Lol Coxhill

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photograph copyright Dagmar Gebers.

Photos of Lol Coxhill's duo with Adam Bohman can also be viewed.

Born Portsmouth, 1932; Tenor, soprano and sopranino saxophones, electronics, actor, raconteur; died 10 July 2012, London.

Audio clips

Two mp3 Lol Coxhill audio samples are available.

Video sample

This sample is taken from the film Frog dance financed by the Arts Council of England; it is used with the permission of the Arts Council.


Between 1947 and 1949 the teenage Lol Coxhill organised club sessions comprising live contemporary jazz plus recordings of modern jazz musicians such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lennie Tristano, Miles Davis and Stan Kenton. From 1950 to 1951 he was 'temporarily inconvenienced by national service in the Royal Air Force' but for the rest of that decade he was a member of: Denzil Bailey's Afro-Cubists (Dizzy Gillespie, Machito compositions/ arrangements); the Graham Fleming Combo touring US air bases in England (Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker compositions); and Sonny G and the G Men (R&B, standards). He also guested with established British contemporary jazz players, including Joe Harriott, Tubby Hayes, Oxford University Jazz Band as well as playing solo jazz and improvisations on the saxophone.

Much of the early to mid 1960s was taken up with touring and accompanying/supporting visiting US artists such as Rufus Thomas (with the television and video release of Walking the dog), Martha & the Vandellas, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Mose Allison, and to some extent this continued into the 70s with tours by Otis Spann, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson and Alexis Korner. However, between 1968 and 1972 Coxhill formed 'Delivery' with Steve Miller, Jack Monck, Pip Pyle and Phil Miller, was a member of the 'Whole World' with Kevin Ayers, David Bedford, Mike Oldfield and numerous drummers, as well as performing in the Coxhill/Bedford duo and the Coxhill/Steve Miller duo.

The twelve years from 1973 saw Lol Coxhill become more well known as an improvising musician and solo player, with appearances thoughout Great Britain, Europe, the US, Japan and Canada. At the same time he undertook numerous collaborations with improvisors (as a member of Company), jazz musicians (as a member of the Brotherhood of Breath), rock and blues musicians (The Damned), as well as appearing with experimental theatre groups such as Welfare State. Other collaborations included Trevor Watts 'Moire Music', The Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and AMM. The Recedents (with Roger Turner and Mike Cooper) was formed in this period to perform electro-acoustic improvisations and has been a long-standing interest along with the Melody Four (with Steve Beresford and Tony Coe) - performing original and standard songs, film music, theatre music, jazz and improvisations - a duo with Pat Thomas, a duo with Adam Bohman (both electo-acoustic improvisations though of a rather different hue) and membership of the Dedication Orchestra.

Lol Coxhill has also worked occasionally in television and films with a part in Sally Potter's London story, Ken Campbell and Nigel Evans' The madness museum and Derek Jarman's Caravaggio.

Further information

Frog dance, 1986, a film by Richard White financed by the Arts Council of Great Britain and subsequently shown on UK Channel 4.
Nuttall, Jeff (1989). The bald soprano. Tak, Tak.
Schwarz, Barbara (ed.) (2006). The sound of squirrel meals: the work of Lol Coxhill. Hamburg: blackpress. viii, 152pp.
Watson, Ben (1989), Up to the ears, The Wire, no. 67, (September), pp. 24-26, 60.


