Artist Spotlight

Daryl Runswick

The Jazz Years CD

"Daryl Runswick jokes that he was educated at Cambridge University and Ronnie Scott’s Club. He spent his early career writing and performing jazz and pop; more recently concert pieces. He has also been involved with free improvisation and indeterminate music, one of the few (to quote John Wickes) who can claim to have worked with both Ornette Coleman and John Cage. This duality has permeated his career as an improvising pianist, singer with Electric Phoenix, bassplayer, arranger, record producer, broadcaster, educator, community animateur and film / TV composer. Head of Composition at Trinity College of Music in London for 10 years before retiring, he has searched for a synthesis of the improvising skills of jazz with the more complex structures of concert music." (extract from Daryl's website)

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New Daryl Runswick CD on ASC Records

ASC CD175 Runswick Hymas Big Bands 1974-78 (£10.00)

[1] When the Bough Breaks (Hymas) Soloists Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzman
[2] Lainey’s Tune (Runswick) Soloists Ray Warleigh, Don Rendell
[3] The Generals of Islamabad (Runswick) Soloists Tony Hymas, Frank Ricotti, Kenny Wheeler
[4] In Three (Runswick) Soloists Stan Sulzman, Chris Pyne, Dave Horler

Tracks 1-4: 'The Tony Hymas - Daryl Runswick Big Band'
Live recording, 22nd May 1974, at Golders Green Hippodrome, London
Martin Drover, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, trumpets Ray Warleigh, Stan Sulzman, Don Rendell, reeds Chris Pyne, trombone, Dave Horler, valve trombone, Terry Johns, french horn, Cliff Bevan, tuba Frank Ricotti, vibes, percussion, Tony Hymas, Rhodes electric piano Daryl Runswick, double bass, bass guitar, Spike Wells, drums

[5] Love Song (Tony Coe, arr Runswick) Soloists Norma Winstone, Henry Lowther, Phil Lee, Tony Coe
[6] Irene (John Taylor, arr Runswick) Soloists Tony Coe, Henry Lowther, Tony Coe again
[7] Canto (Runswick) Soloists Phil Lee, Mike McKenzie, Phil Lee again
[8] Strains for Laine’s Brains (Runswick) Soloists Henry Lowther, Norma Winstone
[9] Dee Dee (Ornette Coleman, arr Runswick) Soloists Daryl, Tony Coe, Mike McKenzie
[10 ] One for Denis (Runswick) Soloists Mike McKenzie, Tony Coe

Tracks 5-10: 'Señor Funk'
Studio recording 1978 at Lansdowne Studios, London
Norma Winstone, vocals, Mike McKenzie, vocals, piano Tony Coe, reeds, Henry Lowther, trumpet, flugelhorn Phil Lee, lead guitar, Dick Abel, rhythm guitar, Don Harper, violin, viola Alan Branscombe, keyboards, percussion Daryl Runswick, musical director, keyboards, synth, double bass/vocals, bass guitar Harold Fisher, Chris Karan, Tony Carr, drums, percussion


Daryl on film

We released 'The Jazz Years' in 2017 to celebrate Daryl's 70th birthday and we also filmed his One Man Show at Cadogan Hall (part of his 70th Birthday Concert), which you can view here: