A list of the compositions recorded by Graham Collier, and
other major pieces written during his forty-five year
Where CDs are named click in Recordings and More for further information
* indicates some analysis or other writing, click for the Writings Index
*Aberdeen Angus (1967) Down Another Road (album included in first BGO compilation). Included in Back to the Bus, Babyshambles (a compilation of tunes listened to on the Babyshambles tour bus).
Different versions were recorded on Adam’s Marble (also used the CD accompanying Interaction), and as An Alternate Aberdeen Angus on directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003)
Adam (1974) Midnight Blue (album included in third BGO compilation)
Adam's Marble (1986) Adam's Marble
Alexandria Quartet (1965/6) A suite for big band and voices inspired by Laurence Durrell’s novels. Unrecorded partially because Durrell’s agent told me in no uncertain terms that he would not allow his words to be used in such a composition.
And Now for Something Completely Different (1971) Portraits (album included in second BGO compilation)
The Barley Mow (1962) Down Another Road (album included in first BGO compilation). Recorded in a different version on Workpoints. That version issued included in The Cuneiform Story compilation (a Jazz Italia cover-mount CD).
The Bass Saxophone (1989) Music for a BBC adaptation of Josef Skvorecky’s novella for a production which won the Sony Drama Prize of that year.
Bird (1995 ) Music for Radio Three Drama by David Halliwell.
Blue Spring (2000) Winter Oranges
The Blue Suite (2006):
Kind of Sketchy
Kind of So What
Kind of Freddie
Kind of Green
Unrecorded as yet. Inspired by the ideas behind Kind of Blue.
Bread & Circuses (2000) Bread and Circuses
Bread & Circuses. Ballad One was included in Forty Years On, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003) as An Alternate Low Circus Ballad.
Bright as Silver (for Don & John) (1994) Adam's Marble
British Conversations (1975)
Red Sky in the Morning
Halo Round the Sun
Red Sky at Night
Commissioned by Swedish Radio for their big band and performed in Stockholm in 1975. Clear Moon and Mackerel Sky have been used as separate items and are listed elsewhere.
Café Blues (1975) Unrecorded. Inspired by Carson McCullers’ novella Ballad of the Sad Café
Cathedra (1974) Midnight Blue (album included in third BGO compilation)
Charles River Fragments (1994) Charles River Fragments
The Chief of Rostrums and the Domino Woman (1979) Recorded but unreleased. Portraits of two minor characters in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano
Clear Moon (1975) (From British Conversations) Workpoints
Contrapuntal Forms (1968)
Motif No. 3
Commissioned by Harlow Festival. Inspired by five sculptures in the town
Conversations (1967) Deep Dark Blue Centre (album included in second BGO
Conversations with Magic Stones (1990)
Unrecorded. Inspired by a Barbara Hepworth Sculpture seen in St. Ives, Cornwall.
Crumblin’ Cookie (1964) Deep Dark Blue Centre (stereo version of album
included in second BGO compilation). Included in two compilations by
whatmusic.com: Trailer Happiness, Velvet Voodoo, and New Tokyo
International Jazz Airport meets whatmusic.com
Crystals of Space and Time (1985) Unrecorded suite written to
complement a performance of Hoarded Dreams for WDR in Cologne and the
Camden Jazz Festival.
Danish Blue (1968) Down Another Road (album included in first BGO compilation)
Darius (1974) Darius (album included in third BGO compilation); Parts 1 3 & 4 only Recorded in a different version on Workpoints.
The Day of the Dead (1977) Day of the Dead (album included in fourth BGO compilation)
Deep Dark Blue Centre (1966) Deep Dark Blue Centre (stereo version of album included in second BGO compilation). Recorded in a different version on Workpoints.
Deserted Funfair (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
Down Another Road (1967) Down Another Road (album included in first BGO compilation). Recorded in a new version 2005 on Seven’s and Eight’s by Nostalgia 77, which had over 6,000 plays on their MySpace page.