1954-1999, Spectral soprano, Emanem 4204. Compilation CD covering many of Coxhill's musical activities.
1970, Fools meeting, Cuneiform Rune 115. Delivery.
1970, Shooting at the moon, BGOCD13. Kevin Ayres and the Whole World.
1970/1971, Ear of beholder, Dandelion/Ampex/See for Miles Records SEECD 414.
1971 Toverbal sweet, Mushroom 150 MR 23/See for Miles SEECD480.
1972 Too old to die young, HUX 006. Kevin Ayers.
1972 Banana follies, HUX 007. Kevin Ayers.
1972, His Master's Bones, Cuneiform Rune 89. Gary Windo. One track on compilation.
1973, Not necessarily "English music", Electronic Music Foundation EMF CD 036. One duo with Steve Miller on compilation CD.
1971/72, Miller/Coxhill:Coxhill/Miller, Virgin Caroline C1503.
1973/74, The story so far...Oh really?, Virgin Caroline C1507.
1971-1974, Coxhill/Miller Miller/Coxhill "The story so far..." "...Oh really?", Cuneiform Rune 253/254. Reissue of Caroline C1503 and C1507 with some additional material.
1973/1975, Welfare State/Lol Coxhill, Virgin/Caroline C1514.
1975, Fleas in custard, Virgin Caroline C1515.
1976, Diverse, Ogun OG 510. Released on CD as Coxhill on Ogun.
1977, Company 6, Incus 29.
1977, Company 7, Incus 30.
1977, Fictions, Incus 38. Company.
1977, Murder in the air, Chiltern Sound CS 100.
1977, The joy of paranoia, Ogun OG 525. Released on CD as Coxhill on Ogun.
1977-1978, Moot & Lid, Ictus 146. Coxhill/Schiaffini/Centazzo.
1978, Digswell duets, Random Radar Records RRR 005.
1978, Digswell duets 1978, Emanem 4052.
1978, Lid, Ictus 011.
1978, Moot, Ictus 008.
1978/1982, Situations, Inctus/rdc 5046. Two sessions, including part of Moot.
1978/1981, French gigs, AAA A02/CDT 0991.
1979?, Rags/The goldiggers, ReR LCD. Lindsay Cooper.
1979, A luta continua, Konnex KCD 5056. John Stevens Dance Orchestra
1979/1983, Darkly again, Ictus 158. Coxhill/Koglmann/Centazzo.
1980, Johnny Rondo Duo plus Mike Cooper, FMP SAJ-29.
1980, Slow music, Voiceprint VP 160CD.
1980, An end to the matter, Blueprint BP159CD.
1980, Chantenay 80, nato 10.
1980/1989The bald soprano companion, Tak 01, cassette. Previously unreleased material to accompany the book of the same name.
1981, The Dunois solos, nato DK 018 53040.2.
1981, Figments of imagination, FMR CD31-V0796. G.P. Hall.
1981/1982 Instant replay, nato 25/32 (LP).
1981/1982 Instant replay, nato 25-32 (CD).
1981, Trio & triangle, Emanem 4150. SME & SMO.
1981, SME+SMO in concert, Sweet Folk & Country SFA 112.
1981, Search & reflect, Emanem 5209. Spontaneous Music Orchestra.
1981, We know nonsense, Choo Choo Train CHUG 4. Forty nine Americans.
1981, The Promenaders, Y Records Y31.
1981/1983, Darkly, Ictus 148. Coxhill/Koglmann/Centazzo.
1982, The forty nine Americans, Choo Choo Train CHUG 1.
1982, Home produce, Tago Mago 4752.
1982, La Paloma, Chabada OH5. The Melody Four. Re-issued on La Paloma compilation Trikont US-0220.
1982, Il froga silencio/Discodementia, UMYU F-3.005.
1982/85, Frog dance, Impetus IMP 28407, 2LP.
1982/1983, Lol Coxhill and Totsuzen Danball, Floor FL 2/Wax Records TKCA-30119.
1983, Solo, Shock SX 007.
1983, Thirty years from Monday, Ictus 129. Part of Ictus Records 30th anniversary collection.
1983, Rebels, travelers & improvisers, Ictus 132. Part of the Ictus Records 30th anniversary collection.
1983, Couscous, nato 157.
1983, Sept tableaux phoniques Erik Satie, nato 59/nato 53005.2. Lol Coxhill on three tracks.
1984, Love plays such funny games, Chabada OH6. The Melody Four.
1985, 10:02, nato 439.
1985, Danger in paradise, Touch TO2. General Strike.
1985, Trevor Watts' Moiré Music, Arc 02.
