The late Neil Ardley was one of the leading lights in the creatively fecund period enjoyed by British jazz music during the 1960s and ‘7os and her biography of the man by his partner Vivien Ardley is a very welcome addition to the libraries around the lives of the talent he nurtured and co-opted into his many projects, notably the sublime New Jazz Orchestra. 

Published by Jazz in Britain this March (2023), ‘Neil Ardley: Kaleidoscopes and Rainbows’ includes contributions from Dave Gelly, Neil’s musical colleague in the New Jazz Orchestra, and John Coles who knew Neil well and has written about his electronic studio. The book covers Neil’s entire life and all aspects of his various careers.

The book includes two companion audio CDs, one of previously unreleased electronic music from Neil’s tape archive; the other of a previously unheard, Danish Radio Big Band recording of Neil’s New Jazz Orchestra arrangements.

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