Had enough of the Great American Songbook? Get away from it all with British Standard Time, including songs by Gilbert and Sulllivan, Ivor Novello, Noel Coward, Anthony Newley and Anon. A Rolls Royce rhythm section races BSA Twins Alan Barnes and Chris Biscoe to a thrilling finish.
CHRIS BISCOE – saxes, alto clarinet ALAN BARNES – saxes, clarinet JOHN HORLER – piano DAVE GREEN - double bass DAVE BARRY – drums
CHRIS BISCOE - saxes; alto clarinet
Chris Leads two other bands: The Chris Biscoe Band featuring Liam Noble and Pete Hurt, and Biscoe/Edwards/Marsh plus, which performs with guests such as Evan Parker and Ingrid Laubrock. Since his first recording with Ben Sidran, Chris has worked with Chris McGregor, Kenny Wheeler, Andy Sheppard, Andrew Hill, Dewey Redman, The Dedication Orchestra, Peter Jacobsen and Didier Levallet, appearing as a featured soloist on more than 30 recordings. Currently he can be heard with Harry Beckett, Mingus Moves, Full Monte, Mike Westbrook and Don Weller’s Electric Octet. Recent major tours have seen him featured in the big bands of George Russell and Hermeto Pascoal.
ALAN BARNES – saxes, clarinet
A perennial poll-winner since being voted Jazz Express musician of the year in 1992 and top alto player in the British Jazz Awards in 1993, Alan remains one of the UK’s most popular jazz musicians, taking top spot yet again in the 2006 BBC Jazz Awards as Best Instrumentalist. His many bands include the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet, Bruce Adams-Alan Barnes Quintet, Midnight Follies orchestra, A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley, The Sherlock Holmes Suite, The Horace Silver Tribute (CD – Yeah) and A Tribute to Cannonball Adderley. Alan also partnered Chris Biscoe in the Mike Westbrook Orchestra
Alan’s most recent record is Blessing in Disguise.
DAVE HORLER – piano
Dave comes from a distinguished musical family, including father Ronnie Horler (trumpet) and Dave Horler (trombone). He’s played with many American stars: Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer, and the cream of the British jazz scene, including Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Ronnie Ross and Tony Coe. Records include sessions with Acoustic Triangle, Kenny Wheeler and Peter King, and his own trio records: Lost Keys and Sorry it’s been so long.
DAVE GREEN - double bass
The doyen of British bass players, Daves has worked with all the UK’s most important jazz musicians, including Stan Tracey, Tubby Hayes and Humphrey Lyttleton, as well as major foreign artists such as Lee Konitz. Recently heard with the Charlie Watts Band. Listen to his trio with Iain Dixon and Gene Calderazzo.
DAVE BARRY – drums
Dave has great dynamic range and is equally at home in small or big band. Like Chris Biscoe he was a long time associate of Pete Jacobsen, and he also played with Chris on two of Mike Westbrook’s most highly regarded records: The Westbrook Blake and The Cortege. Dave has been playing in Don Weller’s band for several years and is also working with Renato d’Aiello.