Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio – February 4th – Vortex

One of my favourite trios is playing at the Vortex in Dalston on Tuesday February 4th. Stephan is known best as the bassist in Vijay Iyer’s groundbreaking and original trio but plays regularly in his wife Jen Chapin’s trio. Stephan appears at the Vortex with his own Rosetta trio featuring the unique line up of […]

West Coast Coffee

This summer, I spent three weeks travelling down the West Coast to visit family and attend a family wedding. Of course I got to try a little coffee along the way. We travelled from Vancouver BC, down through Seattle and San Juan Island, Vancouver Washington and Portland Oregon to a week or so in Pasadena […]

Leuven – cycling centred thinking

Interesting and thoroughly enjoyable trip to Belgium. Fabulous cycle infrastructure, very few helmets used, generally friendly and courteous road users and also, interestingly, cyclists who generally obeyed traffic laws. The four day trip to Leuven courtesy of the province of Vlaams Brabant (Flemish Bramant) showed me how a city could accomodate cyclists, walkers and drivers […]

My Top Ten of 2011

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse Mind blowing debut from Stephen Bruner alias Thundercat. Part of the incredible scene around guys like Flying Lotus and Miguel Atwood Ferguson in LA at the cutting edge of jazz, hip-hop, electronic music, dance music and the avant-garde, The Golden Age of the Apocalypse features layers of melodic […]

Favourite Albums of 2010

In no particular order: Matt Stevens – Ghost Genius looped instrumental guitar tunes with intensity and humanity Vijay Iyer – Solo Quite brilliant. Completely absorbing individual music. Like no solo jazz piano you ever heard before. Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley – Slow Food Two great musicians improvising beautifully. They both happen to play bass […]

Recommended Santana Records

There are some Santana records that count amongst my very favourites (Lotus, Welcome, Caravanserai, Abraxas, Illuminations) and some that I wouldn’t recommend at all. I feel Carlos benefited greatly from having the right kind of creative personnel surrounding him and, from the 80s on, Santana was less likely to surround himself with musicians that pushed […]

Sibelius School Project

This has to have been the most successful schools music project I’ve been involved in. The Year 6 class at the school where I work were chosen to work with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a composition project that involved five classical musicians, a highly skilled workshop leader and thirty-eight ten and eleven […]

Steve Coleman gives music away

And why not! Steve Coleman has bravely made a large amount of his music available as free mp3s on his website. Not individual tracks or samples but whole CDs. He’s also including notes and personnel lists. You can also download Steve’s essays on music at the site and will be able to download scores of […]

Philwbass – NoTreble Contributor

I started doing some CD reviews for the NoTreble website. It’s an enjoyable exercise: I get to listen to some great music and try to improve my writing. NoTreble is a great resource for bassplayers: videos, lessons, reviews, news, interviews and articles about a wide spectrum of bassists. I was delighted when chosen for their […]