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John Surman

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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Albums

Westering Home
Westering Home
Fledg'ling Records
2016
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Morning Glory
Morning Glory
Fledg'ling Records
2016
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Looking for the Next One
Looking for the Next...
Cuneiform Records
2013
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John Surman: Saltash Bells
John Surman: Saltash...
ECM Records
2012
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Saltash Bells
Saltash Bells
ECM Records
2012
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The Rainbow Band Sessions
The Rainbow Band...
Losen Records
2011
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