Keith Tippett passed away yesterday. A real pioneer of the UK modern jazz scene but probably best known for playing piano for King Crimon and marrying Julie Driscoll. Fripp even offered for him to become the co-leader of KC but he declined to pursue his own jazz career. His playing on Cat Food I’m sure must have been a big influence on Mike Garson’s piano on Aladdin Sane.
His own jazz went very quickly from the relatively straightforward jazz/rock Nucleus style of ‘Dedicated To You, But You Weren’t Listening’ to some pretty ‘out there’ free jazz. His creative peak may be ‘Septober Energy’ a 4 colossal four part suite with strings, horns and massed vocals. Some comparisons with Kamasi Washington maybe but much more free. Here is Part 4.