Thursday, 18 November 2010

Recent Live Recordings + Album Previews


Duo with Tony Bianco @ Delbury Hall 25/08/10



Mike Hurley/Mark Hanslip/Mark Sanders @ North London Tavern, 23/01/11


Neil Metcalfe/Olie Brice/Mark Hanslip/Javier Carmona @ Flim Flam, 28/07/10



not really recent, but for posterity's sake, Tom-Mix (with Olie Brice + Tony Marsh) @ Vortex Jazz Club, 18/02/10


and.. the duo CD with Javier Carmona is due out on Babel in late February 2011.. more about this soon, but in the meantime here's a track from it:


..and.. the new Twelves (formerly Twelves Trio, now a quartet with the lovely Rob Updegraff on guitar) CD has just arrived, due to be released, also on Babel, in January, here's a track from it called "Eyeballing":

Monday, 2 August 2010

NEWS

A couple of bits of news.............  the duo CD with Javier Carmona is now mixed and ready to be flung in the direction of those who may want to release it (suggestions/offers most welcome) ---------- and I'm very excited to be getting together with legendary drummer Tony Bianco for 3 days of playing and rehearsing later this month..... Tony is one of the great voices in improvised music/free jazz today and playing with him has long been something I've wanted to do, well chuffed.... first though, back to work

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Duo Recording with Javier Carmona

Went into Snap Studios in Hornsey last wednesday (09/06/10) with drummer/percussionist Javier Carmona - we've been playing duo very regularly for over 2 years now, and thought it was time to make our first document of  it.  The music's completely improvised,  and we've hardly ever even discussed approaching pieces in a certain way beyond setting a vague guideline for duration, so we recorded in much the same way (although we did play a Steve Lacy tune, Deadline, at one point) and ended up with loads of material, way more than we need for a CD.... so now the work starts, editing it into something coherent... it's starting to take shape and I really like the outcome. 
Snap is a great new studio too, recommended by Ben Lamdin (of Nostalgia 77), who recorded the session. I've put a link to it in the Linkagers section at the bottom right of the page. Nice-sounding and -sized room, great mics and desk and a Bosendorfer grand piano. 
Will upload some bits soon!

Jonathan Bratoeff Tour Highlights

In May Jonathan Bratoeff's Quartet - Jonathan on guitar and compositions, myself, Tom Mason on bass and James Maddren on drums - went out on tour (with funding from Jazz Services) to release its new album (first one with this line-up) 'Mindscapes' on F-IRE Records, recorded last year by Joe Leach at The Cowshed.  It's had a few reviews here and there, mostly on blogs, and seems to have been pretty well-received.  The tour was great fun, we all worked hard to get Jonathan's challenging charts right (possibly excepting James, to whom the concept of difficulty doesn't seem to have occurred), and had some good gigs, some of which were recorded - the Rainbow in Birmingham on 26/06/10 by Peter Dixon (in NOT the easiest conditions - there was a party going on in the same room we played in, meaning we struggled to be heard over mojito-d up media types, who way outnumbered the audience, while those poor folk who'd paid to get in were huddled at the front of the stage trying to concentrate over the background noise, and were then ushered out of the way at the end of the set to make room for a fire-breathing burlesque dancer - very weird), The Pheasantry in Chelsea on 27/06/10 by Tom Ward (a much more sedate evening) and The Crypt in Camberwell on 28/06/10 (and several of the others) on my trusty Zoom H2, placed questionably at the back of the stage, hence the guitar came out a bit loud.  


Jon is really quite prolific, and in the few months between recording Mindscapes and getting together for this tour wrote another 2 albums' worth of tunes (!!), 6 or 7 of which we played in over the tour, and should be recording in the studio sometime in the next couple of months.


