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Graham Collier

Born: February 21, 1937 | Died: September 9, 2011    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Graham Collier

Graham Collier's career spans four decades of innovation at the forefront of British jazz. He was the first British graduate of the Berklee School of Jazz, Boston, and the first British jazz composer to receive a commission from the Arts Council. During this time composition, conducting, education and journalism have taken him around the world.

He was born in Tynemouth, England, in 1937. On leaving school he joined the British Army as a musician, spending three years in Hong Kong. He subsequently won a down beat magazine scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying with Herb Pomeroy and becoming its first British graduate in 1963....
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As a Leader

Deep Dark Blue Center
Deram (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1967
Tracks: Blue Walls; El Miklos; Hirayoshi Suite; Crumblin Cookie; Conversations; Deep Dark Blue Centre.
Personnel: Harry Beckett or Kenny Wheeler: trumpet and flugelhorn. Dave Aaron: alto sax and flute. Karl Jenkins: Baritone sax and oboe. Mike Gibbs: trombone. Phil Lee: guitar. John Marshall: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Down Another Road
Fontana(LP), Disconforme(CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1969
Tracks: Down Another Road; Danish Blue; The Barley Mow; Aberdeen Angus; Lullaby for a Lonely Child; Molewrench.
Personnel: Harry Beckett: flugelhorn. Stan Sulzmann: alto and tenor saxes. Karl Jenkins: piano and oboe. Nick Evans: trombone. John Marshall: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader
Songs For My Father
Fontana (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1970
Tracks: Song One (Seven-Four); Song Two (Ballad); Song Three (Nine-Eight Blues); Song Four (Waltz in Four-Four); Song Five (Rubato); Song Six (Dirge); Song Seven (Four-Four Figured).
Personnel: Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn. Alan Wakeman: tenor & soprano sax. Bob Sydor: tenor and alto sax. Alan Skidmore: tenor sax. Tony Roberts: tenor sax. Derek Wadsworth: trombone. Phil Lee: guitar. John Taylor: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Mosaics
Philips (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1971
Tracks: Mosaics Part 1; Mosaics Part 2; Mosaics Part 3; Mosaics Part 4.
Personnel: Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn. Alan Wakeman: tenor & soprano sax. Bob Sydor: tenor and alto sax. Geoff Castle: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Portraits
Saydisc (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1972
Tracks: And Now for Something Completely Different Part One; And Now for Something Completely Different Part Two; Portraits.
Personnel: Dick Pearce: flugelhorn. Pete Hurt: alto sax. Ed Speight: guitar. Geoff Castle: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Darius
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1974
Tracks: Darius Part 1; Darius Part 2; Darius Part 3; Darius Part 4; A New Dawn.
Personnel: Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn. Derek Wadsworth: trombone. Ed Speight: guitar. Geoff Castle: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Midnight Blue
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1975
Tracks: Midnight Blue; Adam; Cathedra.
Personnel: Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn. Derek Wadsworth: trombone. Ed Speight: guitar. Geoff Castle: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
New Conditions
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1976
Tracks: New Conditions Introduction; New Conditions Part 1 & 2; New Conditions Part 3; New Conditions Part 4; New Conditions Part 5 & 6; New Conditions Part 7; New Conditions Part 8; New Conditions Finale.
Personnel: Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Pete Duncan: trumpets. Malcolm Griffiths: trombone. Art Themen: tenor sax and soprano sax. Alan Wakeman: tenor sax and soprano sax. Mike Page: alto sax. Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: piano. John Webb: drums. John Mitchell: percussion. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Symphony of Scorpions
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1977
Tracks: Symphony of Scorpions Part 1; Symphony of Scorpions Part Two; Symphony of Scorpions Part 3 & 4; Forest Path to the Spring.
Personnel: Art Themen: soprano sax, tenor sax. Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Peter Duncan: trumpets. Malcolm Griffiths: trombone. Tony Roberts, Mike Page: saxophones. Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: piano. John Webb: drums. John Mitchell: percussion. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
The Day of the Dead
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1978
Tracks: CD1 - Day of the Dead Part 1 & 2; Day of the Dead Part 3; Day of the Dead Part 4; Day of the Dead Part 5; Day of the Dead Part 6; Day of the Dead Part 7 & 8; CD2 - October Ferry; Triptych Part 1; Triptych Part 2; Triptych Part 3; Eridanus; Quanahuac.
Personnel: Alan Wakeman: tenor sax, soprano sax, bass clarinet. Art Themen: tenor sax, soprano sax. Mike Page: alto sax, soprano sax, flute. Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther, Peter Duncan: trumpets. Malcolm Griffiths: trombone. Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: piano. Roy Babbington: acoustic bass, electric bass. Ashley Brown: drums, percussion. Alan Jackson: drums. Graham Collier: leader.
Something British Made in Hong Kong
Mosaic (LP), Disconforme (CD), jazzcontinuum (digital)
1985
Tracks: Midsummer Dawn; Whirligig; Mist on Water; Queensbury Rules; Spring Rain; Deserted Funfair.
Personnel: Roger Dean: piano, DX7 synthesizer. Ed Speight: guitar. Geoff Warren: soprano sax, alto sax, flute, alto flute. Paul Bridge: bass. Ashley Brown: drums, percussion. Graham Collier: keyboards. Recorded live in Hong Kong, December 1985.
Charles River Fragments
Boathouse, then Jazzprint
1995/2003
Tracks: The Hackey Five; Charles River Fragments.
Personnel: The Jazz Ensemble directed by Graham Collier. Art Themen, Chris Biscoe, Mark Lockheart, Geoff Warren: saxophones. Steve Waterman, Henry Lowther, Patrick White: trumpets. Hugh Fraser, Bill Mee: trombones. Andy Grappy: tuba. Ed Speight: guitar. Pete Saberton: piano. Dudley Phillips: bass. John Marshall: drums.
The Third Colour
ASC, then Jazzprint
1998/2003
Tracks: CD1 Three Simple Pieces; Shapes, Colours, Energy. CD2 The Miró Tile; The Third Colour.
Personnel: The Jazz Ensemble directed by Graham Collier. Karlheinz Miklin, Art Themen, Geoff Warren, Steve Main: saxophones. Ed Sarath, Steve Waterman, Simon Finch: trumpets. Hugh Fraser, Mat Colman: trombones. Oren Marshall: tuba. Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: keyboards. Andy Cleyndert: bass. John Marshall: drums.
Winter Oranges
Jazzprint
2002
Tracks: Three Simple Pieces, Part One; Three Simple Pieces Part Three; Blue Spring; Eggshell Summer; Tinted Autumn; Winter Oranges.
Personnel: Graham Collier with The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. Anders Gustafsson, Benny Rosenfeld, Knud Erik Nørregaard: trumpets. Vincent Nilsson, Kim Aagaard, Annette Huseby: trombones. Alex Windfeld: bass trombone and tuba. Michael Hove, Nikolai Schultz, Uffe Markussen, Tomas Franck, Flemming Madsen: saxophones. Nikolaj Bentzon: piano. Thomas Ovesen: bass. Anders Chico Lindvall: guitar. Soren Frost: drums. Ethan Weisgard: percussion.
Bread & Circuses
Jazzprint
2002
Tracks: Bread & Circuses; Oxford Palms.
Personnel: Graham Collier with The Collective. Adrian Kelly: trumpet. Lucy Fisher, Stephanie Dean: violins. Martin Payne: viola. Jenny Tingley: cello. Lindsay Vickery, Graeme Blevins, Lee Buddle: saxophones. Jeremy Greig, Keiran Hurley: trombones. Matthew Savage: trombone, euphonium. Phil Waldron: bass. Grant Windsor, Tom O’Halloran: pianos. Steve Richter: percussion, marimba. Hans Drieberg: drums and percussion.
Workpoints
Cuneiform
2005 (Recorded 1968 and 1975)
Tracks: CD1 Deep Dark Blue Centre; The Barley Mow; Workpoints Part One; Workpoints Part Two; Workpoints Part Three; Workpoints Part Four. CD2 Little Ben; Under The Pier; Darius Part One; Darius PartThree; Darius Part Four; Darius Part One Reprise; Clear Moon; Mackerel Sky.
Personnel: CD1 Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, Henry Lowther: trumpets. Dave Aaron: alto, tenor, soprano saxophones, flute. John Surman: baritone, soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, piano. Karl Jenkins: baritone,soprano saxophones, oboe, piano. Chris Smith, Mike Gibbs, John Mumford: trombones. Frank Ricoti: vibraphone, bongoes. John Marshall: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader. CD2 Harry Beckett: trumpet, flugelhorn; Art Themen, tenor, soprano saxophones. Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: piano. John Webb: drums. Graham Collier: bass and leader.
Hoarded Dreams
Cuneiform
2007 (Recorded 1983)
Tracks: Hoarded Dreams Parts 1 to 7;
Personnel: Geoff Warren: alto saxophone and alto flute. Juhanni Aaltonen: tenor and alto saxophones. Art Themen: tenor and soprano saxophones. Matthias Schubert: tenor saxophone and oboe. John Surman: baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, Manfred Schoof, Tomasz Stanko, Ted Curson: trumpet and flugelhorn. Malcolm Griffiths, Eje Thelin, Conny Bauer: trombone. Dave Powell: tuba. John Schröder, Ed Speight: guitar. Roger Dean: piano. Paul Bridge: bass. Ashley Brown: drums and percussion. Graham Collier: composer and director.

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