Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows: Live '75

by Neil Ardley

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World of Echo Wild third stream and jazz fusion melded together. I've usually consumed a limited amount of third stream in my life since classical music isn't my scene, but this is the stuff that is done right and someone like me can appreciate.
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Teeblers just one word for this... groovy Favorite track: Prologue/Rainbow 1.
John Ferguson
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John Ferguson Saw pretty much this line up perform Kaleidoscope...at the New London Theatre 10th Dec 1976, after buying the LP because of the great music journalist Derek Jewell's review in one of the 'broadsheets' (poss the S. Times), or maybe on his BBCR3 show back in the day? Memories, memories!
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johnefenner Love the album because I was at the RNCM, Manchester performance of the piece. I haave had the Gull LP/CD version for years but just listened to the MP3 version of this recording and it is so much more exciting.
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clive gash Arrived today and it’s wonderful. Can’t wait for other Jazz In Britain treasures. What chance of a recording of “Biformal From Bali” I wonder?
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Ken Phillips Xmas keeps going on Jazz in Britain!!!!!
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Intro 00:52
Interlude 1 03:48
Rainbow 2 08:34
Interlude 2 07:17
Rainbow 4 11:47
Interlude 3 01:49
Interlude 4 07:25
Rainbow 7 07:01
Rainbow 8 04:08
Interlude 5 02:31
Rainbow 9 14:36
Epilogue 05:57
Outro 01:19


'If you have fond memories of the earlier record, you’ll want to hear this. If not, start here. Like others from this enterprising new label, it’s a release of much historical interest that still has lots to offer even if the history isn’t your thing.' Jon Turney - London Jazz News 03/2021

'Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows Live '75 features a far longer score, at one hour and forty-two minutes twice the length of the studio edition. It is recognisably the same piece of music but a substantially different one, too, and not just in duration. And it is another stone masterpiece.' Chris May - All About Jazz 03/2021

'Jazz in Britain can be pleased with the production, obviously a labour of love. The two CDs are cased attractively, Obviously a great deal of work has been expended to bring the tapes from the archive up to a good standard.' Jack Kenny - Jazz Views 04/2021

'...a terrific find from the vaults from the ever-interesting Jazz In Britain label.' Thomas Patterson - Shindig Magazine 05/2021

Previously unreleased. Recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on the 20th October 1975. This is (almost) the complete Kaleidoscope Of Rainbows suite as originally imagined by Neil Ardley, over twice as long as the 'concise' version which appeared on his Gull studio album a year later.

Unfortunately, due to tape issues on the night, only the first two minutes of the closing number of set one were captured. Otherwise, this album is presented exactly as the audience would have heard it that evening.

Front cover: Neil Ardley's 'Stereo "picture" of personell.'


released March 5, 2021

Neil Ardley – composer, director
Ian Carr - trumpet
Brian Smith, Barbara Thompson, Bob Bertles, Tony Coe – sax, woodwind
Geoff Castle – keyboards
Dave Macrae - keyboards
Ken Shaw - electric guitar
Paul Buckmaster – electric cello
Roger Sutton - bass guitar
Roger Sellers - drums
Trevor Tomkins - percussion

From the tape archive of Neil Ardley
Special thanks to Vivien Ardley, Brian Smith, Trevor Tomkins, Sid Smith.

Liner notes by Sid Smith
Tape transfer by John Thurlow

Produced by Matt Parker for Jazz in Britain Ltd.

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