Finally, parts of a reunion gig with Marcio Mattos and Mark Sanders have been documented on YouTube. 'Chris Biscoe at Flim Flam September 2019' will bring up the filmed extracts, though my favourite is by my unpronounceable doppelganger Chris Biscscoe. Excellent as this name is it pales beside the wonderful B Bifbo, a name which mysteriously appeared on a letter from the Musicians’ Union.
New collaboration by Way Out West members Chris Biscoe and Kate Williams brings together two outstanding improvisers in a quartet featuring original compositions by Chris and Kate, plus great standards and a few choice selections from the Bill Evans songbook. Rising star Flo Moore and ever inventive drummer Tristan Mailliot complete an exciting line-up. First gig at the Cadogan Hall during the EDF London Jazz Festival had an enthusiastic and responsive audience.
Mo Foster and Friends, featuring guitarist Ray Russell creates small band interpretations of some of the big band arrangements and compositions of Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs and Jaco Pastorius as well as originals by Mo and Ray. The band continues to play live, but the main focus at present is on completing a debut CD. This is now ready and due for release in early 2021.
Wobbly Rail 5
There’s a new release by the Wobbly Rail 5 featuring Chris Biscoe, Pete Hurt, Liam Noble, Steve Watts and Jon Scott. Recorded and mixed by Andy Cleyndert, it includes compositions by Chris, Pete, Liam and Thelonious Monk. The recording is available as a download only, produced by Chris Topley. The Wobbly Rail image is an original painting by Kate Westbrook, included as a free high-res download.
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Three more Bandcamp releases
There are also three older recordings by Chris released on Andy Cleyndert’s Trio label which are now available as downloads, again with all proceeds going to Refuge.
Gone in the Air, with Tony Kofi examines compositions by the great multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, as well as some of the tunes he played on recordings by other leaders. Live at Campus West, again with Tony, revisits some of the same material in more expansive, free interpretations, plus music by Monk and Mingus.
Profiles of Mingus combines iconic Charles Mingus compositions with solo improvisations to create a fresh portrait on the great bass-player, leader and composer. It features trumpet legend Henry Lowther and Kate Williams, 2020 winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for CD of the year.
Again, thanks to Chris Topley for producing the downloads and contributing to the fundraising effort.
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See the three albums on Bandcamp