Steve Miller & Lol Coxhill

Coxhill/Miller Miller/Coxhill

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Released on Caroline in 1973, this collaborative record is a standout in the respective catalogs of both artists. Avant-garde saxophonist Lol Coxhill is best known for his work in free improvisation and British progressive rock and jazz. Steven Miller's work was more inclined toward structured electric jazz and fusion as a member of the cult progressive rock unit Caravan. For this album, the dynamic slinky performances are split evenly over two sides of an LP -- a split album and collaboration which sees the two musicians working on each others' compositions back-to-back. With a supporting cast of Archie Legget and Richard Sinclair, both on bass, and Pip Pyle on drums -- the resulting session was a highly experimental take on jazz fusion. The two sidelong pieces are as groovy as late Soft Machine, Caravan, and Hatfield and the North's work from this period. A fairly essential recording in from the Canterbury axis of early-'70s British progressive rock -- although an original LP is pretty tough to track down, it's well worth the search. [In 2007 the Cuneiform label reissued 1973's Coxhill/Miller Miller Coxhill along with 1974's "The Story So Far..." "Oh Really?" as a two-CD set including bonus material.]