Having dazzled jazz festival stages with his high-octane House Of Legends set for the last two years, leading British saxophonist Courtney Pine is set to get back to basics for his 16th solo album in a new duo project and extensive UK tour with acclaimed British-Bengali pianist Zoe Rahman.

The pair previously worked together on Pine’s 2011 Europa album and tour – which also saw Pine exclusively play bass clarinet – which he also uses throughout Song (The Ballad Book) their forthcoming album released on 23 February on Destin-E Records.

Speaking about the album, Pine commented:
"I have always wanted to record a collection of my favourite ballads and there is nothing like performing in a duet format for bringing out the intimacy of great songs.”

The duo set out on an extensive UK tour (with special festival appearance also to be confirmed) and will be playing at the following venues: Turner Sims, Southampton (20 Feb); Jazz For Labour, Barbican, London (27 Feb); St Mary’s Church, Kent (13 Mar); St George’s, Brighton (14 Mar); Kings Place, London (19 Mar); RNCM, Manchester (22 Mar); St Georges Hall, Bristol (9 Apr); St Mary’s in The Castle, Hastings (10 Apr); The Stables, Wavendon (22 Apr); Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland (2 May); Woodend Barn Arts Centre, Banchory, Scotland (3 May); Town Hall, Middlesbrough (4 May); Arts Centre, Pocklington (5 May); Brewery Arts Theatre, Kendel (6 May); Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden (16 May); Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (26 May); Key Theatre, Dunfermline (12 June); and Opera House, Jersey (31 Jul).

See the March issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Courtney Pine about the album.

– Mike Flynn

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Acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader Alex Garnett (above centre) is set to release his second solo album, Andromeda, on Whirlwind Recordings on 26 January 2015, with its official launch on 16 January at the 606 Club, Chelsea as part of an extensive UK tour. The follow up to his widely-praised 2011 solo debut, Serpent, the forthcoming album also features Garnett’s new Bunch of 5 band that includes the fiery hard-bop inspired US tenorist Tim Armacost alongside a powerful rhythm section of pianist Liam Noble, bassist Michael Janisch and drummer James Maddren.

With a reputation as a fearsome soloist on his weekly appearances with the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars band, Garnett is also widely respected as a session musician and sideman who’s worked with
Wynton Marsalis, Pete King, Scott Hamilton and Van Morrison. With Andromeda Garnett and Armacost very much capture the energy and excitement of classic twin-tenor frontlines of the past with the pair sparking off one another on many incendiary solos. The original material on the album is inspired by a variety of sources, including Garnett witnessing a life-changing Benny Golson gig in the 1990s, his interest in astronomy, the demands of fatherhood and his long-standing love of comedy – all combining to create a fresh take on the timeless hard-bop sound.  

Jazzwise is pleased to exclusively offer a track from the new album to download free – a burning take on the classic Irving Berlin song ‘I’ve Got To Keep My Love Warm’

Click here to download the track as a high-quality WAV file

Garnett and his band set out on a UK tour in early 2015, playing the following dates:
Fleece Jazz @ Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Colchester, Essex (9 Jan); Herts Jazz @ Campus West, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City (18 Jan); *Official Album launch venue* 606 Club, 90 Lots Rd, Chelsea, London (19 Jan); Dempseys, Upper Kincraig St, Cardiff, Wales (20 Jan); St James Social Club, Swansea Jazzland, St James Crescent, Uplands, Swansea (21 Jan); The Coronation Tap, 8 Sion Place, Clifton, Bristol (22 Jan); Wakefield Jazz Club, Eastmoor Rd, Wakefield (23 Jan); The Cube Deda, Chapel St, Derby (6 Feb); and The Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading (2 April).

See the video of ‘Her Tears’ below and click here to pre-order the album from the Whirlwind Recordings website


Acclaimed Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset returns with a new album, Pinball, on 2 February 2015 on ACT, his second for the label following his debut recording Lion with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in April 2014. The band on the album is similar to the one featured on Birds, his second album on Edition Records that received several five star reviews, with Pinball featuring British musicians Ivo Neame and Jim Hart, alongside a Swedish rhythm section of Phronesis drummer Anton Eger and bassist Petter Eldh, plus additional musicians including the saxophonist’s talented sister Ingrid Neset on flute, cellist Andreas Brantelid and violinist Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen.

Neset’s masterful use of rhythm features prominently on the Loose Tubes-esque material that contrasts the piano and vibes with the strings and flute on playful yet complex tunes, matched also by his incendiary sax work. Neset follows the album release with a series of UK dates: Purcell Room, London (18 Mar); Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton (19 Mar); Crucible Studio, Sheffield (9 Apr); CBSO, Birmingham (10 Apr); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham (15 Apr); Seven Arts Centre, Leeds (16 Apr) and The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool (17 Apr). See the February 2015 issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Neset about the album.

– Mike Flynn

For more info go to www.actmusic.com

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Songs-for-QuintetThe poignant final album from revered trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, who died on 8 September, Songs For Quintet is set for release on ECM Records on 12 January 2015 – just in time for what would have been his 85th birthday on 14 January.

Recorded in December 2013 at London’s Abbey Road studios, and produced by Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake, the album features regular Wheeler collaborators saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, guitarist John Parricelli, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Martin France. Fittingly it marks Wheeler’s return to the label that released some of his most cherished recordings including Gnu High, Deer Wan and Angel Song. Due to ill health the sessions for Songs For Quintet were the last time Wheeler was able to play with other musicians and as such he couldn’t perform as part of a planned celebratory gig after the recording.

From early listens the album showcases Wheeler’s impeccable compositions that always match strong melodies with intriguingly inventive structures – all of which is devoured by the vastly experienced band. Wheeler, playing flugelhorn throughout, sounds strong on material that’s surprisingly uptempo and driving, although solo duties often fall to Sulzmann and Parricelli. The compositions are drawn from Wheeler’s recent past and include a fresh approach to ‘Old Time’ (an Azimuth trio favourite) alongside a new take on ‘Nonetheless’, a piece first heard on Angel Song.

Other tracks include ‘
How It Was Then’ (another Azimuth piece from 1994), an aptly titled waltz-time piece ’A Pretty Liddle Waltz’, the tango-fuelled ‘Sly Eyes’, the intricate yet flowing ‘Jigsaw’, and ‘Canter No. 1’, which is a bass feature for Laurence before giving way to a powerful Sulzmann solo. See the February 2015 issue of Jazzwise for an exclusive interview with Stan Sulzmann talking about the recording of the album.

– Mike Flynn

– Photo by Tim Dickeson


For more info go to www.ecmrecords.com

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