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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: June 15, 1938

Tony Oxley, with Derek Bailey and Gavin Bryars, created one of the foundations of free improvisation in the UK through their explorations in the group Joseph Holbrooke. A detailed retrospective view of Joseph Holbrooke can be found in Bailey (1992, pp. 86-93) but, briefly, the group existed in Sheffield from 1963 to 1966, initially playing conventional jazz though by 1965 playing totally improvised pieces. The fact that the three were 'isolated' in Sheffield from developments elsewhere (John Stevens and the SME) provided an ideal environment for experimentation and development. After that the participants moved to London, Oxley becoming the house drummer at Ronnie Scott's while all the while continuing with experimental music. He was in at the beginning of the Incus label with Bailey and Evan Parker and some of his work for that label is recognised as landmarks in the development of free music. He also appeared in various (early) versions of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra...
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Featured recording “A Birthday Tribute--75 Years”

A Birthday Tribute--75 Years

Incus
2013
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    75 Years

    TES
    2013
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    A Birthday Tribute--75 Years

    Incus
    2013
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    Tony Oxley/ Derek Bailey Quartet

    TES
    2008
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    The Advocate

    TES
    2007
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    The Baptised Traveller

    Columbia Records
    2003
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    Floating Phantoms

    TES
    2002
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    4 Compositions For Sextet

    TES
    1999
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