In 1949 - I first visited New York. The jazz scene was at a peak of creativity.
Sound recording by means of magnetic tape was new. It gave incredible
advantages over the old disc recordings methods and allowed such possibilities
of virtually unlimited recording time as well as such techniques as overdubbing.
In 1951 I was privileged to take part in a historic recording, when overdubbing
was used for the first time in jazz improvisation (Lennie Tristano: "Passtime
and JuJu"). During the early nineteen-fifties it became apparent
that there was a widening split between commercial jazz and jazz that
was dedicated to improvisation and experimentation. Wave was an outgrowth
of my own experimentation and my efforts to record some of the jazzmen
that were extremely talented and creative, but who were not eminently
successful commercially. The earlier recordings were made in New York.
Since returning to the UK in 1966 I have continued recording and releasing
new music in a modest way. My conviction is that Wave has added a dimension
to jazz that has frequently been overlooked or marginalised.