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Keith Tippett (originally Keith Graham Tippetts, born August 25, 1947 in Bristol) is a British jazz pianist and composer.

Tippett went to Greenway Boys Secondary Modern school in Southmead, Bristol. The son of a local police officer, he was the solo soprano singer in a school production of Tom Sawyer. He formed his first jazz band called The KT7 whilst still at school and they performed numbers popular at the time by The Temperance Seven. In the late 1960s, he led a sextet featuring Elton Dean on saxophone, Mark Charig on trumpet and Nick Evans on trombone.

Tippett married singer Julie Driscoll and wrote scores for TV.

In the early 1970s, his big band Centipede brought together much of a generation of young British jazz and rock musicians. As well as performing some concerts (limited economically by the size of the band), they recorded one double-album, Septober Energy. He formed, with Harry Miller and Louis Moholo a formidable rhythm section at the centre of some the most exciting combinations in the country, including the Elton Dean quartet, and Elton Dean's Ninesense. Around the same time, he was also in the vicinity of King Crimson, contributing piano to several of their records (and even appearing with them on Top of the Pops). His own groups, such as Ovary Lodge tended towards a more contemplative form of European free improvisation. He continues to perform with the improvising ensemble Mujician and more recently (2006) Work in Progress.

Tippett has appeared and recorded in a wide variety of settings, including a duet with Stan Tracey.

Discography Edit

Solo Edit

Hopper, Dean, Tippett & Gallivan Edit

Keith & Julie Tippett Edit

Centipede Edit

Mujician Edit

Ovary Lodge Edit

Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra Edit

The Dedication Orchestra Edit

Low Flying Aircraft Edit

Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall & Julie Tippetts Edit

Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Philip Gibbs & Paul Dunmall Edit

Paul Dunmall, Keith Tippett, Philip Gibbs, Roberto Bellatalla & Peter Faircloud Edit

Paul Dunmall, Keith Tippett, Philip Gibbs & Peter Faircloud Edit

Tippett - Nichols - Tippett Edit

Howard Riley / Keith Tippett Edit

Howard Riley / John Tilbury / Keith Tippett Edit

Louis Moholo, Larry Stabbins & Keith Tippett Edit

George Burt / Raymond Macdonald Sextet Featuring Keith Tippett Edit

Peter Fairclough & Keith Tippett Edit

Keith Tippett / Julie Tippetts / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Canto Generàl Edit

Keith Tippett & Louis Moholo Edit

Pianoforte Edit

Nicra Edit

Dreamtime Edit

Paul Dunmall Octet Edit

Amalgam Edit

Persuasion A Edit

Paul Dunmall Moshka Big Band Edit

Stan Tracy & Keith Tippett Edit

Command All Stars Edit

Keith Tippett's Ark Edit

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