1985, London Musicians' Collective ...the first 25 years, LMC Rec8.2CD/Res9.1CD. As member of Health Cuts on this compilation CD.
1985, Miller's tale, Matchless MR9. 'The Steve Miller trio meets Lol Coxhill'.
1985, Si Señor!, Chabada OH11 (10"). The Melody Four.
1985, The inimitable, nato DK 018 53039.2.
1985, Cafe de la place, nato 1085.
1984/6, Radio daze, Hipshot Records HIP 003. One track on Mike Cooper compilation archive.
1986, Barbecue strut, nato 907. The Recedents.
1987, Alphabets of fishes, Klinker Zoundz KZ8801. Single track on Birdyak LP.
1987, Before my time, Chabada OH17/Nato HS10052.
1987, Aveklei uptowns Hawaiians, Chabada OH 18. Mike Cooper/Cyril Lefebvre.
1987, Joyeux Noël, nato 1382. Compilation featuring various musicians.
1988, Shopping for melodies vol. 1, Chabada OH19 (10"). The Melody Four.
1988, Shopping for melodies vol. 2, Chabada OH21 (10"). The Melody Four.
1988, Shopping for melodies, Chabada 777 761 (CD). The Melody Four.
1988, IRMA, Matchless MR16. AMM plus soloists.
1988, Zombie bloodbath on the Isle of Dogs, nato 112036. The Recedents.
1988, Bandes original du journal de Spirou, nato 1715/1774. Compilation album.
1988, Moonlight becomes you FMP OWN-90007/9. One track featuring Night and Day plus Lol Coxhill on Rüdiger Carl compilation CD.
1989, Termite one, BFC24/BF 32.
1989, Hulabaluh, Hipshot Records HIP 008. Includes tracks by the Uptown Hawaiians.
1990, The Holywell concert, SLAMCD 302.
1990, A big honk, SLAMCD 202. George Ricci & the Improverts with Lol Coxhill.
1990, Incognitose, SLAMCD 308. Solo; previously issued on a Wire cassette.
1991, AngelicA 91, CAICAI 001. Three tracks, including one solo.
1991, The wayward balladeer, SLAMCD 401. Single piece on compilation.
1991/1999, Alone and together, Emanem 4034. Solos and duos.
1992, Passed Normal volume 5, FOT PN5. One track, excerpt from a solo improvisation.
1992, Vol pour Sydney (aller), nato 53001. Two tracks on Sydney Bechet compilation album.
1992, Spirits rejoice, Ogun OGCD101. The Dedication Orchestra.
1992, Three blokes, FMP CD63. Soprano saxophone duets with Steve Lacy and Evan Parker
1993, Halim, nato DK 018 53031.2. Duo with Pat Thomas.
1993, Let's call this... esteem, SLAMCD 501. Duo of Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron with spoken introduction by Lol Coxhill.
1994, Ixesha, Ogun OGCD102/103. The Dedication Orchestra.
1994, One night in Glasgow, Scatter 03:CD. Duo with Pat Thomas.
1995, Thomas Borgmann's Orkestra Kith 'n Kin, Cadence Jazz Records CJR 1081.
1995, A boy leaves home, Mash 004. Susanna Ferrar.
1995, Les films de ma ville, nato 112033. The Melody Four plus various artists.
1995, AngelicA 1995, A1 007. Lol Coxhill's Before my time.
1995, Diaphanous, MTB022. 46,000 Fibres.
1997, My Chelsea, Rectangle REC-MCA. Lol Coxhill/Phil Minton/Noël Akchoté.
1997, Xmas songs, Rectangle REC-N. Lol Coxhill/Phil Minton/Noël Akchoté.
1998, Boundless, Emanem 4021. Duo with Veryan Weston.
1998, Lol Coxhill and Totsuzen Danball 2, Wax Records TKCH-71425.
1998, Au bordel, Winter & Winter 910 026.
1999, The 5th Anniversary concerts: SET 2, Dyscfunctional 2/3. 46,000 Fibres.
1999, Proceedings, Emanem 4201. London Improvisers Orchestra.
1999, Slamfest, SLAMCD 405. Trio of Coxhill/Haslam/Rutherford on compilation 2-disc set.
2000, London gigs, Prominence PPRCD 4199. Duos with Enzo Rocco.
2000, The evil garden, November Music NVR2011-2. Max Nagl/Edward Gorey.
2000, Tsunami, FMRCD82-0501. Burt/MacDonald4/Lol Coxhill.
2000, The Bill Wells Octet meets Lol Coxhill, Textile Records TXTVNL01.
