This list provides a comprehensive overview of John Surman's work. It contains records released under his own name as well as his sessions and productions. The list is in chronological order where the year refers, in general, to the recording date. All items are in LP format unless stated otherwise. CD re-issues are preceeded by an '*'. In those cases where the catalog numbers of LP and CD issue are essentially the same it is not repeated after the *. Releases from 1988 onwards are all available as CDs and therefore, in general, no special indication is made. Note also that essentially all ECM releases are available on CD and therefore no special indication is made in the list below.
Note that compilations of otherwise available material and repackages are, in general, not included in this list.
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John Surman; Hear my prayer/There is a greenhill. 195? (10"/78rpm single). Plymouth Recording Studio Service (private pressing) John Surman Quartet. John Hassell Recordings HAS 660 1965 (private pressing) Peter Lemer: Local colour. ESP 1057; * ESP 1057-2 1966 Mike Osborne: Dawn. * Cuneiform Records RUNE 392 1966 (released in 2015) The Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching Song - Vol 1, 1966 Vol. 2 plus bonus. (3-CD). * Turtle Records TURBXM500 (released in 2017; includes a previously unreleased track with Surman from 1966) Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Celebration. Deram SML 1013; 1967 * Deram 844 852-2 Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Release. Deram SML 1031 1968 * Deram 844 851-2 Mike Westbrook Concert Band: The Last Night At The Old 1968 Place. * Cadillac SGCCD 016 (released in 2018) Graham Collier: Workpoints. (2-CD). * Cuneiform Records 1968 RUNE 213/214 (released in 2005) Graham Collier: Relook - 1937-2011. * Jazz Continuum 1968 (released in 2012) Alexis Korner: Bootleg him!. (2-LP). RAK SRAK SP 51; 1968 Warner Brothers 2XS 1966; Metronome DALP 2/3101; * Castle Comm. CSC 7012 John Surman. Deram SML 1030; * Deram 844 883-2, 1968 Dutton Vocalion 8402 Chris McGregor. Up to earth. Witchseason (test pressing); 1968 * Fledg'ling Records FLED3069 Gitte & The Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band: My kind 1968 of world. EMI Hoer zu SHZE 280; * VeraBra Records vBr 2020-2, Bureau bb01 (D) Ronnie Scott & The Band: Live at Ronnie Scott's. CBS 52661; 1968 * Columbia 494439-2; (CD reissue with 4 bonus tracks) Sony/BMG 88697072392 Jazz in Britain '68-'69. Decca Eclipse ECS 2144; 1968/69 * Vocalion CDSML 8418 John McLaughlin: Extrapolation. Marmalade 608007; 1969 Polydor 2343012; Polydor 2310018; * Polydor 841598-2 John Surman: How many clouds can you see?. Deram SML 1045; 1969 * Deram 844 882-2 Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching song, Vol. 1. Deram 1969 SML 1047; * Deram 844 853-2 Mike Westbrook Concert Band: Marching song, Vol. 2. Deram 1969 SML 1048; * Deram 844 853-2 John Surman: Flashpoint, NDR Jazz Workshop - April 1969. 1969 (DVD+CD) Cuneiform Rune 315/316 (released in 2011) NDR - Die Jazz Werkstatt '69. (This LP is shared with other 1969 artists). NDR 654057 John Surman: Way back when. * Cuneiform Records RUNE 200 1969 (was available as test pressing LP, Matrix RGG 1109/1110; released on CD in 2005) The Nice: Nice. Immediate IMSP 029; * 1969 (Surman is said to be on the track "For example") Geo Voumard: 25 ans de jazz et de complicités musicales. 