I’ve been planning – and playing with – several new live projects over the last year or so and it’s been a lot of fun! Getting back into the creative worlds of free improvisation, jazz and original music, I have been lucky enough to play with excellent players at some great events.
Mrs. Pilgrimm (aka Sophie Williams) writes beautifully crafted melodies for voice and cello and augments these with live drums and guitar (under the name of Mrs. Pilgrimm ‘…and her bits on the side’!). Largely improvised drum performance, this is a great opportunity for me to get more textural on the kit, using brushes, dish mops and all kinds of percussive effects in helping realise the tunes and also exploring the improvised links between them (the set is delivered as one long musical passage). Running parallel to this, I have been working on a fully improvised music ensemble with local chum Stewart Brackley on double bass and vocals: previously of kraut rockers Black Carrot and Pickled Egg Records’ Dragon or Emperor, Stew’ is an in-demand player covering all manner of styles from gypsy jazz with Swing Museum to Stooges-esque power trio, The Marinuccis. We recently saddled-up alongside Birmingham sax player Bruce Coates – who played several dates with us back in the Misterlee days – to perform at the Coventry Canal Basin (Tin Angel/Taylor Johns) as an improvising trio, and also featuring Damo Suzuki of Can on vocals. Really enjoyed the shows and hope to do more with all these line ups through the year. Here’s a taster of A, B & C:
Jazz Market H: A monthly residency at Louisa’s Place in Market Harborough, Leics. Playing modern jazz by the likes of John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.