When our beloved musicians die, we feel bereft because we know we’ll never hear anything new from them. An archivist may discover some buried treasure, but that’s not the same…

London, 1972

Lol Coxhill. Photo credit: Andy Newcombe Farnborough, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I’ve posted frequently about the charms of the branch of British progressive music known as Canterbury (which tends to be more jazz-oriented than other forms of prog). From the late 1960s through the Oughts, three horn players dominated the Canterbury scene: Elton Dean (alto sax — Soft Machine), Jimmy Hastings (tenor sax, flute, clarinet — Caravan, Hatfield and the North, National Health), and Lol Coxhill (soprano sax — Kevin Ayers and the Whole World). When I visited London in 1972 after graduating from college, I was fortunate to see each of these brilliant musicians (in separate venues). …

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