1969 (2 CD). * Disques Office DO 65223 (Ch) (released in 1999) Humphrey Lyttelton: Duke Ellington Classics. Polydor 1969 2460140; Black Lion 28400; Black Lion 127000 Mike Gibbs. Deram SML 1063; * Deram 844 907-2 1969 (the CD re-issue includes 2 additional minutes of session outtakes) Michael Gibbs with The Gary Burton Quartet: Festival 69. 1969 (3-CD). * Turtle Records TURBXM503 (released in 2018) Alexis Korner: Both sides. Metronome MLP 15364 1969 Rolf Kuehn: Monday morning. Columbia SHZE 909BL (D) 1969 Open space. MPS 15259; MPS CRM 720; MPS 2120720 1969 Gittin' to know y'all. (This LP is shared with other 1969 artists). MPS 15269; MPS CRM 728; MPS 2120728-5; * Polygram/MPS POCJ 2553, UCCU-9018 (J) NDR - Die Jazz-Werkstatt '70. (This LP is shared with 1970 other artists). NDR 0654094 John Surman Trio: Live in Altena. JG Records 018 1970 Michel Portal: Alors!!!. Futura GER 12; Musica MUS 2001; 1970 * Futura 152-072 The Trio. (2-LP). Dawn DNLS 3006; Vogue VJD 505-1/2; 1970 Pye SLVLXPY 531; * BGO Records BGOCD 231 Bass is. Enja 2018; * Enja 2018-2 1970 John Surman/John McLaughlin: Where fortune smiles. Dawn 1970 DNLS 3018; Pye 12103; Ariola 88 038 IT; * BGO Records BGOCD 191 Remembering '70. (This 2-LP set is shared with other 1970 artists). JG Records 024/025 The Trio: Conflagration. Dawn DNLS 3022; * BGO Records 1970 BGOCD 253; Future Music Records FMR CD22 Harry Beckett: Flare up. Philips 6308026; * Jazzprint 1970 JPVP 124CD New Jazz Meeting Altena 1970. (This 2-LP set is shared 1970 with other artists). JG Records 21/22 Jazz Festival '70. Toshiba Liberty LPC-8045; (also issued 1970 as: European Jazz Stars: C'est tout. EMI ETJ-65010 (J)) Eddie Louiss: Our kind of sabi. MPS CRM 751; MPS 2120751-1; 1970 Nippon Columbia YS-2506 Europe Jazz All Stars: Room 1220. Trio RSP-9014 (J); 1970 * Konnex KCD 5037; Art Union ABCJ-282 (J) Alan Skidmore: TCB. Philips 6308041; * Philips UCCM-9140 (J) 1970 Jazz Jamboree 1970. (This LP is shared with other artists). 1970 Muza XL 0697 Mike Gibbs: Tanglewood '63. Deram SML 1087; * Deram 1970 844 906-2 Bill Fay: ditto. Deram Nova SDN 12; * See For Miles SEE 1970 CD499, Eclectic Discs ECLCD1022 Rolf Kuehn: Going to the rainbow. BASF CRC 008; MPS 2021008; 1970 (re-issued as: Creaction. Acanta CC 23097; * Nippon Flamingo/VaVan Media H25W20105, Century Records CECC-00695 (J)) John Warren/John Surman: Tales of the Algonquin. Deram 1971 SML 1094; * Deram 844 884-2, Dutton Vocalion 8410 Chris McGregor: Brotherhood of breath. RCA Neon NE2; 1971 * Repertoire REP 4468, Fledg'ling Records FLED 3062 John Taylor: Pause and think again. Turtle TUR 302; 1971 * Future Music Records FMRCD 24 Slide Hampton & Vaclav Zahradnik Big Band: B & S. Supra- 1971 phon 1 150929 (CS); I giganti del Jazz 39 (I) The Trio: By contact. Turtle TUR ?; Nippon Columbia 1971 YS-2733 AX; Ogun Records OG 529 2. New Jazz Meeting Altena 1971. (This 2-LP set is shared 1971 with other artists). JG Records 27/28 Ossiach Live. (This 3-LP set is shared with other artists). 