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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

CD/Digital Reviews: Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet - Live at Campus West & Chris Biscoe - Wobbly Rail Five

Chris Biscoe Profiles Quartet: Chris Biscoe (alto sax/alto clarinet); Tony Kofi (alto/tenor sax); Larry Bartley (bass); Stu Butterfield (drums). 2011.

Chris Biscoe has released two cracking albums. One is brand new and one a reissue from 2011. The new album is only available on a digital download, the reissue is available on both digital and CD.

Biscoe, a player sometimes undeservedly overlooked, is outstanding on both alto and soprano. sax and the rarely heard alto clarinet. He can switch from the flowing lines of Cannonball Adderley to the fragmented grittiness of Ornette Coleman or Eric Dolphy. Indeed the older album is very much in the Dolphy vein with four of his tunes, plus a couple from Mingus, one from Monk and a Biscoe original. Kofi too excels sometimes on tenor as opposed to his more usual alto. Sound support from Bartley and Butterfield.

Wobbly Rail  Five: Chris Biscoe (alto/soprano sax/alto clarinet); Pete Hurt (tenor/soprano sax); Liam Noble (piano); Steve Watts (bass); Jon Scott (drums). 2020.

As well as Biscoe, the strangely named Wobbly Rail Five has some full-bodied tenor from Pete Hurt, fine piano from Liam Noble and effective bass and drums from Watts and Scott.

The sounds are contemporary without being beyond comprehension and both albums are well worth checking out on  

As a further incentive, 50% of all sales will be donated to the charity "Refuge Against Domestic Violence".

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