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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: August 30, 1944

Born in Tavistock, Devon in 1944, composer/multi-instrumentalist John Surman is one of the key figures in a generation of European musicians who have crucially expanded the international horizons of jazz during the past thirty years or so. Long acknowledged as an improviser of world class, Surman has also composed a body of work which extends far beyond the normal range of the jazz repertoire.

Already, by the late 60s, it was clear that Surman was a phenomenon. He started out as a teenager playing the music of fellow Devonian Mike Westbrook, and then amazed the London establishment with displays of extravagant instrumental proficiency combined with a passionate, rumbustious imagination....
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Featured recording “John Surman: Saltash Bells”

John Surman: Saltash Bells

ECM Records
2012
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    Looking for the Next One

    Cuneiform Records
    2013
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    Saltash Bells

    ECM Records
    2012
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    Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop - April '69

    Cuneiform Records
    2011
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    The Rainbow Band Sessions

    Losen Records
    2011
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    Tierney Sutton Band: Desire

    Telarc Records
    2009
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    Rain On The Window

    ECM Records
    2009
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    Brewster's Rooster

    ECM Records
    2009
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