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Keeffe, Charlotte

Right Here, Right Now

Keeffe, Charlotte: Right Here, Right Now (Discus)

Collecting facets of London trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe's diverse settings and interests, including three live recordings with her own quartet, three recordings with London Improvisers Orchestra including a conduction for a piece dedicated to Steve Beresford, a duo with guitarist Diego Sampieri, and two solo recordings, one interacting with live electronics.

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UPC: 5051078986029

Label: Discus
Catalog ID: 107CD
Squidco Product Code: 31119

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Tracks 1, 4 and 8 recorded live at The Cockpit Theatre in London, Jazz In The Round, on March 25th, 2019, by Steve Lowe.

Track 2 recorded at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in 2016, by Roy Cheung.

Tracks 6 and 9 recorded live in 2019.

Track 7 recorded live in 2017, by Daniel James Ross.


Charlotte Keeffe-trumpet, flugelhorn, electronics

Moss Freed-guitar

Ben Handysides-drums

Ashley John Long-double bass

Diego Sampieri-guitar

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"Trumpeter Charlotte Keeffe's unique approach and passion for improvised, experimental and jazz music has seen her performing regularly across the UK and internationally as a soloist and as part of several ensembles, duos and trios. Her music has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM and Jazz FM and recent appearances with her quartet include Jazz In The Round and a sell-out performance at Lancaster Jazz Festival. Other recent highlights include being featured as a performer and composer/arranger on Sheffield-based Martin Archer's latest project, Anthropology Band, performances with Alex Ward's Item 4 and regular appearances and conductions with the London Improvisers Orchestra.

Inspired by the likes of Miles Davis and Polish artist Tomasz Stańko, Charlotte studied Jazz Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama before going on to become a scholarship recipient at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a Help Musicians UK Award Winner. With her Quartet, Charlotte explores the relationship between her compositions and experimental improvisation, producing a unique musical experience inspiring creative freedom of expression. Bassist Ashley John Long, drummer Ben Handysides and guitarist Moss Freed join Charlotte in this latest collaboration.

Charlotte is also a performer with The Brass Monkeys, Moss Freed's Union Division and Calum Gourlay's Big Band. She took part in the Summer Studios Artist Residency 2019 with drummer Andrew Lisle and bassist Otto Willberg in Andrew's trio project at The Sage, Gateshead. Charlotte played in Marin Alsop's Taki Concordia Orchestra at the World Economic Forum 2019 playing to world leaders and celebrities including Sir David Attenborough. She's performed at several music festivals including Brecon Jazz as part of Steve Waterman's Big Band, Glastonbury and Wilderness alongside Liane Carroll, Charlotte Church, Laura Mvula, Kate Nash, Camille O'Sullivan and Will Young."

-Charlotte Keeffe Website (

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"Moss Freed is a composer, guitarist and improviser. He studied music at the University of Edinburgh and Berklee College of Music (Boston), before completing a masters in composition at Goldsmiths College. He has received scholarships from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Bucher/Fraser Trust and the Berklee World Scholarship Tour. Moss has composed for Aisha Orazbayeva, Joseph Houston, Joshua Hyde, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, DriftEnsemble, Via Nova and several of his own projects, with broadcasts including BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM and BBC 6Music, and TV credits including BBC 1's The One Show.

Moss founded and runs Let Spin ('an electrifying live band whose grooves could wake the dead' Guardian) and Moss Project ('nothing short of breathtaking' All About Jazz), also performing as a guitarist with Counter's Creek, Arun Ghosh, and the Spike Orchestra, whose albums of John Zorn's music have been released on Tzadik. Performances include HCMF, the Barbican Centre, the Southbank Centre, Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Soho, and various European festivals.

Moss works as a teacher, examiner and workshop leader, and presents his research regularly. He is currently researching composition at the Universities of Hull and Huddersfield as a NECAH PhD scholar and lives in London."

-Moss Freed Website (

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Ben Handysides is a London based drummer and improviser. He has recorded with Nick Frater, A Sweet Niche, The Rosemary Works, The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra, Charlotte Keefe and Whelligan.

-Ben Handysides Twitter (

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"Ashley-John Long is a virtuoso bassist and composer active in a diverse range of musical idioms including Jazz and Improvisation, Session Music, Early and Contemporary Chamber Music, and as a Soloist. He graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with 1st Class Honors where he studied double bass with Dominic Seldis, Dudley Phillips, Nick Weldon and Paula Gardiner, and composition with Tim Raymond and Peter Reynolds.

Since graduation he has maintained a busy and varied freelance career which has taken in many strands. He has performed and recorded with some of the UK's leading Jazz musicians including Art Themen, Simon Spillett, Brandon Allen, Craig Millverton, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Geoff Eales, Damon Brown, Bobby Wellins, Osian Roberts, Steve Melling, as well as visiting artists including Scott Hamilton, Erin Dickens, Greg Abate and Daryl Sherman.

Ash has performed internationally as a soloist and has given premiers of numerous new works for solo bass, and toured in 2008 with French double bassist Louis-Michel Marion with a series of recitals featuring music by Xenakis, Bussotti, Scelsi and Barry Guy. Over 20 composers have written new works for him and has had performances broadcast on television and radio throughout the U.K and Europe..

