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 […]

The Bassists of Abba

Growing up when I did, Abba were inescapable. They were the mainstream soundtrack to the 1970s in many ways in the UK and elsewhere. I enjoyed their music very much and saw Abba: The Movie in the local cinema. In my later teens ‘pop’ became a dirty word and I moved on to the more […]

My Favourite Records of 2013

Sons of Kemet – All Will Surely Burn Righteously brilliant. You’ve heard nothing like it. Shabaka Hutchings’ sax, flute and clarinet along with two drummers and Oren Marshall’s marvellous tuba. It is jazz but hugely accessible and uncompromising at the same time: echoes of everything from Pharoah Sanders to klezmer clarinet to dancehall to dubstep […]

My 2012

What a great year 2012 has been. Highlights for me have included my music residency at Notes Covent Garden which has allowed me to develop a new playing opportunity with Maciek Pysz and Demi Garcia Sabat as well as appearances from Mike Outram, Alam Nathoo and Simon Roth. The gigs with Delicatessen have all been tremendous, […]

My favourite Records of 2012

Hmmmm…the time of year for favourites…I’ve chosen a dozen, plus a few. It’s been a great year; not so many records sent for me to review so more what I’ve discovered myself through recommendations – the lifeblood of music discovery – hence this top twelve list!   Donny McCaslin – Casting for Shadows First on […]