In 2007 Universal Japan released this track as part of a 2 CD compilation by DJ/Producer Jazztronik. Although I was pleased at the inclusion, it was a blatant breach of my copyright. When I complained they paid compensation, but took the album off the shelves... And despite many requests they have failed to produce royalty statements or even a copy of the CDs! (This is one episode in a long-running fight with Universal to get them to acknowledge that I was reassigned the rights to three of my early albums in 1996. The full story will be carried elsewhere in due course.)
Eggshell Summer (2000) Winter Oranges.
Recorded in a new version by George Haslam’s Meltdown in 2001. A different version An Alternate Eggshell Summer was included in directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003)
El Miklos (1966) Deep Dark Blue Centre (stereo version of album included in second BGO compilation)
Eridanus (1977) Guitar and saxophone duo added to The Day of the Dead when Disconforme issued it as a double CD. Not included in the fourth BGO compilation version.
Five Characters in search of a Volcano (1979)
Two Hatted Pelado
The Chief of Gardens
The Sad Faced Potter;
The Mad Tyreman.
Recorded but unreleased. Inspired by five minor characters in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano.
Forest Path to the Spring (1977) Symphony of Scorpions (album included in fourth BGO compilation)
Forty Years On (2003)
Between a Donkey and a Rolls Royce
An Alternate Aberdeen Angus
An Alternate Ryoanji
An Alternate New Conditions and some Out Blues
An Alternate Eggshell Summer
Mackerel Sky, An Alternate Blues
An Alternate Low Circus Ballad
An Alternate Third Simple Piece
A relook at some pieces written during my career recorded on directing 14 Jackson Pollocks. Most sections mentioned elsewhere on this page.
Four Pieces for Paul Klee (1989)
Blue Bird Pumpkin
Still Life with Dove
Witches of the Earth
Four saxophone quartets inspired by Paul Klee paintings. Published by Advance. Unrecorded but MP3 files available (see Recordings and More).
From Acorns (2007) Unrecorded. Commissioned by Derby Jazz for performance by Harry Beckett and the East Midlands Jazz Orchestra.
From Nine to Infinity (1998) Commissioned by the IASJ for their ninth jazz meeting. Recorded on IASJ Gala Concert.
Go West (1968) Originally Song Nine from Songs for My Father. Recorded on Flare Up by Harry Beckett
Grown Men (1984) Unrecorded. Written for the rehearsal band which later became Loose Tubes.
The Hackney Five (1985) Charles River Fragments. The track was also used in the CD accompanying Interaction.
Hirayoshi Suite (1966) Deep Dark Blue Centre; (stereo version of album included in second BGO compilation)
Hoarded Dreams (1983) Hoarded Dreams
II Group One – five trumpets and a baritone
III Ensemble One – a ballad and a waltz
IV Group Two – an alto flute and three trombones
V Ensemble Two – controlled freedom
VI Group Three – three tenors and two guitars
Hong Kong Suite (1958)
The Teeming Millions
Repulse Bay Romance
Unrecorded. Written while in Hong Kong with the British Army.
A Kind of Game (1979) Musical about Kim Philby with David Fisher.
Little Ben (1975) Workpoints
Above Deep Water
Orchestral Dominance in Red /in Yellow/ in Green
Unrecorded. A suite, playable in any order, inspired by paintings by Hans Hofmann.
Mackerel Sky (1975) (From British Conversations) Workpoints. Two different versions, Mackerel Sky, an alternate blues and An Alternate Mackerel Sky were included in directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003)
The Magic Ride (1969) Music for Documentary on the building and maiden voyage of the QE2.
* memories arrested in space (2007)
Something Rich and Strange (Full Fathom Five)
An Abstract Sense of Light (Cathedral)
A Glimpse Into Deep Space (Lucifer)
Anywhere Is Everywhere (Phosphorescence)
The Beauty of Space (Reflections of the Big Dipper)
Reverberations In and Beyond (Alchemy).
