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TIPPETT, Keith

(b 25 August 1947, Bristol, England) Pianist, composer. Led sextet, recorded Keith Tippett '68 for Revolution, a subsidiary of Immediate. Wrote Septober Energy '71 on RCA/Neon, recorded by a 50-piece orchestra called Centipede; turned to free improvisation '72 with a smaller group including his wife Julie (née Driscoll: see Brian Auger). They made a trio/quartet album for RCA, then Ovary Lodge '75 on Ogun, Warm Spirits--Cool Spirits '76 on Vinyl. He wrote Frames--Music For An Imaginary Film '77 on Ogun, recorded by a 22-piece international group called Keith Tippett's Ark. He made solo The Unlonely Raindancer '79 on Universe; piano duos T'N'T '74 on Steam with Stan Tracey, In Focus '84 on Affinity with Howard Riley (b 16 February 1943, Huddersfield, Yorkshire), duos with cornettist Marc Charig on Pipedream '78, drummer/vocalist Louis Moholo on No Gossip '80, also album Tern '83, solo Mujician '81, all on FMP. He toured '80s with a septet; made duo Couple In Spirit '88 on EG with Julie (Couple In Spirit II '96 on ASC); she also recorded with Bobby Bradford and John Stevens in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble on Nessa. Frames has been reissued on CD, with Moholo, Charig, Trevor Watts, Elton Dean etc and the voices of Julie and Maggie Nichols; Twilight Etchings '93 on FMP was a trio of both Tippetts and drummer Willi Kellers; Keith's quartet called Mujician released Birdman on Cuneiform Rune, then were joined by Elton Dean and Roswell Rudd on Bladik '96, six co-leaders making exciting free music.