Autumn updates

I really must be more regular with these blog entries...Believe it or not, my life hasn't been in total suspended animation since April but I don't think there's any danger of daily tweets yet! Anyway, here are a few selected highlights:

I've been pushing the trio CD and am really glad with the positive critical response. Reviews from Jazz UK, Vortex CD Reviews, Sid Smith's Postcards blog and Jazzwise magazine in September have all been a great encouragement. Getting a good Jazzwise review felt in some ways like another milestone and an official welcome, this time from the jazz press establishment, so I'm really pleased with that. Julian Joseph also played a track on his Radio 3 Jazz Line Up show ahead of the Vortex gig in August and all this served to bolster my confidence for what turned out to be a very special gig. A lot of our supporters came and there was some great music from Will Butterworth and Dylan Howe too, playing arrangements of Stravinsky! Chris Parker reviewed the evening very favourably (see link).

Over the last few months I've also been working hard on the final stages of an interesting project by Kairos Ensemble. It's a jazz suite I composed based on the Passion of Christ and we'll be touring it next Easter. The album has now been completed and everything was sent to the factory last week...hooray! I'm wearing the producer's hat for this project and, despite the finishing process adding a few years on me, I'm really pleased at the way it has shaped up. I'm confident it will prove worthy of all the effort. It will also be put out on the Mulberry Tree Music label - official release date next Feb but copies may be available through the Kairos site before then.

With the trio, I've been blitzing venues for a tour early next year - end of Feb/early March. As I write, the 606 has inked in 2nd March and I'll keep this site posted about others around that time as they're confirmed...

I've been enjoying checking out some new music and my favourite recommendations would include the Jef Neve Trio, Nobody Is Illegal. I just love this album! Full of verve and melodies and unexpected turns...By musical contrast, I also caught the Tord Gustavsen Ensemble in Oxford. I thought his use of space, pacing and sometimes whispering dynamics was also completely engaging and inspirational.