Debut recordings by the Wobbly Rail Five, The Morph Trio and the Dave Jones Nonet, a reunion with Tony Kofi and Larry Bartley, more gigs for Two of a Mind and a concert with The Westbrook Blake.
Wobbly Rail Five, the band co-led by Chris and Pete Hurt is on track with gigs in Cheltenham and Birmingham. The repertoire is mostly by Chris and Pete, with contributions from pianist Liam Noble and choice selections from the Thelonious Monk songbook. A CD release is due soon.
Loz Speyer's Inner Space featuring Rachel Musson has a new release on Leo Records (LR782) called Life on the Edge, and you can find out more by visiting www.lozspeyer.com/innerspace
A trio gig in Newcastle with Chris, Roger Turner and bassist John Pope was recorded and will be released on the Confront label later this year. The band now has a name - Morphology, and is playing in Italy towards the end of the year.
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The Dave Jones Nonet featuring Henry Lowther and John Turville has been in the studio. More news on this shortly.
Two of a Mind with alto saxophonist Allison Neale and Chris on baritone sax is based on the freewheeling, wonderfully melodic interpretations of standard material recorded 50 years ago by Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond on Blues in Time and Two of a Mind. Then and Now, the band’s debut album on Trio Records, includes some tracks using arrangements from those original recordings, as well as new compositions and arrangements by Chris and Allison. In live performances Chris now features alto clarinet as well as baritone sax. Next confirmed gig is for Sheffield Jazz but others are in the pipeline.
Blythe Spirits with Chris Batchelor, Gary Willcox and Steve Watts looks at improvising on the music of Arthur Blythe, Ornette Coleman, Fats Waller and Monk as well as some compositions from within the band. Look out for gigs later in the year.
A reunion with Tony Kofi and Larry Bartley of the Profiles quartet is happening in November. Joined by Dave Barry on drums, the band incorporates some of the original Eric Dolphy repertoire into a celebration of the great jazz alto saxophonists.
Finally, Chris is appearing with ‘Glad Day’ - The Westbrook Blake in Bournemouth on October 6th.