Britain’s New Jazz Orchestra celebrated ‘live’ in BBC 1971 sessions newly-released on Dusk Fire Records …

Neil Ardley and the New Jazz Orchestra – one of the most celebrated of modern British jazz’s big bands – are celebrated for their exuberant live performances in a first ever expedition into the BBC radio archive in Dusk Fire Records’ ‘On The Radio: BBC Sessions 1971’ this summer (2017).

The album measures a year of change for the band’s musical director.

The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of its powers in a ‘Jazz Club’ session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London’s Camden Theatre.

Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, Barbara Thompson, Dick Heckstall-Smith,  Dave Greenslade, Dave Clempson  Jeff Clyne, Jon Hiseman and Frank Ricotti .

Fast forward to September of that year, and we have Ardley’s epic ‘The Time Flowers’ on ‘Jazz in Britain’.

Inspired by JG Ballard’s sci-fi short story, ‘The Garden of Time’, he plays alongside Carr, Rendell, Ricotti, Barry Guy, the London Studio Strings with Keith Winter on electronics in a 30-minute set that declares Ardley’s growing intentions toward the electronic media that were to become increasingly integral to his later recorded work.

Bearing faultless performances from  the cream of modern British jazz, this latest Dusk Fire release is another essential purchase for connoisseurs of the genre.



  1. Stratusphunk (Russ, arr. Rutherford)
  2. Tanglewood ’63 (Gibbs)
  3. Half Blue (Taylor, arr. Ardley)
  4. Pendulum (Taylor)
  5. Terre de Miel (Thompson)
  6. The Immortal Ninth (Bruce)
  7. The Time Flowers (Ardley/Winter)


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