One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day.
by Jon Davis, Published 2020-06-14
Tippett formed his first band when he was fourteen, performing traditional jazz with school friends. In 1967, he moved from Bristol to London to pursue his future in music. He subsequently formed a sextet featuring Elton Dean, Mark Charig, and Nick Evans, all musicians who would figure in many of his future projects. His big band Centipede brought together such talents as Ian McDonald, Dudu Pukwana, Karl Jenkins, Roy Babbington, Mongezi Feza, John Marshall, Robert Wyatt, Paul Rutherford, Ian Carr, and many more.
Tippett's work spanned everything from solo piano to large ensembles, and he also appeared on recordings outside the bounds of jazz, including King Crimson, Ian Matthews, and Arthur Brown, among others.
In the early 70s, he married singer Julie Driscoll, who took on his legal name Tippetts, and the two worked together frequently over the decades.
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