Friday 15 February. 20:00 – 22:30.
At Crookes Social Club
Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.
Advance tickets available from buy.sivtickets.com/sheffieldjazz at the same net price as on the door.
Chris Biscoe: baritone sax and bass clarinet; Allison Neale: alto sax; Jeremy Brown: bass; Matt Fishwick: drums
Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind, this band evokes the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free rein to the personalities of the musicians. Arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records are featured. The band also features their arrangements of other standards as well as new standards-based compositions by Chris Biscoe.
Multi-instrumentalist Chris Biscoe has been featured on baritone sax with the big bands of Hermeto Pascoal, Tony Kinsey, Graham Collier and the New York Composers Orchestra, as well as in various Mike Westbrook Bands and John Williams’ Baritone Band. Chris has released two CDs with Tony Kofi, and Profiles of Mingus with Henry Lowther.
American-born altoist Allison Neale’s beautifully crafted lines evoke the spirit of Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she has a particular affinity. She has performed with Adelaide Hall, Bud Shank and Scott Hamilton, as well as featuring in the John Dankworth Generations Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. Her latest CD is I Wished on the Moon (Trio tr593).
One of the most sought-after bass players on the UK scene, Jeremy Brown has worked with Peter King, Phil Woods, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Anita Wardell, Curtis Stigers and Kate Williams.
Matt Fishwick is one of the first-call drummers in London. He was born in Manchester along with his identical twin brother, trumpet player Steve Fishwick, in 1976. In 1994 Matt left Manchester to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Here Matt had the opportunity to work with many other great musicians on the London scene including Mike Carr, Dave Cliff, Jim Mullen etc. as well as visiting Americans such as Scott Hamilton, Kenny Davern, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Ken Peplowski, and many others. From 2004 to 2009 Matt lived in New York, playing and working with many great musicians before returning to London where he leads his own quartet and co-leads a band with Steve Fishwick.
Dave Gelly, The Observer, Sunday 19 March 2017/The Guardian ****
“Two saxophonists, Chris Biscoe and Allison Neale, revisit the music of Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond. The baritone-and-alto interplay of this classic late 50s-early 60s partnership had the rare distinction of being both clever and tuneful, with touches of wit. The trouble was, they only made two albums together. Now, with perfect rapport, and a positively uncanny grasp of this elusive idiom, Biscoe and Neale have come up with more, including two Biscoe originals. The playing is immaculate, with the beautifully light but firm support by bassist Jeremy Brown and drummer Stu Butterfield. It all sounds bright, sharp and, well, modern.”
Jazzwise June 2017 – review by Peter Vacher Recommended ****
“…small in scale perhaps, theirs is music that reaches the parts that other forms, more brash perhaps, simply don’t.”
Richard Williams – The Blue Moment, June 2017: Chris Biscoe / Allison Neale: Then and Now (Trio).
“One of the unsung heroes of British jazz since his arrival as a promising saxophonist with NYJO in the early ’70s, Biscoe sticks to the baritone instrument on this release, joined by Neale’s alto saxophone as they explore the mood of the albums Gerry Mulligan made with Paul Desmond in the late ’50s and early ’60s……the approach is deceptively relaxed: this music may not bear the burden of innovation but it demands high standards of execution and integrity. The intricate improvised counterpoint on “The Way You Look Tonight” refracts Mulligan/Desmond through the Tristano prism.”