Borrowing from Elvin Jones' concepts, drummer Bianco's band uses 2 saxophones (Mike Fletcher and Mark Hanslip), bass (Colin Somervell) and drums, for energetic and ecstatic jazz compositions creating a continual pulse with long lines and looped synchronicity.
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Catalog ID: FMRCD368
Squidco Product Code: 19745
Country: Great Britain
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Mike Fletcher-alto saxophone, flute
Mark Hanslip-tenor saxophone
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1. Ninja 7:00
2. Gopi Dance 11:24
3. Jonah 8:47
4. Utoma 8:51
5. Goodbye My Fellow Soldier 5:56
6. Sea 8:24
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
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"It's funny how life seems to go around in circles, it's the ways of nature, living on a globe floating through space. A few years ago I was giving a workshop at Birmingham Conservatoir and there as students were both Mike Fletcher and Mark Hanslip. They were exceptional students back then that turned into for- midable musicians now. Along with Colin Somervell another formidable alumni of the Conservato ir we have the "Utoma Quartet".
My concept for this line up of 2 saxophones, bass and drums came from my favorite drum hero Elvin Jones. I really dug that band he had with Grossman and Liebman. My writing on this CD is an extention of my ideas I had on the CD's " Monkey Dance" and " Freebeat" (both released on FMR) and other recordings "In a Western Sense" and most recent "Inti". In these recordings my concept is to have a continual pulse or dance... it may feel like many time signatures but it's to bring a pulse into what maybe called free improvisation. Bringing no time to time and time to no time. In each piece the head sets up a different direction with this concept. The difference between this and my other recordings is there are no chords so there's more freedom in the improv.
Mark and Mike compliment each other. Mark's intellect and Mike's heart influencing each other while Colin holds it together through a drum hurricane while feet tap... something like that. The great thing about a band like this, besides the recording, is that we can move in any direction, being more than competent in any idiom. The word "Utoma" is a primal sounding name, actually one of the names of Vishnu. I changed the spelling a bit so as not to offend. The primeval or the ancient is where I believe The Drum lives"-Tony Bianco, from the liner notes
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"Tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip emerged as a key player on the London jazz scene in the mid-2000s, rehearsing, touring and recording with groups such as Outhouse, Nostalgia 77, Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet and TOM-MIX (featuring the late drummer Tony Marsh), working with major figures including Steve Lacy, Kenny Wheeler and Bob Brookmeyer (as a regular member of Hans Koller's large ensembles) and freelancing with pop bands.
Now based in Manchester, he currently plays with HTrio, folk-jazz group Twelves, drummer/composer Johnny Hunter's group, and as part of the north's rich improvised music scene with Andrew Cheetham, Phils Morton and Marks, Stephen Grew and Otto Willberg."-Mark Hanslip Website (http://markhanslip.blogspot.com/p/biography.html)
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