Graham Collier at 70, and 6000 Plays of One of His Classic Tunes


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Graham Collier opens his 70th birthday year with the issue on Cuneiform of the previously unreleased Hoarded Dreams, recorded by an all-star international band (Ted Curson, John Surman, Kenny Wheeler, Tomasz Stanko and others) in 1983. One reviewer said of the concert 'This was something special in jazz writing; something that was reflected in the inspiration which the piece gave to the soloists', while another commented that 'The whole conception was bold and the playing magnificent'. (NB: If searching for the CD on the web use Hoarded Dreams Collier. Some sales points are crediting it to a singer songwriter called Gerald Collier. Not me, m'lud.)

Interviews to commemorate the release and the birthday celebrations are slated for JazzWise in February, All About Jazz and Cadence later in the spring, and are being discussed with other web and print magazines for the remainder of the year.

Live work during 2007 includes concerts in Holland, Sweden and England during March, with further appearances being arranged later in the year in Canada, Italy, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and England.

Graham's early work received a very high average star count in the latest Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, which calls them “remarkable recordings" using “advanced compositional ideas".

Graham Collier Music can now be found on MySpace, which has led to several musicians and ex-students getting in touch. The Nostalgia77 page boasts no less than six thousand plays of their version of Graham's classic tune “Down Another Road."

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