Group Sounds Five - Black & White Raga (Previously Unreleased)

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Recorded at the Paris Theatre, London on 15th November 1965.

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from Into The Archives Vol. 1, released December 11, 2020
Henry Lowther – trumpet
Lyn Dobson – tenor sax
Ken McCarthy – piano
Ron Rubin – bass
Jon Hiseman - drums

From the Neil Ardley tape archive, kind courtesy of Viv Wilson

Digital transfer - John Thurlow

Produced by Matt Parker for Jazz In Britain Ltd.

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A not-for-profit organisation, whose aim is to collect, curate, preserve, celebrate and promote the legacy of British jazz musicians. The archive collects, curates and preserves off-air and other recordings of British jazz performances.
The organisation will publish books, release vinyl, CDs and downloads, working in partnership with musicians and their families.
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