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Following the sound and fury of his fifty-piece big band Centipede's '71 recording, Septober Energy, British pianist Keith Tippett scaled things down for Blueprint , released in '72 . Tippett had already created some waves with his first two releases, You Are Here... I Am There ('69) and Dedicated to You But You Weren't Listening ('71), both larger ensemble works with the involvement of some of the period's cream of the British jazz scene. But while certain remnants of the brashness found on those recordings persist, the more intimate surroundings of Blueprint find Tippett aiming for a more completely spontaneous compositional approach.
Recorded in London, 1972. (Originally RCA)