Please register here if you want to download anything!

John Surman

Karin Krog & John Surman - Cloud Line Blue (1979) Remastered Reissue 2004

Karin Krog & John Surman - Cloud Line Blue (1979) Remastered Reissue 2004
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 250 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 100 Mb | Scans included
Vocal Jazz, Post-Bop, Avant-Garde Jazz | Label: Meantime | # MR11 | 00:41:15

The Norwegian vocalist Karin Krog is described by the Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD as "one of Europe's most stylish and significant jazz singers." This duo session recorded with John Surman in 1976 began a professional relationship with Surman that has continued to this day. Available now for the first time on CD the session is notable for Krog's expressive and technically astute voice, her advanced musical ideas and Surman's use of acoustic instrumentation (saxes and clarinet) combined with electronics (moog and other synthesizers).
Paul Bley & Gary Peacock & Tony Oxley & John Surman - In The Evenings Out There (1993) {ECM 1488}

Paul Bley & Gary Peacock & Tony Oxley & John Surman - In The Evenings Out There (1993) {ECM 1488}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 213MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 134MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Post-Bop

Pianist Paul Bley was touring Scandinavia with a quartet made up of longtime associate Gary Peacock on bass and two brilliant British musicians, drummer Tony Oxley and John Surman on baritone saxophone and bass clarinet, when they made this Oslo recording in 1991. Rather than a conventionally organized quartet session, the CD consists of seven largely improvised solos, three duets, and two tracks–the collectively improvised "Interface" and Surman's "Article Four"–with the full quartet. Even more unusual is the frequent emphasis on bass frequencies and slow, even solemn, tempos. Only extraordinary musicians could keep such a format interesting, and these four do, exploring room resonance with almost ceremonial levels of concentration.

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 27, 2019
John Surman - Coruscating (2000)

John Surman - Coruscating (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans included
Label: ECM Records | # ECM 1702, 543 033-2 | Time: 00:53:59
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Composition

British multireed player John Surman has enjoyed a long career, making significant marks in free jazz, modal, and fusion, and also developing his own distinctive blend of folk and jazz elements. His ability to bridge styles has even extended to 1999's treatment of Renaissance-era composer John Dowland's songs, In Darkness Let Me Dwell with the Hilliard Ensemble's John Potter. Coruscating is another unusual venture, with Surman and regular associate bassist Chris Laurence improvising on eight of Surman's compositions with the string quartet Trans4mation. There's a seamless beauty here, composition and improvisation becoming one. Beginning with the baroque clarity of melody on "At Dusk," Coruscating develops often dark, looming textures. While Surman has made his baritone fly, here he emphasizes intense lyricism, whether with a true, full-bodied, baritone sound or a light upper register. "Stone Flower" is dedicated to the great Ellington baritonist Harry Carney, and Surman's breathy, overtone-rich sound invokes Carney's own recordings with strings.
John Surman, Stu Martin, Barre Phillips - The Trio (1970) {2CD Victor-Dawn Records, Mini LP 20bitK2, VICP-62207~8}

John Surman, Stu Martin, Barre Phillips - The Trio (1970) {2CD Victor-Dawn Records, Mini LP 20bitK2, VICP-62207~8}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 680 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 234 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 40 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1970, 2002 Victor / Dawn Records | VICP-62207~8
Jazz / Post Bop / Avant-Garde Jazz

This set was also issued as two separate LPs under John Surman’s name, Vogue VJD 505/1 and VJD 505/2. Rare bit of free jazz by this trio of British players from the early 70′s. The music is very intense, without any of the noodling that sometimes ruins Brit sessions from the time. Surman plays baritone, soprano, and bass clarinet, and he really blows like mad in some passages. The sound quality of this album is stunning! In the autumn of 1969, John Surman decided to make a break and joined forces with Barre Phillips and Stu Martin, to form a group they called The Trio. Phillips had a varied background, having worked as a sideman with Archie Shepp, Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell, as well as performing solo in Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic.