Six saxophone quartets inspired by Jackson Pollock paintings from 1947. Published by Advance. Unrecorded but MP3 files available (see Recordings and More).
Mescalusions (1985) Unrecorded as yet
Midnight Blue (1974) Midnight Blue (album included in third BGO compilation)
Midsummer Dawn (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
The Miró Tile (1996) The Third Colour
Mist on Water (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
Molewrench (1968) Down Another Road (album included in first BGO compilation)
Parts 1 to 4
Recorded live in London in three different performances. One was chosen for Mosaics (album included in first BGO compilation). Two tracks from another version were first issued on elastic jazz, sketches of Britain, a compilation of British Jazz from the 60s and 70s and later issued in full as The Alternate Mosaics in the second BGO compilation.
A New Dawn (1973) Darius (album included in third BGO compilation), and used in the CD accompanying Interaction.
New Conditions (1975)
New Conditions (album included in third BGO compilation). An alternate New Conditions (part 6 only) was included in Forty Years On, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003)
New Fire (1980) Commissioned for Greenwich Festival, based on New Fire Festival of the Aztecs
A New Three Chord Trick (1983 ) Commisioned by TVSouth for the Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra
Northern Crescent (1990) Music for a television drama
October Ferry (1977) Day of the Dead (album included in fourth BGO compilation)
One by One the Cow Goes By (1991-2) Written for the Royal Academy of Music Big Band. Recorded on spirits rising (RAM records). Sections of this recording were used in the CD accompanying Interaction.
The Other Side (1970) Recorded on Flare Up by Harry Beckett
Oxford Palms (2001)
Picky Blues and Ballad One
Open Blues and Ballad Two
One Note Blues and Ballad Three
Clapping Blues and Ballad Four
Commissioned by George Haslam for Meltdown’s performance at the Oxford Contemporary Music Festival. Inspired by the two interlocking ideas of William Faulkner’s Wild Palms. Recorded by The Collective, Perth, Australia, released as Bread & Circuses
Pebble Fresh from the Brook (1984) Unrecorded. Commissioned by The Danish Radio Jazz Group.
Plain Song and Mountain Birds (1988) Unrecorded. Commissioned by West Deutscher Rundfunk for a concert by their Orchestra, with soloists Geoff Warren (flute and saxophone) and Ed Speight (guitar)
Portraits (1972) Portraits (album included in second BGO compilation)
Postal Order from my Grannie (1974) Songs written for a musical with Mike Naylor.
Quanahuac (1977) Guitar and saxophone duo added to The Day of the Dead when Disconforme issued it as a double CD. Not included in the fourth BGO compilation version.
Queensberry Rules (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
Rings of Sound (1981-2)
Crimson & Saffron
Azure Tinged with Green
Colour of Bronze.
Unrecorded. Crimson & Saffron was commissioned for the first meeting of the European Community Youth Jazz Orchestra. The other pieces were composed later using some of the same material.
Rolli’s Tune (1968) Recorded by Harry Beckett’s band on Flare Up. Track included in impressed with Gilles Peterson, a compilation of British jazz from the 1960s and ‘70s which also included Lullaby for a Lonely Child from Down Another Road (composed by Karl Jenkins) which was the first example of Universal not asking my permission before using a track which I owned the rights to. Rolli’s Tune was also used as part of the background score to The Long Firm (BBC Television).
Rosemary for Remembrance (1973) Commissioned by Globe for Shakespeare Birthday celebrations. Hamlet connection. Linked to Sherris for Valour.
*Ryoanji (1973) inspired by the Japanes Garden in Kyoto. Recorded in two different versions as part of the Book/CD package Interaction, Opening Up the Jazz Ensemble (Advance). An Alternate Ryoanji was included in Forty Years On, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003).
Sea, Sky and Down (1973) Commissioned by Southern Arts for Worthing Festival of Literature. Prose by RHJeffries, poetry by Ted Walker.
