Posted by Sid Smith on Apr 27, 2018

Keith Tippett, who made such decisive contributions to In The Wake Of Poseidon, Lizard and Islands, has suffered a heart attack and complications from pneumonia. The pianist, who is 71, is at home convalescing but is unable to work at all for the foreseeable future.

Friends of Tippett are rallying round to help and if you’ve enjoyed any of Keith’s work with King Crimson or any of his Fripp-produced albums such as September Energy and Blueprint your support for Keith would be timely and welcome.

There are two ways to help Keith.

Hazel Miller who runs Ogun Records, the label she co-founded with her husband, bassist Harry Miller, who also appeared on Islands, has made this appeal on behalf of Keith.

Dear Ogun Friends around the world,
I am pleased to say our friend, Keith Tippett has survived another heart attack and pneumonia but is now able to return home. His recovery however will mean that we shall be deprived of his wonderful music for at least another few months as he will not be able work.

Ogun records, to which Keith has contributed so much over the past decades has started a rescue fund to help the Tippett family over this difficult period.

Any contributions will be gratefully accepted and can be sent to: the Ogun PayPal a/c using the ogun email address:

I will ensure that it will be forwarded to Keith as soon as possible,
Many thanks for your help and consideration,

Hazel Miller
21st April 2018

Saxophonist and composer, Martin Archer, owner of the Discus Music label who recently released Tippett's The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon, posted this message on social media.

"I’ve just come off the phone from speaking to Keith Tippett. As you have probably seen elsewhere, Keith recently suffered a heart attack followed by some nasty complications. He’s back home and recovering, but it will take time.

You’ve probably also seen online that Keith’s friends Hazel Miller (Ogun) and Riccardo Bergerone wish to show their support for Keith via fundraising, which is fantastic news. You'll see the paypal account for this initiative elsewhere on FacebookB:

With Keith’s specific permission I’m adding Discus Music’s support to this initiative. Keith’s latest Octet release, "The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon" has now covered all of its costs - which means that 100% of any sales will benefit Keith directly and regularly.

A great way of showing your appreciation and solidarity with this major composer/improviser would be to support him by buying his CDs."

Available directly from Discus Music on CD or download

Buy The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon here

All proceeds go directly to Keith Tippett

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