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George Haslam

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. Across the country he has played most major jazz venues and many festivals including London, Glasgow, Belfast, Oxford, Bracknell, Marlborough, WOMAD etc.


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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



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