Concerts and a recording in Italy with The Morph Trio, a reunion with Tony Kofi and Larry Bartley, CD release for the Wobbly Rail 5 soon, and more gigs for Two of a Mind.
Wobbly Rail Five, the band co-led by Chris and Pete Hurt will release its debut CD soon. The repertoire is mostly by Chris and Pete, with contributions from pianist Liam Noble and choice selections from the Thelonious Monk songbook.
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
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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 gigs are in Sheffield, Guildford and Market Harborough but others are in the pipeline.
In November 2018 the Profiles Quartet with Tony Kofi and Larry Bartley reformed with Dave Barry playing a repertoire associated with the great alto saxophonists.
The Mingus Profiles Sextet is playing in Sheffield next May with Tony, Larry, Kate Williams and Gary Willcox. Chris Batchelor guesting on trumpet.
The Morph trio, formed in Newcastle with Chris, Roger Turner and Newcastle based double bassist John Pope, is going international in December with gigs in Italy – Forli, Tarzo and Treviso – and a recording with Sergio Armaroli, Giancarlo Schiaffini and Walter Prati.
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 in 2019.