Shapes, Colours, Energy (1995) The Third Colour
Sherris for Valour (1973) Commissioned by Globe for Shakespeare Birthday celebrations. Linked to Rosemary for Remembrance. Falstaff portrait.
Silver Queen Saloon ( 1977) Songs for play written by Paul Foster. Part commissioned by Antwerp Theatre and John Calder
Six Possible Pictures (1986-7)
I Wall Street Blues
III Promised Land
IV Death of Kings
V Freedom Now!
VI One World?
Unrecorded. A suite for Big Band looking at the history of jazz through a contemporary composer’s eyes.
Smoke Blackened Walls and Curlews (1970 ) Commissioned by Bradford festival. Used words by Ted Hughes, Edward Carpenter, J B Priestley, Mrs Gaskell.
Songs for My Father (1970)
Song One (Seven-Four)
Song Two (Ballad)
Song Three (Nine-Eight Blues)
Song Four (Waltz in Four-Four)
Song Five (Rubato)
Song Six (Dirge)
Song Seven (Four-Four Figured).
Songs for My Father (album included in first BGO compilation)
Spring Rain (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
Suite Sandy Brown (1969) Written for a concert with Sandy Brown. Derived from Sweet Georgia Brown.
Sweet Fat (1988 ) Music for play by Jack Kenny and Peter King commissioned by BBC Radio Three.
Symphony of Scorpions (1976) Symphony of Scorpions (album included in fourth BGO compilation)
Thames Base (1980) Written for Danish Radio Big band , featured Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson
Three Simple Pieces (1997)
The Third Colour; Parts 1 and 2 recorded in a different version by the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra on Winter Oranges. Part Three was included in Forty Years On, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003) as An Alternate Third Simple Piece.
Three Solid Gs (1992) Unreorded. Commissioned by Graz, Austria City Council for performance at the IASJ Conference.
*The Third Colour (1997) The Third Colour. Recorded in a different version as *The Alternate Third Colour on directing 14 Jackson Pollocks. Out Blues from The Third Colour was also included in Forty Years On, directing 14 Jackson Pollocks (2003)
The Third Road (1968) Recorded on Flare Up by Harry Beckett, also on three separate albums by Ted Curson who added lyrics - and retitled it Lin’s Garden - when they worked together in Hamburg. The albums - with no lyrics and varying degrees of composer credit - are I Heard Mingus, 'Round about Midnight, and Travelling On.
Tinted Autumn (2000) Winter Oranges
To The Boathouse (1999) Composed for the Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Orchestras.
I Mark Rothko
II Clifford Styll
III Hans Hartung
Big Band suite , recorded on the same night as Symphony of Scorpions. Added to The Day of the Dead when Disconforme issued it as a double CD. Not included in the fourth BGO compilation version.
Ultramarine (1979) South East
Arts Commission. Title (only) from Malcolm
Under the Pier (1973) Workpoints. Two different versions were used in the CD accompanying Interaction.
Under the Volcano (1979) Dramatic Music
for BBC adaptation produced by John Tydeman. Adapted from
the Day of the Dead music.
The Vonetta Factor (2004) directing 14 Jackson Pollocks
Walkabout (1974) Originally a song in Postal Order from My Granny
Wheel of Dreams (1970-72) Multi-media self-portrait, commissioned by Camden Festival. For Norma Winstone, cello, 7 piece band, pre-recorded voice tracks and projections on three screens. Words drawn from a variety of sources including Conrad Aiken, Walt Whitman, W.H.Auden and Michelangelo.
Where will they put the blue plaque now? (1970) Last piece written in my London flat before they knocked it down.
Whirligig (1985) Something British Made in Hong Kong
Winter Oranges (2000)
I Blue Spring
II Eggshell Summer
III Tinted Autumn
IV Winter Oranges
Commisioned by The Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra. Recorded on Winter Oranges. All sections mentioned above as separate items.
Workpoints (1968) Workpoints
World Turned Upside Down (1974) Some songs for a proposed Jazz Opera with Mike Naylor