Our Next Concert (1)

8pm, Saturday 8th September 2018


TWO OF A MIND

with

CHRIS BISCOE and ALLISON NEALE

and 

DAVE WARREN, DAVE WHITFORD and MATT FISHWICK


Exploring afresh the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded fifty years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues In Time and Two Of A Mind, this new band promises to evoke the spirit of these classic recordings while giving free rein to the personalities of the musicians.

The Mulligan and Desmond recordings were by a quartet of baritone and alto sax, bass and drums. CD re-releases included some tracks with guitar added.

Arrangements drawn from the original Desmond/Mulligan records are featured, including StardustStandstillAll The Things You AreEasy LivingLoverThe Way You Look Tonight and Blight Of The Fumble Bee. We also feature our arrangements of How Deep Is The Ocean and Indian Summer, as well as two new standards based compositions by Chris Biscoe, Then And Now and Rest Easy (based on What's New and Star Eyes.).


CHRIS BISCOE   BARITONE SAXOPHONE

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.


ALLISON NEALE   ALTO SAXOPHONE

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). 


DAVE WARREN   GUITAR

Dave studied with Bucky Pizzarelli and Rufus Reid and was a prizewinner at the Euro International Jazz Contest. His many credits include work with Renato D'Aiello, Matt Wates, Georgia Mancio, Allison Neale, Dave Cliff and Nikki Iles.


DAVE WHITFORD   BASS

One of the most sought after bass players on the UK scene, Dave's many credits include Steve Lacy, John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Chris Cheek and Kirk Lightsey. Currently Dave plays with Josephine Davies' OTree Trio, the Liam Noble Trio and Quintet, Christine Tobin.


MATT FISHWICK   DRUMS

Matt Fishwick brings his subtle and dynamic playing to bands with Steve Fishwick and Osian Roberts and has played in the UK and USA with Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Jim Mullen, Warren Vache, Cedar Walton, John Colliani, Anita O'Day and many others.



SOME REVIEWS

"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 .... It all sounds bright, sharp and, well, modern."

Dave Gelly, The Observer, Sunday 19 March 2017/The Guardian ****


"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 '60 ... 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."

Richard Williams - The Blue Moment, June 2017 


"...small in scale perhaps, theirs is music that reaches the parts that other forms, more brash perhaps, simply don't."

Jazzwise June 2017 - review by Peter Vacher Recommended ****




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