1971 BASF 49-21119-3; * Four Aces Records FAR 010 (I) John Surman/Jack Bruce/Jon Hiseman: Jazz London 6. BBC 1971 Transcription Services CN 1721/S Jack Bruce: Spirit. Live at the BBC 1971-1978. (3-CD). 1971/78 * Polydor/Universal 5305568 (released in 2008; includes all tracks from the BBC Transcription Disc above) NDR - Jazz Workshop '71. (This LP is shared with other 1971 artists). NDR 065496351 Norma Winstone: Edge of time. Argo ZDA 148; * Disconforme 1971 Disc 1962 CD John Surman: Westering home. Island HELP 10; Ariola 1972 86 393 ET (D); * Future Music Records FMRCD 16, Fledg'ling Records FLED 3093 Mike Osborne: Shapes. * Future Music Records FMRCD 10 1972 John Surman: Morning glory. Island ILPS 9237; Ariola 1973 86 969 IT; Antilles AN-7004; * Future Music Records FMRCD 13, Fledg'ling Records FLED 3101 Music Explosion. Midland Sound Recordings MSRS 1381 1973 Ivan Jullien: Live at Nancy Jazz Pulsations. Mimetik 1973 Records MMTK01 (released in 2019 on vinyl, limited to 500 copies) Balver Höhle Jazzfestival 1974. (This 4-LP set is shared 1974 with other artists). JG Records 36-39 S.O.S.: Looking for the next one. (2-CD). * Cuneiform 1974 Records RUNE 360 (released in 2013; includes the track with Surmam from the above 4-LP set) New Jazz Festival Balver Höhle (New Jazz 1974 & 1975) 1974 .(11 CDs) * B.Free 6233-6243 (same recordings from Balve as on the Cuneiform CD set) Mike Westbrook: Love and Understanding - Citadel/Room 315 1974 Sweden '74. * My Only Desire Records MOD003 (released in 2020) S.O.S.: ditto. Ogun Records OG 400; * Ogun OGCD 019 1975 Mike Westbrook: Citadel/Room 315. RCA SF 8433; 1975 * Novus ND74987, BGO CD 713 John Surman/Stu Martin: Live at Woodstock Town Hall. 1975 Pye 12114; Dawn DNLS 3072; * BGO Records BGOCD 290 John Surman: Live at Moers. Moers Music 1006 1975 Claude Sautet et Philippe Sarde: Mado. Festival FLD-667 (F) 1976 Romy, Montand, Piccoli, Patrick, Sautet, Sarde, et les 1976/80 autres ... (This LP is shared with other artists). Milan A 222 (F); (retitled: Philippe Sarde - Claude Sautet) * Milan CD CH 318 Karin Krog: Cloud line blue. Polydor 2382093 (N); Poljazz 1976 PSJ 82 (PL); * Meantime Records MR 11 Friedrich Gulda: Nachricht vom Lande. (2-LP). 1976 Brain 080.016-2 Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes. ECM 1076 1976 Des enfants gates. Vogue LDA.20295 (F) 1977 Mumps: A matter of taste. MPS 68.169 1977 New Jazz Festival Balver Höhle (New Jazz 1976 & 1977) 1977 .(8 CDs) * B.Free 6272-6269 (released in 2017; include a recording of Mumps on CD 6) Alexis Korner: The party album. (2-LP). Intercord 170000; 1978 * Castle Comm. CSC 7013 John Surman/Stan Tracey: Sonatinas. Steam Rec. SJ 106; 1978 (re-issued as Stan Tracey: Duets) * Blue Note CDP 789450-2 Mick Goodrick: In pas(s)ing. ECM 1139 1978 John Surman: Upon reflection. ECM 1148 1979 Miroslav Vitous: First meeting. ECM 1145 1979 Barre Phillips: Journal violone II. ECM 1149 1979 Barre Phillips: Music by ... ECM 1178 1980 Miroslav Vitous Group. ECM 1185 1980 (Phillips/Surman/Kemanis:) Jazzwerkstatt Peitz 50. 1980 (CD 2 of a 4-CD set). * jw050 (released in 2013) John Surman: The amazing adventures of Simon Simon. 