A virtuoso improviser, Ash has developed a unique approach to the instrument creating innovative new performance techniques including methods of preparing the bass whilst performing and recording with some of the music's leading players, including Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Phillip Gibbs, Eugene Chadbourne, Rhodri Davies, Mark Wastell, Patrick Farmer, Paul Dunmall, Dominic Lash, Alex Ward, Bruce Coates, Paul Hession and Christian Munthe.

His work in the orchestral world has taken in everything from Gabrielli to Stockhausen and he has performed as principal double bass with various ensembles, as well as playing a great deal of chamber music and co-founding Ensemble Wreckhead with Adam Bell.

From 2012-14 he toured the world with Nofit State Circus' critically acclaimed show Bianco out of which grew his collaboration with Gareth Jones, resulting in the 'A Place to Start' EP by Fireproof Giant.

As a composer, Ash has carved a niche as a creator of innovative scores that balance fine detail with freedom and flexibility whilst retaining a strong melodic sense. Recent commissions have been acclaimed for their original and inventive writing including; Flux (2006) and Hevelspending (2010) for the Lunar Saxophone Quartet, Songs of the Night (2007) for Joel Garthwaite, and XAS (2008) for himself and Louis-Michel Marion and Dance Miniatures (2013) for the Syzygy Saxophone Quartet and Shelter (2015), an opera for Asking4it productions. His works are published by Staunch Music, Recital Music and Alto Publications.

He also works as an educator and has taught at The University of Glamorgan, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff University, County Wexford School of Music (Ireland) and MusicTime School (Milan, Italy) and also teaches Mini Bass projects for Gwent Music.

He was awarded a PhD scholarship by Cardiff University in 2015 where he is undertaking research into contemporary performance practice.

Ashley is a D'Addario Performing Artist and uses Zyex and Helicore bass strings."

-Ashley John Long Website (

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Diego Sampieri: "I am a musician and music educator based in Modena, Italy. After having earned a BMus in Jazz guitar at the Conservatorio A. Boito in Parma, Italy, I moved to the U.K. to complete a Master degree in Jazz studies at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama. I am now busy doing session work and writing my original music.

I first fell in love with the guitar when I saw a flamenco show in Cordoba, Andalusia. I started playing only a few years later, but I will always remember how mesmerized I was by the possibilities this beautiful instrument offers.

I learned how to play by copying what I heard in my favorite Rock and Blues records. I then formed my own band, wrote songs, took lessons and learned more about music.

I was particularly interested in jazz, a passion that led to my studies at the Parma conservatory. I had the chance to perform in local venues and abroad too, including the Worms Jazz & Joy Festival in Germany, in ensembles of every kind.

Finally, I was awarded a scholarship and a place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where I had the opportunity to study and perform with some of the best musicians in the country.

I won a competition at the Handel & Hendrix museum, and I was the first ever to play in Jimi's room after the hero himself."

-Diego Sampieri Website (

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track listing:

1. 1200 Photographs 4:24

2. OM 6:01

3. Mysterious Breath / This One's for the Bees... 5:07

4. Sweet, Corn 4:09

5. The Melody's in the Post 2:30

6. To Steve Beresford 8:37

7. Noizemaschin!! 5:04

8. A Horse Named Galaxy 3:54

9. Right Here, Right Now 8:32
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"This first release from the dynamic trumpet player features Charlotte Keeffe in a number of configurations recorded mainly live over the last three years. The four Quartet recordings on the disk find Charlotte in her group with guitar, bass and drums - the music is melodic, soaring, incisive jazz. By contrast, the tracks with the venerable London Improvisers Orchestra find Charlotte in a conduction mode, spontaneously creating structures and textures from this very large group of players. The solo and duo tracks on the record highlight Charlotte's love of live electronic transformation of her sound. Taken as a whole this collection sets out a varied musical stall for this exciting young player / composer."-Discus

"British trumpeter Charlotte Keefe expands her work in more ways than one. Moving from solo to duo to quartet to large ensemble she retains a strong identity. Her full-bodied, broad tone and stealthy phrasing are effective regardless of the changes in instrumentation and stimulus provided by her wide range of accompanists, and first and foremost Keefe shows notable strength of character as she runs the sonic and emotional gamut. Her harmonising with the steely vibrations of guitar and discreet yet penetrating drums and bass on '1200 Photographs' makes for a very impressive overture from which Keefe builds steadily, becoming intensely lyrical on several intimate laments, and uncompromisingly adventurous on 'NoizeMaschin!', where her amalgamations of agitated breath and scrambling tone make for an enticing timbral landscape.

Yet as much as Keefe and all her accompanists thrive on compositions in which the onus is on a kind of detailed finger-painting-voice-printing of sounds they also handle well situations which call for fewer notes and more largo lines, as is the case on the mysterioso atmosphere of the title track which sees the distinctively ashen and atomising vocals of Phil Minton and Maggie Nicols come forcefully into play."-Kevin Le Gendre, JazzWise

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