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.
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.
Loz Speyer's Inner Space featuring Rachel Musson has gigs in London and Brighton. The recent CD on Leo Records (LR782) is called Life on the Edge, and you can find out more by visiting www.lozspeyer.com/innerspace
See Chris's Diary for more details
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. Recent gigs were in Leicester, Hastings, Wolverhampton and Fleece Jazz, Suffolk.
Cartoon (formerly the The Morph Trio), with Chris, Roger Turner and Newcastle based double bassist John Pope, played its first concerts in Newcastle. Subsequently the trio toured in Italy and recorded with Sergio Armaroli, Giancarlo Schiaffini and Walter Prati in December 2018.
‘Change of Meaning’ is the first CD release from Cartoon, and the 100th CD in the Confront Collectors Series. Featuring a complete live set recorded at The Bridge in Newcastle, and a 16 minute studio performance, the CD is an introduction to the trio in full interactive mode.
Available now from www.confrontrecordings.com
‘Trio plus Trio’ Sergio Armoroli Trio plus Cartoon is available now. It is on the Dodicilune label and can be bought direct at www.dodiciluneshop.it
Chris Biscoe endorses Brancher
mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds
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.
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.
100% of receipts will be donated to Refuge Against Domestic Violence.
The link to Bandcamp is
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.
100% of receipts to www.refuge.org.uk
See the three albums on Bandcamp
In 2022 Chris will be joining the Uncommon Orchestra in a performance of Mike Westbrook’s music at Ronnie Scott’s club.
You’ve probably noticed a shortage of live music the last few months. I certainly have, so November 19th is a big day in my music diary. In fact it’s the only day, and if you follow the link you will find full details of Music of Protest at the Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames.
When I recorded Then and Now, with Allison Neale, there were some tracks which didn’t make it onto the CD. I’m making some of these available for listening on this website. There are two Gerry Mulligan originals, Stand Still and Fall Out, plus alternate takes of four of the tunes from the CD.
Chris Biscoe & Tony Kofi
Allison Neale & Chris Biscoe
Following new lockdown regulations Music of Protest on November 19th at the Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames, with special guest Tony Kofi and arrangements by Kate Williams, Pete Hurt and me will no longer have a live audience but is likely to continue as a streamed only event. Check this link for updates.
On this site we have a quartet version of ‘Mendacity’ livestreamed from Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames, Surrey on November 19th 2020.
Kate Williams - piano and arranger
Chris Biscoe - alto sax
Conor Chaplin - bass
Jon Scott - drums
Chris Biscoe is part of Spherical Improvisation with Loz Speyer, Emily Shapiro and Marcio Mattos on this event which is from 15.00-16.00 on Thursday 27th May 2021.
Artist Gwendolyn Kassenaar and dancer Petra Hallerand work live in a shop window in Old Street, and improvised music will be streamed on Facebook and played through speakers at the shop.
View on Facebook: https://is.gd/Hrn4XG
Collage Arts presents live music at Karamel with LOCOMOTIVE, an evening with the music of Thelonious Monk…
Henry Lowther trumpet
Chris Biscoe alto saxophone, alto clarinet
Simon Picard tenor saxophone
Alcyona Mick piano
Dave Green double bass
Stu Butterfield drums
The band will play a selection of original compositions by the great pianist and composer.
Doors open at 7pm, and music starts at 8pm.
Please book a ticket in advance. A limited number of seats are available due to current social distancing restrictions. If these are lifted on 21st June, more tickets will be released in that week.
Karamel has a full fresh air ventilation system installed.
Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, Wood Green, N22 6UJ