Artist: Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra Album: Live At Le Mans Genre: Free Jazz Label: Red Eye Recording Date: 1998
Keith Tippett is acknowledged as one of the great founding fathers of Post Modern British 'jazz'. A mysterious figure, always on the edge of contemporary music, he is probably best known for his solo explorations in spontaneous composition. However, he also has an impressive history of collective music making with ensembles such as Centipede, Ark, Mujician and the Georgian Ensemble. 'First Weaving', with its 21 musicians is from the 1998 Le Mans Jazz Festival. This gigantic session became an underground classic despite never being commercially available. Originally commissioned by the BBC it stayed under wraps because the intention was to produce a studio recording for which the funding never materialised. `First Weaving' unites some of the most important innovators on the British and international scenes. They include musicians who were there right at the beginning with Tippett in Centipede - Larry Stabbins, Louis Moholo, Mark Charig, Paul Rutherford, Julie Tippetts, Maggie Nicols and the late Elton Dean, together with other great improvisors such as Gianluigi Trovesi, Paul Dunmall, Oren Marshall and Tony Levin.
Keith Tippett - (piano) Gethin Liddington, Jim Dvorak - (trumpet) Mark Charig - (cornet, trumpet) Pino Minafra - (trumpet, megaphone) Malcolm Griffiths, Dave Amis, Paul Rutherford - (trombone) Oren Marshall - (tuba) Paul Dunmall - (tenor saxophone, bagpipes) Simon Picard - (tenor Saxophone) Larry Stabbins - (tenor, soprano saxophone) Elton Dean - (alto saxophone, saxello) Gianluigi Trovesi - (alto saxophone, alto clarinet) Lee Goodall - (alto saxophone, flute) Julie Tippetts, Maggie Nicols, Vivien Ellis - (voice) Paul Rogers - (double bass) Louis Moholo, Tony Levin - (drums)
CD1: 1. First Thread 9:20 2. Second Thread 13:58 3. Third Thread 13:27 4. Fourth Thread 17:53
CD2: 1. Fifth Thread 9:58 2. Sixth Thread 12:36 3. Seventh Thread 10:07 First Weaving: Live at Le Mans Jazz Festival on May 3rd 1998.