///NORMA WINSTONE – Edge of Time
  • DUSKCD108 Norma Winstone Edge of Time
  • Norma Winstone 1973
  • Norma Winstone late 60's



Artist:   Norma Winstone

Title:    Edge Of Time

File:     Jazz

Label:  Dusk Fire

Form:  CD Digipak

Cat:     DUSKCD108

Barc:   5 065001 032998

  • 12-page booklet with notes by Norma Winstone and images from her archive

“… this reissue captures perfectly the heady atmosphere of those early days … even at this early stage, her voice had its unique quality of intimate stillness…”

Dave Gelly, The Observer


“One of the truly outstanding albums of all time … this is an absolute must.”

John Wickes, Avant Magazine


“Norma Winstone has helped bring about a reappraisal of the term ‘jazz singer’.”

Alun Morgan, Jazz Journal


“Ms Winstone is a star.”

Richard Williams, Melody Maker


“Norma has the same technical facility as a virtuoso sax player … she is a genuinely inspired improviser.”

Derek Jewell, The Sunday Times


Track Listing

1 Edge Of Time 4:37
2 Perkins Landing 6:27
3 Enjoy This Day 10:22
4 Erebus (Son Of Chaos) 8:23
5 Songs For A Child 2:45
6 Shadows 7:48
7 Song Of Love 3:25



Product Description

In his definitive “Innovations In British Jazz (1960-1980)”, John Wickes cited Norma Winstone as ‘a performer who has long turned private rumination into reverberating eloquence,’ commending ‘Edge of Time’ with unbridled enthusiasm, for its:

“Magnificent lavish compositions and arrangements adding up to an album that above all extolled love as eternalised in the simple things so easily overlooked, and in the heightened sensual moment jazz celebrates.”   

Certainly ‘Edge of Time’ is an original: an extraordinary emotive rush counterpointed by balladry of simple pure stillness.

Voted top singer in Melody Maker’s 1971 Jazz Poll, Norma subsequently recorded this, her first album, to be released the following year on Decca’s Argo label.

Although she began her career in 1965 singing jazz standards, her exploration of the use of voice took Norma to experimentalism and the evolvement of a wordless approach to improvisation that she was to make distinctively her own.

Featuring the cream of modern British jazz talent including Kenny Wheeler, Paul Rutherford, Frank Ricotti, Tony Levin, Alan Skidmore, Henry Lowther, Art Themen, Gary Boyle, Chris Pyne, Chris Laurence, John Surman and John Taylor, ‘Edge of Time’ is to this day a startlingly original work not least in its deployment of her extraordinary vocal styling.

Norma continues to work at the forefront of British jazz and has been nominated three times in the BBC Jazz Awards for Best Vocalist. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2007 and in 2009 received the Skoda Jazz Ahead Award for her contribution to European Jazz.

Norma’s extensive session work takes in many of modern British jazz’s finest recordings including Neil Ardley’s ‘Symphony of Amaranths’ – also available in our shop here

Additional Information

Weight 0.100 kg



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