1981 ECM 1193 Merry-Go-Round. (DVD). Ripley's Home Video RHV 1981 8 032134046878; Carlotta Films (released in 2008) Miroslav Vitous: Journey's end. ECM 1242 1982 John Surman: Such winters of memory. ECM 1254 1982 Barry Altschul: Irina. Soul Note SN 1065; * Soul Note 1983 121065-2 Gil Evans: The British Orchestra. Mole 8; 1983 (CD reissue with 3 bonus tracks) * Tri Arts TAA 002 Jazzbuehne Berlin '83. (This LP is shared with other 1983 artists). Amiga 856 035 (DDR) Graham Collier: Hoarded dreams. * Cuneiform Records RUNE 252 1983 (released in 2007) John Surman: Withholding pattern. ECM 1295 1984 Poli Palmer: Human error. Erdenklang 6.26208; * 1985 Absolute beginners. (2-LP). Ariola/Virgin 804 869-955 (D); 1985 * Virgin Records CDV 2386-2 The Per Husby Orchestra: Dedications. Hot Club Records 1985 HCR 21; Affinity AFF 136; * Hot Club HCRCD 21 Karin Krog: Freestyle. Odin LP 17; * Odin NJ 4017-2 1985/86 Paul Bley: Fragments. ECM 1320 1986 Gil Evans: Gil meets John and Lee. (4-LP). (bootleg) (I); 1986 (retitled We remember Jimi ...) * All Of Us AS 28/2 (I) The Per Husby Orchestra: Your eyes. NOPA 2913 (N) 1987 Paul Bley Quartet. ECM 1365 1987 Gil Evans Orchestra: Jazz legends. * BBCJ 7007-2 1987 Sting and Gil Evans: Last session. * Jazz Door 1228; 1987 Papillon CD 019, (retitled: Strange fruit) ITM 1499; (complete version released as:) Gil Evans Orchestra featuring Sting: In Perugia. (2-CD). * Jazz Door JD 12156 Sting and Gil Evans: Strange fruit. (DVD). Jazz Door 1987 JD 11030 (DVD released in 2006) Gil Evans Orchestra: Live at Umbria Jazz 87, Vol. 1. * Egea 1987 EUJ 1001 (I) Gil Evans Orchestra: Live at Umbria Jazz 87, Vol. 2. * Egea 1987 EUJ 1002 (I) John Surman: Private city. ECM 1366 1987 The Believers. (Soundtrack CD). * Perseverance Records 1987 PRD 031 (the track with Surman is only on the Limited Edition re-issue from 2009) Bekummernis - Luc Le Masne: Til C.. Menelas MEN 004CD 1988 John Surman/Jack deJohnette: On Stage. (3-LP). BBC 1989 Transcription Services CN 5547/S (This 3-LP set is shared with the Stan Getz Quartet) Karin Krog: Something borrowed ... something new. Meantime 1989 Records MR 2 (N) Route One/USA. (2 DVD + CD). Editions Montparnasse (F) 1989 (set contains a documentary film and a bonus CD with the soundtrack by Surman and others; released in 2006) Paolo Pellegatti: Live Collection. Ultra Sound Records 1989 USCD135S (I) (released in 2014) John Surman/Karin Krog: Dance Song. (cassette). no label 1990 (promo cassette that was only sold at concerts) Bjoern Alterhaug: Constellations. Odin NJ 4035-2 1990 Vocal Jazz Summit - Jazz-Vega 90. Kvark R 60 00905 (SU) 1990 NDR Bigband: Bravissimo II. ACT 9259-2 1990 Colin Towns: Mask orchestra. The Jazz Label TJL 001 CD; 1991 (retitled: Bolt from the blue) EFA CD 10251-2 Tim Brady: Inventions. Justin Time JTR 8433-2 1991 John Surman: Adventure playground. ECM 1463 1991 Orphy Robinson: When tomorrow comes. Blue Note CDP 798581-2; 1991 Blue Note CD BLT 1004 Bley / Peacock / Oxley / Surman: In the evenings out there. ECM 1488 1991 Karin Krog: Jubilee. (2-CD). Verve 523 716-2 1991 John Surman / John Warren: The brass project. ECM 1478 1992 John Taylor: Ambleside days. AHUM 013 1992 John Abercrombie: November. ECM 1502 1992 John Surman's Brass Project: London Jazz Festival, 1993. 