Source: Bandcamp Daily.
Jazz was obviously born as an American art form, but once the genie jumped the bottle, it worked its way around the world right quick. The Brits were among the swiftest studies at producing homegrown jazz, and most of the music’s major evolutions in America were mirrored in England. But the progressive jazz boom of the ‘60s and ‘70s yielded an unprecedented bumper crop of original thinkers.
Long before the modern British jazz explosion brought us Sons of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, and the like, their forebears filtered rock, funk, electronics, international influences, and the avant-garde through an open-ended but idiosyncratically English mindset. The roots of U.K. progressive jazz reach all the way back to ‘50s modernists like Joe Harriott and Tubby Hayes. A decade later, the countercultural boom brought mavericks like Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, and Alan Wakeman, who enlarged their audiences by working with simpatico proggy legends such as King Crimson and Soft Machine, along the way.