Next up in my continuing series of jazz artists and groups deserving wider recognition is a great ensemble from that recorded from the mid 1970's through the early 2000s and was made up of some the best English and European jazz musicians: The United Jazz + Rock Ensemble
What made the UJ+RE unique was the way each group member was able to put aside their ego and work completely within the "group" concept. Various members provided the first rate compositions and arrangements that were the hallmark of this remarkable ensemble. Add in the fact that the playing was as good as, if not better than, the compositions and one begins to understand why the UJ+RE had and continues to have so many diehard fans.
I don't know how much of their music is available today since all of my copies of their records (yes, I have several of their LPs) and CD were bought many years ago but trust me, their music is well worth seeking out.
Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Jazz_%2B_Rock_Ensemble
Some cover art:
And some music:
As always: Enjoy!