1993 BBC Transcription CD 350.06 John Warren (The Brass Project): The Traveller's Tale. 1993 Fledg'ling Records FLED 3103 (released in 2017; official release of the transcription disc above) John Surman: Stranger than fiction. ECM 1534 1993 International Jazz Festival Varna Summer. (This 3-CD set 1993 is shared with other artists). (3-CD). AVA Records 0023/0024/0025 (BG) Surman/Krog/Rypdal/Storaas: Nordic quartet. ECM 1553 1994 John Surman: A biography of the Rev. Absalom Dawe. ECM 1528 1994 Karin Krog: Det var en gang... Karin Krog synger barne- sanger. Nor-Disc 526 411-2 1994 Vignola - 20 anni di Jazz in'it. (This CD is shared with 1995 other artists). MJCD 1202 (This CD was sold together with the Italian magazine "Musica Jazz" no. 6/2008) Karin Krog: Huskonsert i Aurskog. Meantime Records MR 6 (N) 1996 John Surman: Proverbs and songs. ECM 1639 1996 Stories for friends. (This 2-CD set is shared with other 1997 artists). Network 26.983 (D) John Williams: Baritone Band. * Spotlite SPJ CD 564 1997 Anouar Brahem/John Surman/Dave Holland: Thimar. ECM 1641 1997 Music Hotel - ECM Musiktage Roemerbad Badenweiler. (video). 1997 momentum/ECM Records Misha Alperin: First impression. ECM 1664 1997 Christine Collister: The dark gift of time. Fledg'ling 1998 Records FLED 3016; Koch Records KOC CD 8022 Dolmen Orchestra: Sequenze Armoniche. Leo Records LR 291 1998 Tomasz Stanko: From the green hill. ECM 1680 1998 Karin Krog & John Surman: Bluesand. Meantime Records MR9 (N) 1999 Peter Janson: Nordic Meeting. Dragon DRCD 353 (Sw) 1999 John Dowland: In darkness let me dwell. ECM 1697 1999 John Surman: Coruscating. ECM 1702 2000 Spring Heel Jack: Disappeared. Rough Trade RTRADECD 007; 2000 Thirsty Ear 57091 Christine Collister: An equal love. Topic TSCD1001 2001 John Surman: Free and Equal. ECM 1802 2001 John Surman/Jack DeJohnette: Invisible Nature. ECM 1796 2001 Karin Krog/Jacob Young: Where Flamingos Fly. Grappa 2001 GRCD 4169 (N) John Potter Dowland Project: Care-charming Sheep. ECM 1803 2001 John Surman: The amazing adventures of John Surman. 2001 MJCD ECM/JS (Compilation of previously released recordings. This CD was sold together with the Italian magazine "Musica Jazz" no. 5/2001) John Surman: Apartment #5C. (Soundtrack CD). mk2/Melodie 2002 Distribution 700224 300586 (F) Roccellanea - 25 anni di Roccella Jazz. (This CD is shared 2002 with other artists). MJCD 1170 (This CD was sold together with the Italian magazine "Musica Jazz" no. 8-9/2005) Karin Krog/Steve Kuhn: Where you at?. Enja 9144-2 2002 Voice Of The North Jazz Orchestra: Chain reaction. 2003 Jazzaction JA02 (UK) (promotional CD) John Surman: Selected recordings. (Compilation of 2004 previously released recordings). ECM 8013-2 The Ripple Effect: Hybrids. Golden Beams Productions 2005 GBP-CD-1114 Bergen Big Band & Karin Krog: Seagull. Grappa/Galileo 2005 GRCD 4212 The Dowland Project/John Potter: Romaria. ECM 1970 2006 The Dowland Project/John Potter: Night Sessions. ECM 2018 2001/06 John Surman: The spaces in between. ECM 1956 2006 Karin Krog - Herman Wildenvey: Wildenvey i ord og toner. Grappa GRCD 4249 2007 John Surman/Howard Moody: Rain on the window. ECM 1986 2008 Kristen Nogues: Logodennig. (2-CD). Innacor INNA 20807 (F) 2008 Karin Krog: Oslo calling. Meantime