I’m particularly proud of and excited about this new release…
Paul Dunmall has been extremely important for me, both as an influence and collaborator. Playing with him pretty regularly over the past few years has been a complete honour and joy, and recording this duo session with him was a real dream come true… I’ll admit to be being quite pleased with my own playing on this one too…
The duo is on Mark Wastell‘s wonderful label Confront, and featuring Paul’s gorgeous artwork on the cover, two tracks with Paul on tenor and one each on clarinet, flute and alto sax – please check it out!
Hugely looking forward to this! Somersaults – my trio with Toby Delius and Mark Sanders – has been one of my very favourite bands since we first started playing together, and over the past decade we’ve made two albums as well as playing a number of tours and festivals.
We’ll be playing 3 gigs, in Birmingham with very special guest Paul Dunmall, at the Vortex, and at the inaugural Two Ship festival in Hastings. We’ll also be recording with Dunmall, so keep an eye out for that!
Fire Hills has been out for a few months now, and has received a lot of really nice responses. I was really pleased to be interviewed for Freeness, the contemporary jazz programme on BBC Radio 3. Here is a selection of the reviews:
I’m really delighted to announce a new album coming in September, a double album of my trio and octet – eight new compositions and an incredible array of musicians! I’m really proud of this recording, I reckon it’s a bit of a breakthrough in my composing, and there’s some astonishing improvising from my bandmates
The trio features Tom Challenger on tenor sax, and Will Glaser on drums, and the octet is Alex Bonney & Kim Macari on trumpets, Jason Yarde on alto, George Crowley & Rachel Musson on tenors, Cath Roberts on baritone and Johnny Hunter on drums
‘Conduits’, my duo album with Cath Roberts, releases today! This album is very different to any other recording I’ve made, in that we recorded it in real time but not in the same place. It was recorded while playing together online, using an amazing piece of software called JackTrip, during one of the Covid lockdowns. I was extremely sceptical that this could work, but happily I was wrong…
I love playing with Cath – we’re also in a new band together called Spinningwork, album coming in September – so really pleased to have this out there. If you don’t know her incredible band Sloth racket you should. I’m really pleased to be on Relative Pitch, one of the most exciting labels in contemporary improvised music. It’s also the first album cover to feature a photograph by me, although there’s already another one on the way…
I had a really nice time chatting to Tom P for his ‘Call it Anything’ radio show on Routestock Radio. We covered a lot of different stuff – the bass players we talked about range from Jimmy Blanton to Petter Eldh, via Richard Davis, Fred Hopkins and John Edwards – and it wasn’t all about bass players… You can hear it here (the interview starts just after the half hour mark): https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioRouteStock/call-it-anything-with-tom-p-26/
I was delighted to be commissioned by Jazz South to compose a piece as part of their 2020 Radar series. Due to lockdowns and other complications it wasn’t filmed or streamed until now, but last night was the premier. The piece is for a trio with two wonderful horn players, Jason Yarde on alto and Nick Malcolm on trumpet. Here it is –
It’s release day for the 2nd album on my label, West Hill Records. Really proud of this one, in truly wonderful company. With Paul Dunmall on tenor, Percy Pursglove on trumpet, and Jeff Williams on drums
Paul and Jeff are both heroes of mine who it’s been a real honour to get to play with regularly, for years now – one of the best things about being involved in this music is that your heroes can become your friends and colleagues! They’ve both been really significant for Percy as well, and we’d often discussed that we really should get them together – despite being the same age and having loads in common musically they had never played before the tour this record was recorded during. The album is two long pieces from the 2nd gig of the tour, recorded live at Cafe Oto
After so many months without anything even approximating a gig, it’s been amazing to do a couple of streamed gigs for this year’s London Jazz Festival
I had the great joy of playing at the venue I’ve played the most regularly for years now – the Vortex – in the company of two of my favourite collaborators, Tom Challenger and Will Glaser. We played a set of my tunes, plus one each from Eric Dolphy and Johnny Dyani – you can watch it here:
I was also delighted to join Binker Golding and Steve Noble for a streamed, improvised set from Kings Place – that will be available for another week or so here, although you have to buy a ticket to view it – details here:
I’ve been playing in trio with Luis Vicente and Mark Sanders a fair bit the last few years, and it’s always a joy. Last year we had a really lovely time touring in Portugal, and while we were there recorded this album, which is just out on Spontaneous Tribute, a sort of sub-label of MultiKulti (the Polish label who released my first Quintet album).
I’m really delighted that it’s come out – I love playing in this group and hope to do much more…