Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone have been at the forefront of the European Jazz scene collectively for the last 5 decades gaining admiration and reverence from all generations of musicians and fans. With the release of ‘Mirrors’, a suite of music composed by Kenny Wheeler set to poems by Stevie Smith, Lewis Carroll and W.B. Yeats, they are joined by the London Vocal Project, a 24 piece choir directed by the inimitable Pete Churchill. Featuring some of the most renowned and celebrated musicians in British Jazz including pianist Nikki Iles, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, bassist Steve Watts and drummer James Maddren, 'Mirrors' is vast in conception and world class in its execution. Available March 28, 2013 via Edition Records.
MARIUS NESET - BIRDS
Described by Norway’s national paper, Dagbladet, as ‘the most talented Norwegian saxophonist since Jan Garbarek in the 1960s’, Norwegian-born/Denmark-based saxophonist & composer Marius Neset, over the last 18 months, has become one of the most talked about musicians of his generation. As well as demonstrating exemplary technique and brilliant invention on both tenor and soprano saxes, he is a composer of intricate, compelling music, bustling with energy and virtuosity. With the release of ‘Golden Xplosion’, he has been praised throughout the international jazz press, receiving 4 and 5 star reviews for the album and his live shows. In spring 2013 Marius will release his new album ‘Birds’, a record showcasing the breadth of his musical vision and featuring the stellar line-up of pianist Ivo Neame, vibest Jim Hart, bassist Jasper Høiby and drummer Anton Eger . Not only does it demonstrate his further development as a performer and bandleader, it also reveals further evidence of his brilliance as an inspirational and inspired composer. Available February 18, 2013 via Edition Records.
ANDREW MCCORMACK TRIO - LIVE IN LONDON
Pianist Andrew McCormack and his newly formed trio, who have recently released a live digital album and videos from The 606 Club in London, will embark some dates in February next year. Described as a ‘breakthrough modern sounding album’, this trio is definitely one to watch over the coming months.
"The group build expectations with patience and precision, from quiet, dripping-water motifs propelled by soft mallet sounds that swell and recede, to folksy Mehldau-like themes that release flows of Jarrett-like inventiveness, or hip Cuban groovers". Guardian ~ Edition Records