by Keith TippettKeith Tippett


$16.41 $16.99 Save 3% Current price is $16.41, Original price is $16.99. You Save 3%. View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


Recorded after Keith Tippett's 50-piece orchestra project Centipede, Blueprint couldn't make a stronger contrast. This scaled-down session would become the starting point for the pianist's free improvisation career. His piano playing was still under a strong jazz influence and he had not started to use the instrument's bowels yet. Bassist Roy Babbington and vocalist Julie Tippetts accompany him almost throughout. Percussionists Frank Perry and Keith Bailey occasionally join in, providing mostly chimes and cymbals. The session, supervised by Robert Fripp, opens with "Song," a delicate jazzy number. With "Dance," things get more serious. Tippetts provides a steady rhythm guitar motif while everything around her breaks loose. Some numbers like "Glimpse" and "Woodcut" play more on silence than sound, exploring very quiet realms. At these points, the music is completely freed from any jazz references. Sound quality on the CD reissue is not fantastic (there is noticeable distortion in peaks), but the set remains engaging, even when one puts its historical significance aside. Oh, and by the way: those two "Blues," they aren't.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/13/2006
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261206343
catalogNumber: 634
Rank: 31730

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Tippett   Primary Artist,Piano
Frank Perry   Percussion
Julie Driscoll   Guitar,Mandolin,Recorder,Vocals
Roy Babbington   Bass,Double Bass
Keith Bailey   Percussion
Julie Tippetts   Guitar,Mandolin,Recorder,Vocals,Voices
Keith Bailey   Percussion

Technical Credits

Frank Perry   Composer
Keith Bailey   Composer
Robert Fripp   Producer,Audio Production
Julie Tippetts   Composer
Ray Hendriksen   Engineer
Alyn Shipton   Liner Notes
Sid Smith   Reissue Liner Notes
Andy Hendrickson   Engineer
Ray Hendrickson   Engineer

Customer Reviews