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Oxley at the Moers Festival, Germany, in 2008
|Born||15 June 1938|
|Genres||Avant-garde jazz, free jazz|
|Associated acts||Joseph Holbrooke Trio, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, John Surman, Tomasz Stańko, Bill Dixon, Alan Skidmore, Kenny Wheeler|
Oxley was born in Sheffield, England. A self-taught pianist by the age of eight, he first began playing the drums at seventeen. In Sheffield he was taught b Haydon Cook, who had returned to the city after a long residency in the 1950s at Ronnie Scott's in London. While in the Black Watch military band from 1957 to 1960, he studied music theory and improved his drumming technique. From 1960 to 1964 he led a quartet which performed locally in England. In 1963 he began working with Gavin Bryars and guitarist Derek Bailey in a trio known as Joseph Holbrooke. Oxley moved to London in 1966 and became house drummer at Ronnie Scott's, where he accompanied visiting musicians such as Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz, Charlie Mariano, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and Bill Evans until the early 1970s. He was a member of bands led by Gordon Beck, Alan Skidmore, and Mike Pyne.
In 1969 Oxley appeared on the John McLaughlin album Extrapolation and formed a quintet with Bailey, Jeff Clyne, Evan Parker, and Kenny Wheeler, releasing the album The Baptised Traveller. Following this album the group was joined by Paul Rutherford on trombone and became a sextet, releasing the 1970 album 4 Compositions for Sextet. That same year Oxley helped found Incus Records with Bailey and others and Musicians Cooperative. He received a three-month artist-in-residence job at the Sydney Conservatorium in Australia in 1970. Around this time he joined the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and collaborated with Howard Riley. In 1973 he became a tutor at the Jazz Summer School in Barry, South Wales, and in 1974 he formed the band Angular Apron. Through the 1980s he worked with Tony Coe and Didier Levallet and started the Celebration Orchestra during the latter half of the decade. Oxley toured with Anthony Braxton in 1989 began a working relationship with Cecil Taylor.
In 1993 he joined a quartet with Tomasz Stańko, Bobo Stenson, and Anders Jormin. In 2000 he released the album Triangular Screen with the Tony Oxley Project 1, a trio with Ivar Grydeland and Tonny Kluften.
- The Baptised Traveller (CBS, 1969)
- 4 Compositions for Sextet (CBS, 1970)
- Ichnos (RCA, 1971)
- February Papers (Incus, 1977)
- Leaf Palm Hand with Cecil Taylor (FMP, 1989)
- Tony Oxley Quartet (Incus, 1992)
- Enchanted Messenger (Soul Note, 1996)
- Triangular Screen (Sofa, 2000)
- Floating Phantoms (2002)
- The Advocate with Derek Bailey (Tzadik, 2007)
- Tony Oxley/Derek Bailey Quartet (Jazzwerkstatt, 2008)
- Fame, Georgie (1967). Two Faces of Fame. Columbia.
- Beck, Gordon (1968). Experiments with Pops. Major Minor.
- Beck, Gordon (1968). Gyroscope. Morgan.
- McLaughlin, John (1969). Extrapolation. Polydor.
- Bowie, Lester (1969). Gittin' to Know You. MPS.
- Surman, John (1969). How Many Clouds Can You See?. Deram.
- Harris, Don Sugarcane (1970). Keep on Driving. Musidisc.
- Riley, Howard (1971). Flight. Turtle.
- Gibbs, Michael (1971). Michael Gibbs/Tanglewood '63. Dutton Vocalion.
- Barry Guy/The London Jazz Composers' Orchestra: Ode (Incus, 1972)
- Kenny Wheeler: Song for Someone (Incus, 1973)
- Oxley, Tony; Davie, Alan (1975). The Tony Oxley Alan Davie Duo. a/l/l.
- Vangelis (1978). Hypothesis. Affinity.
- Coe, Oxley & Co. (1983). Nutty. hatHUT.
- Peter Brötzmann Clarinet Project (1984). Berlin Djungle. Unheard Music Series/Atavistic.
- Oxley, Tony; Winstone, Norma; Wheeler, Kenny; Taylor, John; Fresu, Paolo; Damiani, Paolo (1984). Live at Roccella Jonica. Splasc(h).
- Rava, Enrico (1984). String Band. Soul Note.
- Guy, Barry; London Jazz Composers Orchestra (1987). Zurich Concerts. Intakt.
- Mancinelli, Augusto (1988). Extreme. Splasc(h).
- Taylor, Cecil; Oxley, Tony (1988). Leaf Palm Hand. FMP.
- Cecil Taylor, and Corona (1989). Looking (Berlin Version) Corona. FMP.
- Anthony Braxton: Seven Compositions (Trio) 1989 (hatART, 1989)
- Battaglia, Stefano; Oxley, Tony (1990). Explore. Splasc(h).
- Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble (1990). Melancholy. FMP.
- John Surman: Adventure Playground (ECM, 1991)
- The Feel Trio (1991). Looking [Berlin Version]. FMP.
- Stańko, Tomasz (1993). Bosonossa and Other Ballads. Gowi.
- The Feel Trio (1993). Celebrated Blazons. FMP.
- Battaglia, Stefano (1993). Sulphur. Splasc(h).
- Tomasz Stańko: Matka Joanna (ECM, 1994)
- Lindsay Cooper/Trio Trabant a Roma (1994). State of Volgograd. FMP.
- Bill Dixon: Vade Mecum (Soul Note, 1994)
- Bill Dixon: Vade Mecum II (Soul Note, 1994)
- Tomasz Stańko: Leosia (ECM, 1996)
- Paul Rutherford & Iskra 1912 (1997). Sequences 72 & 73. Emanem.
- Oxley, Tony; Bailey, Derek (1997). Soho Suites. Incus.
- Paul Bley: Chaos (Soul Note, 1994 ) with Furio Di Castri
- Alex, Schlippenbach (1998). Digger's Harvest. FMP.
- Jost, Ekkehard (1998). Some Other Tapes. Fish.
- Joseph Holbrooke Trio (1999). '65 (Rehearsal Extract). Incus.
- Dixon, Bill (2000). Berlin Abbozzi. FMP.
- Joseph Holbrooke Trio (2000). Joseph Holbrooke '98. Incus.
- Bill Dixon: Papyrus Volume I (Soul Note, 1998 )
- Bill Dixon: Papyrus Volume II (Soul Note, 1998 )
- Riley, Howard (2000). Synopsis. Emanem.
- Riley, Howard (2001). Overground. Emanem.
- Taylor, Cecil; Dixon, Bill; Oxley, Tony (2002). Cecil Taylor/Bill Dixon/Tony Oxley. Victo.
- Gratkowski, Frank; Van Hove, Fred; Oxley, Tony (2002). GratHovOx. Nuscope.
- Stenson, Bobo (2002). Rarum, Vol. 8: Selected Recordings. ECM.
- Surman, John (2004). Rarum, Vol. 13: Selected Recordings. ECM.
- Stańko, Tomasz. Rarum, Vol. 17: Selected Recordings. ECM.
- Alan Skidmore Quintet (2005). Once Upon a Time. Dutton Vocalion.
- Evans, Bill (2006). Complete February 1972 Paris ORTF Performance. Gambit.
- Surman, John; Oxley, Tony; Skidmore, Alan; Wheeler, Kenny (2006). Jazz in Britain 68–69.
- Joseph Holbrooke Trio (2006). The Moat Recordings. Tzadik.
- Scott, Ronnie (2007). Live at Ronnie Scott's. BMG.
- Meloni, Orru, Oxley (2010). Improvised Pieces For Trio. Big Round Records.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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