Mike Westbrook’s Citadel / Room 315

Just released the original live version of this huge piece. Westbrook was commissioned to write the Citadel for by Sveriges (Swedish) Radio with John Surman as lead soloist. This piece just takes you to so many places. It’s a world with each piece introducing a new part of that world.

He traveled to Sweden to perform and conduct it for the first time, live in concert. This recording has never been released until now and presents a wildly different recording to the later LP, the rawness and freedom of the playing contrasting strongly with the more polished studio album.

Here is a post by Richard Williams on the story of its creation.

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Author: Jeremy Solomons