Records MR 14 2008 John Surman: Brewster's rooster. ECM 2046 2009 Maurizio Brunod: Svartisen. Splasc(h) CDH 2529.2 (I) 2009 Marlui Miranda: Yuxin. (book + CD). Selo SESC SP YA-1007 2009 (sold together with the novel "Yuxin" by Ana Miranda) Karin Krog: Folkways. Meantime Records MR 16 2009 John Surman: The Rainbow Band Sessions. Losen Records 2011 LOS 105-2 (N) Richard Galliano: Nino Rota. Deutsche Grammophon 2011 0 28947 64615 0 Biret Ristin Sara: Aidnen. Idut ICD111 (N) 2011 John Surman: Saltash bells. ECM 2266 2012 Marlui Miranda: Fala de Bicho, Fala de Gente. Selo SESC 2013 CDSS 0053/14 (Br) Karin Krog & John Surman: Songs About This and That. 2013 Meantime Records MR 20 John Surman/Bergen Big Band: Another Sky. Grappa GRCD4459 2013 Karin Krog & Steve Kuhn: Break Of Day. Meantime Records 2014 MR 22 Karin Krog: Don't Just Sing - An Anthology: 1963-1999 2015 Light In The Attic LITA 129 Karin Krog & John Surman: Infinite Paths. Meantime 2015 Records MR 23 Pau Brasil: Daqui. Pau Brasil Music 7893713000114 (Br) 2015 Grasscut: Everyone was a bird. Lo Recordings Lo123CD 2015 John Surman: Invisible Threads. ECM 2588 2017 Peter Lemer: Son of Local Colour. ESP 5031 2018 Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Folk Songs 2020 - The Bela Bartok Field Recordings. Sunnyside SSC1580
Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly directed by Freddie Francis; UK 1969 (The soundtrack was composed by Bernard Ebbinghouse) Mado directed by Claude Sautet; France 1976 (The soundtrack was composed by Philipp Sarde) Des enfantes gates directed by Bernard Tavernier; France 1977 (The soundtrack was composed by Philipp Sarde) Un mauvais fils directed by Claude Sautet; France 1980 (The soundtrack was composed by Philipp Sarde) Merry-Go-Round [L'engrenage] directed by Jacques Rivette; France 1981 (The soundtrack is by John Surman and Barre Phillips, who act themselves in the film) Procession to the Private Sector (BBC radio play) directed by Julian May; UK 1998 (The soundtrack is by John Surman and Chris Laurence) The Shade directed by Raphael Nadjari; USA 1999 Apartment #5C directed by Raphael Nadjari; France 2002
Onirocri Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1973 (music by Barre Phillips) Sablier prison Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1974 X Land Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1975 (music by John Surman, Barre Phillips) Wind, water, Sand Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1976 (music by John Surman, Barre Phillips) Theta Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1976 Karma One (documentary film by Alain Mayor, 33') Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1976 (music by John Surman, Stu Martin) This, That Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1977 (music by John Surman, Barre Phillips) Cipher II Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1978 Writings on the Wall Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1979 Trio Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1979 (music by John Surman, Barre Phillips, Herve Bourde) Utenfor rekkevidde (Eyeless in movement) Choreography by Kjersti Alveberg; Norway 1985 Cornerstone Choreography by Carolyn Carlson; France 1991