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Live At The Peanuts Club

by Mike Osborne & Friends

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John Cratchley
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John Cratchley Mike Osborne was a very special musician...I remember him as quietly intense and thoughtful and not a seeker of the limelight...I must have seen him play dozens of times in many small venues from ‘68 to ‘75 or so...I loved his playing...a high end technician but full of heart as well as head...I still listen to his music a lot on the original vinyl and i’m so pleased this gig has surfaced.
Hugh respect to Jazz In Britain for their whole initiative...you have made an old man very happy...
Ulrich Jonas
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Ulrich Jonas I do not believe that Louis moholo-Moholo is the drummer here. I guess it is Bryan Spring.
The producers confirmed that my guessing was correct.
Untitled One 18:34
Untitled Two 24:27
Cherokee 12:26


Exactly how and when I discovered the Peanuts Club and Ossie's Friday night sessions is now lost in the midst of time. But once discovered, the trip across London to Bishopsgate and to the upstairs room above the Kings Arms became a weekly ritual. Part of the excitement was the anticipation of not knowing who might turn up. On some nights it was just Ossie with Harry and Louis laying down what has been described as 'a roving springboard' for the Trio's exploration of new ideas; on others, as the evening wore on, the small playing space expanded to include at least half of the members of the Brotherhood of Breath.

Ken May who ran the club - and who has been immortalised in 'Ken's Tune' that features on the Trio's two great live recordings issued on Ogun records - 'Border Crossing.' and 'All Night Long' - used to hang a large sheet of paper at the entrance with the names of all the musicians who had played at Peanuts. On this session, recorded around 1975/76, Ossie is joined by some of his closest collaborators and friends. The four tracks here include 2 unidentified Ossie originals and a joyous 2nd set of standards by Monk and Parker, and a little of the wildly enthusiastic audience that made those Peanuts' nights so special. I wonder if we managed to get an encore that night?

The Jazz In Britain team have done a remarkable job in alchemising an old, dusty AGFA C 90 tape. Hopefully, you'll appreciate it not as a historical musical document from 45 years ago, but as music that sounds as fresh and exciting - and just as much fun - as it did back then. Welcome to a Friday night jam session of the avant garde!

J Agnew April 2020


released April 14, 2020

Mike Osborne - Alto Sax
Elton Dean - Alto Sax (tracks 3 & 4)
Alan Skidmore - Tenor Sax
Harry Beckett - Trumpet
Marc Charig - Trumpet
Harry Miller - Bass
Louis Moholo-Moholo - Drums

Recording by Jeremy Agnew
Cover photo by Alan Flood
Digital transfer by Richard Moore

Produced by Jazz In Britain Ltd. © 2020


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