John Surman / John Warren - The Brass Project (1993) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at Dec. 20, 2018
John Surman / John Warren - The Brass Project (1993) [Re-Up]

John Surman / John Warren - The Brass Project (1993)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 330 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: ECM | # ECM 1478, 517 362-2 | 01:02:18

For this ECM project, John Surman (who plays soprano, baritone, clarinet, bass clarinet and piano) and conductor John Warren wrote a full set of original music for Surman's reeds, a seven-piece brass section and a rhythm section to interpret. This episodic set has its share of sound explorations but also contains swinging sections and an impressive amount of excitement. The colorful solos (mostly by Surman) and the unpredictable writing make this a highly recommended disc. (AMG)

John Surman - Private City (1988)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 26, 2018
John Surman - Private City (1988)

John Surman - Private City (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 186 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 101 Mb | Covers included | 00:43:42
Contemporary Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Composition | Label: ECM | # ECM 1366, 835 780-2Y

English multi-instrumentalist John Surman has been known on a worldwide level, but never recognized as he deserved to be in the United States. A collaboration with John McLaughlin, or fellow Brits on the fusion or free jazz scene increased his cache a bit, but being a part of the ECM label had to have increased his visibility to a larger degree. This quite different recording of overdubbed woodwind and electronics has a suitable palate and soundscape profile for the European label, enhanced by the immaculate production values of the Rainbow Studio in Oslo, Norway, and fortified by Surman's heady and spacy revelations on this project of deep, introspective, and divine music. At his most heartfelt from the outset, a haunting refrain with flutes and recorder above synthesizers underpins a lilting bass clarinet melody on "Portrait of a Romantic," while the reverse sentiment of emptiness in a Terry Riley or Cluster like minimalism identifies "Not Love Perhaps" under Surman's soprano sax. "Roundelay" is stunning and unique to this set, with bass clarinet as an ostinato bass, buoying a full array of overdubbed saxophones sounding like an interactive quartet in a laid-back frame of sheer beauty.

John Surman Quartet - Stranger Than Fiction (1994) {ECM 1534}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 28, 2018
John Surman Quartet - Stranger Than Fiction (1994) {ECM 1534}

John Surman Quartet - Stranger Than Fiction (1994) {ECM 1534}
X Lossless Decoder | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 295MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 152MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

John Surman's thoughtful solos (which take their time and make a liberal use of space) have long made him the perfect ECM artist. On his quartet set with pianist John Taylor, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer John Marshall, Surman mostly sticks to soprano although there are some short spots for his baritone and bass clarinet. Surman always sounds relaxed, even on the more heated originals. It's an interesting set of generally introverted music.

John Surman - Withholding Pattern (1985) {ECM 1295}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 27, 2016
John Surman - Withholding Pattern (1985) {ECM 1295}

John Surman - Withholding Pattern (1985) {ECM 1295}
X Lossless Decoder | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 178MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 106MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

A saxophone workout from '85 by outstanding British player John Surman. While solo sax can be extremely tiring, Surman mixes enough elements of rock, free, blues, and hard bop to keep the songs varied. His aggressive style, especially on baritone, keeps the energy level high.
John Surman, Stu Martin, Barre Phillips - The Trio - Conflagration (1971) {Victor-Dawn Records, Mini LP 20bitK2, VICP-62170}

John Surman, Stu Martin, Barre Phillips - The Trio - Conflagration (1971) {Victor-Dawn Records, Mini LP 20bitK2, VICP-62170}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 285 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 114 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (png) -> 51 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 1971, 2002 Victor / Dawn Records | VICP-62170
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Post Bop

John Surman, Stu Martin, Barre Phillips - Conflagration (Rare British jazz 1971 UK 6-track LP on the Dawn label, from Surman's highly regarded and influential Trio group, including the two expatriate American musicians Phillips and Martin, also starring Harold Beckett, Chick Corea, Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore, John Taylor & more. The trio joined by a variety of other musicians. The songs are challenging in an Ornette Coleman sort of way but never inaccessible. Not a recording for the casual jazz listener - it's more for the adventurous jazz lover.

John Surman - Way Back When (1969) {Cuneform Records}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Feb. 24, 2017
John Surman - Way Back When (1969) {Cuneform Records}

John Surman - Way Back When (1969) {Cuneform Records}
EAC 1.1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 294MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Way Back When finds Surman on baritone and soprano saxophones, joined by John Taylor on electric piano, Brian Odgers on electric bass, John Marshall on drums and, on two tracks, alto saxophonist Mike Osborne. This one-day session was, in Surman's words, "a sort of 'farewell' jam session," held before Surman moved to continental Europe to join bassist Barre Phillips and drummer Stu Martin for the groundbreaking free jazz unit known as the Trio.