2000/2001, Worms organising archdukes, Emanem 4074. Coxhill/Weston.
2001, Live at the Red Rose, SLAMCD 313. One track with the Anglo-Argentine Jazz Quartet and guests.
2001, Freedom of the city 2001: large groups, Emanem 4206. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2001, Freedom of the city 2001: small groups, Emanem 4205.
2001, Coxhill Street, FMRCD92-i0502. Burt/MacDonald4/Lol Coxhill.
2001/2002, Out to launch, Emanem 4086. Solo and with the Unlaunched Orchestra.
2002, Duology, SLAMCD 249. Riley/Coxhill.
2002, Chicago 2002, Emanem 4082. Paul Rutherford.
2002, Milwaukee 2002, Emanem 4097. Lol Coxhill/Torsten Müller/Paul Rutherford.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002: small groups, Emanem 4210.
2002, Freedom of the city 2002, Emanem 4090. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2002, Mopomoso solos 2002, Emanem 4100. Chris Burn/Lol Coxhill/John Edwards/Phil Minton/John Russell.
2002, Hotel Dilettante, Textile Records TCD6. George Burt/Raymond MacDonald Quintet with Lol Coxhill and Future Pilot AKA.
2002, Friendly faces: egg tempera, ArtPart 02. Coxhill/Fell/Heesch.
2003, Popcorn, FMRCD136-i1203. Burt/MacDonald Octet/Lol Coxhill.
2003, Acts of love, Mutable 17519-2. Bergman/Coxhill/Hession.
2003, This that and the other, Loose Torque LT003. Lol Coxhill/Frode Gjerstad/Nick Stephens.
2003/2004, Responses, reproduction & reality: freedom of the city 2003-4, Emanem 4110. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2003/2007, Improvisations for George Riste, psi 08.06. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2003/2010, Success with your dog, Emanem 5010. Lol Coxhill/Roger Turner.
2004, The early years, Ping Pong 003. Coxhill/Edwards/Noble.
2004, The great shark hunt, FMRCD165-0305. Burt/MacDonald Septet/Lol Coxhill.
2004, One bloke, Textile Records TCD13. George Burt/Raymond MacDonald Quartet.
2005, Freedom of the city 2005, Emanem 4216. In Coxhill/Metcalfe duo + London Improvisers Orchestra.
2000-2005, More together than alone, Emanem 4136.
2005, Sounds from the moors, Music Creator Project MCPCD001.
2006, From Whichford Hill, SLAMCD 323. George Haslam/Lol Coxhill/Richard Leigh Harris/Steve Kershaw.
2007, Separately & together, Emanem 4219. London Improvisers Orchestra/Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
2008, From Cafe Oto, Loose Torque LT018. Calling signals 08.
2008, Fine tuning, Amirani Records AMRN024. Duo with Enzo Rocco.
2010, Mathilde 253, SLAMCD 528. Charles Hayward/Han-earl Park/Ian Smith + Lol Coxhill.
2010, Lio Leo Leon, psi 11.04. London Improvisers Orchestra.
2010, Old signts, new sounds, Incus CD 61. Lol Coxhill/Alex Ward.
2010 The rock on the hill, nato 4099. Lol Coxhill/Barre Phillips/JT Bates.
2011, Sitting on your stairs, Emanem 5028. Lol Coxhill/MIchel Doneda.
2011, Just not cricket! Three days of British improvised music in Berlin, NI-VU-NI-CONNU nvnc-lp001/004. Tom Arthurs/Steve Beresford/Tony Bevan/Matthew Bourne/Gail Brand/Lol Coxhill/Rhodri Davies/John Edwards/Shabaka Hutchings/Dominic Lash/Phil Minton/Eddie Prévost/Orphy Robinson/Mark Sanders/Alex Ward/Trevor Watts.
2011, Improcherto (for HB), Iorram GN82. Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
various, Le Chronatoscaphe, Nato 574. Commemorative book/3CD package representing 25 years of nato and chabada.
?, Phantom city site anubis, Big Cak. Paul Schutze.
?, Frankfurter ahnung, Sonic Arts Network SAN 2005. Lol Coxhill on one track.

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