CD on Trio Records and gigs with Allison Neale, more French Festivals with Didier Levallet, new CD with Inner Space, Blythe Spirits and improvisations with Roger Turner.
Allison Neale & Chris Biscoe
Then and Now 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. We call the band Two of a Mind in tribute to Mulligan and Desmond and this debut album includes some tracks using arrangements from those original recordings, as well as new compositions and arrangements by Chris and Allison. In live performances we are starting to incorporate alto clarinet and flute into the improvisations.
Then and Now is distributed by Proper Distribution and also available through the Trio Records website. Excellent reviews have been coming in and are being matched by an increasing number of gigs around the country. Lincoln, Reading, Welwyn, Chichester and London are confirmed so far. For full information click on the CD image or go to the Two of a Mind page.
In January Didier Levallet’s new 10 piece band The Brotherhood Heritage dedicated to the music of Chris McGregor and musicians from the Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath played its first festival gig outside France. In 2017 and 2018 several other festival appearances are being discussed, confirmed dates so far are Crest, Malakoff (Paris), Perpignan and Laon.
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
Blythe Spirits is a result of workshops between Chris Biscoe and Gary Willcox, also involving Chris Batchelor, and looks at improvising on the music of Arthur Blythe, Albert Ayler, Noel Coward, Ornette Coleman and others, as well as some composing from within the band. Quartet completed by Oli Hayhurst.
Finally, Chris is working with Roger Turner in Newcastle in December, where they will renew their partnership with bassist John Pope.
See Chris's Diary for more details