Trumpeter Nik Malcom leads his quartet with pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Whitlam on a series of compositions that provide frameworks for excellent free playing.
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Catalog ID: FMR 334-0412
Squidco Product Code: 16408
Country: Great Britain
Recorded on August 25th & 26th, 2011 at Radley School Oxfordshire by Alex Bonney.
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1. Glimmers 9:50
2. Multifarious 6:56
3. Call Off Christmas 3:33
4. Tie Your Laces 9:05
5. Lehman Brothers + Pak Choi 10:49
6. Mr Carr 7:11
7. Green Eyes 6:21
8. The Three Little Words (Om Tat Sat) 7:30
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
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"Led by trumpeter Nik Malcom this cd is a combination of free improv and composed pieces Talking about the band Nik said 'although the band is only about a year and 4 months old, I've been playing with them all for quite a few years now. They're close friends and we've done a fair bit of learning and developing together and they're just an amazing bunch of musicians. I think what's so special about them is that they're very distinctive musical personalities rather than just being great musicians. That's something that is really important to me – I really want the way those personalities interact with each other through improvising to come out in the music.'"-FMR
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"Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is 'unlike anything else in modern creative music' (Ni Kantu) and whose recent work has reached a 'dazzling new apex' (Downbeat). A largely self-taught improviser, he works in a vast array of creative contexts. His own highly distinctive soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both his love of free improvisation and profound fascination with composition and structure. In 2012, he was chosen as a member of the first edition of the London Symphony Orchestra's 'Soundhub' scheme for young composers. He also received a major BBC commission in late 2012 for a fifty minute composition: One Tree Found was first performed and broadcast in March 2013, and was subsequently performed and broadcast for the WDR in Cologne (2014). He has also twice been commissioned by the London Jazz Festival (once as composer, once as an arranger), and by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016).
An in-demand sideman, Hawkins continues to be heard live and on record with vast array of contemporary leaders of all generations, including the likes of Evan Parker, John Surman, Joe McPhee, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Marshall Allen, Rob Mazurek, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Harris Eisenstadt, amongst many others. He has also been noted in recent years for his performances in the bands of legendary South African drummer, Louis Moholo-Moholo. Concert appearances have taken him to club, concert and festival stages worldwide."-Alexander Hawkins Website (http://www.alexanderhawkinsmusic.com/biographyimages.html)
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