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.
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 with Fleece Jazz, Suffolk, coming up next.
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.
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.