone, tuba; Arne Domnérus, alto saxophone, clarinet; Claes Rosendahl, tenor saxophone, flute; Lennart Åberg, tenor and soprano saxophones, flute; Erik Nilsson, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, flute; Rune Gustafsson, guitars; Bengt Hallberg, piano; Georg Riedel, bass; Stefan Brolund, bass guitar; Egil Johansen, drums; Jan Bandel, percussion

Citadel/Room 315 (suite) 61:00 (approx)
1. Overture – Construction
2. Pistache
3. View from the drawbridge
4. Love and understanding
5. Tender love
6. Bebop de rigeur
7. Pastorale
8. Sleepwalker awaking in sunlight
9. Outgoing song
10. Finale

First performance of ‘Citadel/Room 315’, recorded for Swedish Radio. Work commissioned and recorded by Swedish Radio. Produced by Bosse Broberg.

John Surman – ‘Westering Home’

recorded September 1972, London Island HELP 10 (UK) [LP], Future Music CD16-L795 (UK) [CD]

John Surman, baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, recorder, piano, synthesizer, percussion

Mock Orange (Surman) 4:31

Whirligig (Surman) 3:43

Jynjyg (Surman) 5:42

The Druid (Surman) 7:38

Outside The Scorpion (Surman) 2:46

Walrus (Surman) 4:00

Hornpipe (Surman) 5:52

Watershed (Surman) 6:05

Rill-a-ree (Surman) 6:46

John Surman/John Warren – ‘Tales Of The Algonquin’

Recorded April 1971, London Deram SML 1094 (UK) [LP], Deram 844883-2 (UK) [CD] Vocalion CDSML8410 (UK) [CD]

Martin Drover, Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, trumpet, fluegelhorn; Malcolm Griffiths, Ed Harvey, Danny Almark, trombone; Mike Osborne, alto saxophone, clarinet; Stan Sulzmann, alto and soprano saxophones, flute; Alan Skidmore, tenor saxophone, flute; John Surman, baritone and soprano saxophones; John Warren, baritone saxophone, flute; John Taylor, piano; Harry Miller, Barre Phillips, bass; Alan Jackson, Stu Martin, drums

With Terry’s Help (Warren) 5:56

We’ll Make It (Warren) 6:21

The Dandelion (Warren) 6:10

Picture-Tree (Warren) 5:47

The Purple Swan (Warren) 23:15

Shingebis And The North Wind (Warren)

The Adventures of Manabush (Warren)

The White Water Lily (Warren)

Wihio The Wanderer (Warren)

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