Kenny Wheeler's 'Don the Dreamer' from the classic Windmill Tilter (The Story Of Don Quixote) (1969) is the first track on the double LP compilation Journeys In Modern Jazz: Britain (1965-1972) that is part of a raft of new British jazz reissues headed British Jazz Explosion: Originals Re-Cut.
Among the personnel is tellingly at the beating heart of the brassily rumbustious vibes-flavoured jauntiness of the sound there on double bass is none other than Dave Holland, one of the most renowned English and British jazz musicians to ever achieve global icon stature in the history of the music that spawned from his time initially playing with Miles Davis on such classics as In A Silent Way.
The compilation also includes tracks by the Don Rendell Quintet, Collin Bates Trio, John Surman & John Warren, the Michael Garrick Sextet, Mike Westbrook Concert Band, Stan Tracey Big Band, Harry Beckett, Neil Ardley and Ian Carr, The New Jazz Orchestra, Alan Skidmore Quintet, Dick Morrissey Quartet, Mike Taylor Quartet and Mike Gibbs.
Part of a new Tony Higgins-compiled series of remasters for vinyl, releases are drawn from the Decca, Argo, Lansdowne, Deram and Fontana jazz back catalogues.
The compilation release date is 16 July the same day as the release of Don Rendell's Space Walk followed in August by Ken Wheeler & the John Dankworth Orchestra's Windmill Tilter (The Story Of Don Quixote) and in September The New Jazz Orchestra's Le Déjeuner sur l'Herbe.