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Born: February 22, 1939    Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone

George Haslam, Baritone Sax and Tarogato, born in Preston, England, 22 February 1939.Voted 19th All Time World Greatest Baritone Saxist in Japanese Encyclopaedia of Jazz. Led first British jazz group to play Cuba 1986, first British Jazzman to play Argentina 1989.Reknowned for his jazz adventures from Patagonia to Lapland, Vancouver to Hong Kong.See photos on: http://georgehaslamgallery.blogspot.comFounded SLAM CD label 1989, please see: http://slamproductions.netWorked with Mal Waldron, Steve Lacy, Borah Bergman, Charlie Mariano, Bobby Carcasses, Evan Parker, Lol Coxhill, Paul Rutherford, Elton Dean, Joachim Kuhn, Howard Riley, Laszlo Gardony, Arturo Sandoval etc.Haslam's international tours have taken in Argentina, USA, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, China, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Mexico, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Yugoslavia ~ including some of the world's most important Jazz Festivals in Havana, Buenos Aires, Prague, Hong Kong, Guanajuato, Kiev, Budapest and across Finland.Back home in the UK he has made several broadcasts for national radio BBC and many local radio and TV spots...
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One of the few really free spirits of British jazz, baritone saxman George Haslam. JAZZ Review, UK August 2005

Five tracks of top-flight improvisation confirm that British baritone saxophonist George Haslam is one of the mainstays of his instrument; Ken Waxman, Jazz Week, Canada

“On baritone Haslam is a great awesome force. Why has George Haslam never gotten his due? He's one of the outstanding improvisors of our age.” Cadence,USA

“Pretty much anything that George Haslam plays on is guaranteed to be worth listening to and this is no exception.” Jazz Views UK

“George Haslam is one of the most interesting bari sax players to go beyond traditional stylings and explore the low range of the free.” Beyond Coltrane

“George Haslam fascinates because he nudges the limits, explores unchartered territories, plays creatively and conveys delight in doing so.” Cadence, USA

“Haslam proves himself to be an excellent baritone player” Rockerilla, Italy

“Haslam possesses an attack and timbre that speaks directly to the blues roots of his music” Cadence, USA

“Haslam’s solos really emphasise the hugeness of the baritone” Wire, UK

“Haslam’s beautifully tender playing sometimes recalls late-period Lester Young” Wire, UK

“The sensitivity and attack of Haslam” Jazz Passion, Switzerland

“One of the finest musicians currently developing the art of improvisation ........authoritative and highly sensitive” Wire, UK

“One of the lesser known but more important voices on the saxophone” Jazz till Twelve, Ukraine

“The charming and playful humour between Haslam’s fruity baritone and versatile vocalist Liz Hodgson” Jazz Magazine, UK

“George Haslam is that rarity, a bona fide baritone specialist” Ostinato, UK

“The last time I encountered so conversational a form of improvisation was in a rematch of the Giuffre-Bley-Swallow trio” Jazz on CD, UK

“He has a gruff smoothness and boppish dexterity on baritone sax that is as virtuosic as Gerry Mulligan” Cadence, USA

“Scholarly and assiduous kind of post free playing” Wire, UK

“George Haslam, a much underated baritone saxophonist, was excellent” Derek Ansell, UK

“Thick toned baritone” Jazz Notes, Australia

“Haslam has carved his reputation from his musical handling of the rich throaty baritone saxophone” The Standard, Hong Kong

“In the duet with Haslam,” furious free-jazz playing from (Howard) Riley meets with sympathetic and white hot response, managed without the reedsman sacrificing the warmth and richness of his tone” Wire, UK

“George Haslam, gritty baritonist, provides some gorgeous gut-bucket r & b” Yorkshire Evening Post, UK

“Skill liberates him but he stays in control and his solos were worth being repeated immediately so that the listener could capture his whole thought” Clarin, Argentina

“The euphoric drive of George Haslam” Jazzman, France

“Gruff friendly baritone” London Musicians’ Collective, UK

“Haslam’s mellow harmonic patterns” Cadence, USA

“The complete saxophonist” Bobby Carcassés, Cuba

“George Haslam playing barrel chested but remarkably fluent baritone saxophone” The Guardian, UK

“Brilliant work in improvisation in the world of free jazz” South China Morning Star

“The real challenge for a jazz musician playing unaccompanied solo concert was for Haslam a smooth path of harmonious and rhythmic richness which can only be found in those who have made the journey between what is academic and what is new” La Capital, Argentina

“Haslam, the root of this whole celebration, shows off his fat, unusual tone and his gift for the simplicity of folk like improvisation” Cadence, USA

Live in Hungary, 1984; (The Siger Band) Spotlite SPJ 526 The Healing, 1986; (The Siger Band) Spotlite SPJ 533 1989 And All That, 1989; (with Paul Rutherford) SLAMCD 301 The Holywell Concert, 1990; SLAMCD 302 Level Two, 1992; SLAMCD 303 Argentine Adventures, 1994; SLAMCD 304 Waldron-Haslam, 1994; SLAMCD 305 Two New, 1995; (with Mal Waldron) SLAMCD 306 Early October, 1995; (British Saxophone Quartet) SLAMCD 216 Argentine Adventures Part 2, 1996; SLAMCD 307 SOLOS East West, 1997; SLAMCD 308 Communications, 1997; SLAMCD 404 DUOS East West, 1998. SLAMCD 309 Harmonance (with Laszlo Gardony) 1999 SLAMCD 310 Argentine Adventures Part 3, 1999 SLAMCD 311 Tredavoe Blue (with Richard Leigh Harris) SLAMCD 312 Live at the Red Rose (Anglo-Argentine Jazz Quartet) SLAMCD 313 Pendle Hawk Carapace (with Paul Hession) SLAMCD 315 The Mahout (with Borah Bergman and Paul Hession) SLAMCD 318 George Haslam’s Freetime (in Prague) SLAMCD 320 Cuban Meltdown SLAMCD 515 September Spring SLAMCD 322 PAPERMOON SLAMCD 326 Others: Zagreb International Festival All Stars, 1982 Jugoton LSY-65045/46 Hum Drum (Left Hand Right Hand), 1990 TAK 03 Termite One (Coxhill, Rutherford etc), 1990 Bruce’s Fingers BF 32 The Saxophone Phenomenon (Compilation), 1992 SLAMCD 401 Hum Drum (in USA), 1992 We Never Sleep WNS 016 Women with voices (Compilation), 1993 SLAMCD 402 De igual a igual (Ruben Ferrero), 1994 SLAMCD 502 Encuentros (Sergio Paolucci), 1995 EPSA 20002 Straijer - Hurtado, 1995 SLAMCD 503 If you don’t love me (Dot Shaw), 1996 SLAMCD 101 MELTDOWN SLAMCD 243 Parker/Haslam/Edwards SLAMCD 314 Soaring (Plaza Jazz Trio) SLAMCD 316 Latin From The North SLAMCD 317 Cool Moon (Anglo-Kuopio Quartet) SLAMCD 319 Marimba y Bombo Legüero (Horacio Straijer) SLAM CD 508 Penas Argentinas (Jorge Szajko & OrquestaSalvaje) SLAM CD 509 ShaK (Esmond Selwyn, Steve Kershaw) SLAMCD 321 From Whichford Hill (Lol Coxhill, Harris Kershaw) SLAMCD 323 Holywell Session (Harry Beckett, Pastor, Harris, Kershaw) SLAMCD 324 Helios Suite (Pastor , Kershaw, Hession) SLAMCD 325

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