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
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.
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
Wobbly Rail 5
There’s a recent 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
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.
Allison Neale & Chris Biscoe
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
Latest Gigs on the Diary page
In April 2022 Chris joined the Mike Westbrook Uncommon Orchestra for two sell-out performances of On Duke’s Birthday at Ronnie Scott’s Club. In the autumn the band performed The Westbrook Rossini in Italy and the UK.
New CD Music Is – Chris Biscoe Plays Mike Westbrook
TR607 released on Trio Records, distributed by Proper Distribution.
Downloads from Bandcamp.
CD on sale here
Release date November 25th 2022
Jazz in Reading - November 10th
See Diary page for details
Featuring Dave Whitford, Jon Scott, Mike Outram and Kate Williams, the record includes music from groups in which Chris Biscoe has performed with Mike and Kate Westbrook since 1979, including the Brass Band, The Cortege, On Duke’s Birthday and The Westbrook Trio. The concept is a simple one: interpret these songs as a small jazz group might treat music by Ellington, Monk or Gershwin, with the freedom to change tempo, key or time signature.
"Everything about 'Music Is: Chris Biscoe Plays Mike Westbrook' is near perfect: the simplicity of the concept, the choice of material, the uncluttered nature of the arrangements, the quality of the performances, the clarity of the recording. A little gem".
Chris May, All About Jazz
To find out more go to the band page
To purchase go to the CD page
Music Is - CD cover
Mick Sexton – 1943-2023
Mick Sexton has been one of the great constants of the London jazz scene, promoting concerts, playing guitar and bass, and supporting musicians young and old with his regular attendance at gigs.
Maureen, Mick’s wife and constant companion until her death, was a great frontwoman in their enterprises while Mick kept a lower but always encouraging profile.
I first met Mick and Maureen in 1974. They were promoting gigs in Basildon, and I was with Peter Jacobsen, who they helped for many years, and Trevor Taylor. Subsequently they were involved in many jazz promotions and clubs around London, and some in Belgium. When Way Out West was founded in 2004 Mick and Maureen took on the job of operating the door, welcoming the audience and keeping the ‘business’ turning over.
Mick was also an active member of Way Out West as bass-player and bandleader with his band Torus, featuring Gary Plumley or Mornington Lockett, Jonathan Gee and Trevor Taylor.
See the Diary for details of a memorial concert for Mick staged by Way Out West on September 29th
RIP Mick Sexton, a much missed friend and supporter. Condolences to his daughters Mags, Angie and Helen.