Here are some live excerpts from here and there, most of these tunes (bar 'Frostbite') were on the first record:


Bird Dance @ The Crypt, Camberwell: 



Ephemeral Light @ The Crypt, Camberwell:



Frostbite @ The Crypt, Camberwell:


Pluto N'est Plus @ The Rainbow, Birmingham:


Transition @ The Pheasantry, Chelsea:

Friday, 21 May 2010

Gigs from the Recent Past

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Recent Gigs:

Twelves + James Allsopp solo
CD Launch Gig @ Vortex Jazz Bar, 11/05/11

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Olie Brice New Quartet


@ North London Tavern, Kilburn NW6 7QB, 08/05/11


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Hanslip/Hurley/Sanders


Mark Hanslip - tenor saxophone

Mike Hurley - piano

Mark Sanders - drums


@ Vortex Jazz Club, 24/04/11 (Loop Collective night)



Bonney/Hanslip/Brice/Sanders @ The Oxford, 11/04/11

Alex Bonney - trumpet
Mark Hanslip - tenor saxophone
Olie Brice - double bass
Mark Sanders - drums

256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA

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Nostalgia 77 @ Tamirane, Istanbul, 16/04/11
Hanslip/Hurley/Sanders:

@ Flim Flam at Ryan's Bar, 30/03/11
181 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UL

19th March 2011 @ Loop Festival at The Forge, Camden (live recording for BBC Jazz on 3)
3-7 Delancey Street, Camden, London NW1 7NL

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Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet feat. Marcina Arnold @ Cottons, Clerkenwell EC1R 4QP, 07/03/11
@ Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton SW2 1JG, 06/04/11

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JaM + Twelves CD Launch gig @ Vortex Jazz Bar,
14/12/10
Mark Hanslip - tenor sax/flute/compositions, plus:
Javier Carmona - drums/percussion

Rob Updegraff - guitar,
Riaan Vosloo - bass/compositions,
Tim Giles - drums


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Trio w/Mark Sanders (drums) + Mike Hurley (piano) @ Charlie Wright's Bar,
14/10/10

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Twelves @ Green Note, 03/10/10


Riaan Vosloo - bass/compositions
Mark Hanslip - tenor sax/flute/compositions
Rob Updegraff - guitar
Tim Giles - drums

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Bonney/Hanslip/Brice/Sanders Quartet @ The Oxford, 27/09/10

Alex Bonney - trumpet
Mark Hanslip - tenor sax
Olie Brice - bass
Mark Sanders - drums

rescheduled from July, all the gigs with this band so far have worked really well, and always great to play with Mark who brings so much to the music
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Duo w/Javier Carmona @ Ryan's Bar, 21/09/10

Mark Hanslip - tenor saxophone/flute
Javier Carmona - drums/percussion

Opening for Alex Ward's 'Predicate' quartet (with A.W. - guitar/compositions, Tim Hill - saxes, Dominic Lash - bass, Mark Sanders - drums)

We'll be playing the first set at 8.50pm, until about 9.20/25pm, before the 1+only Mr Ward's free-jazz-ish quartet play (presumably two sets of) new compositions, and no doubt a fair dollop of full-on group improvisation.

Ryan's Bar,
181 Stoke Newington Church Street,
London
N16 0UL

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Nostalgia 77 + Jeb Loy Nichols @ Brecon Jazz Festival, 07/08/10


Ben Lamdin - guitar/leader
Fulvio Sigurta - trumpet
Mark Hanslip - tenor sax/flute
Matthew Bourne - keyboards/piano
Riaan Vosloo - bass
Tim Giles - drums
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Jeb Loy Nichols - vocals/guitar

Great gig... attentive audience, and the best the band have played together in a long time... was great to play with Fulvio again after some time off (!), I felt like we really hooked up on this one, as did the whole band

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w/Neil Metcalfe/Olie Brice/Javier Carmona @ Flim-Flam at Ryan's Bar 28/07/10


Neil Metcalfe - flute
Mark Hanslip - tenor sax
Olie Brice - double bass
Javier Carmona - drums/percussion

Fun gig.... Olie put this one together and seems very excited about the idea of it becoming an ongoing thing, just heard the recording and there are definitely some moments.... felt a little uncomfortable for me at times, partly due to the sound in the room but also because 3/4 of the band can very comfortably spend a lot of time in that super-pianissimo, very high-pitched abstract/textural area, which the tenor sax doesn't always lend itself to so well (or at least not in my hands!!), though this is probably just something I need to think about and work on.... some really exciting stuff though, and seemed to work quite naturally.... looking forward to doing some more soon!

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w/Javier Carmona @ Charlie Wright's International Bar 22/07/10

First gig since going into the studio in June, felt very comfortable musically if not venue-wise, though this may have been in my head... thought it felt a bit strange playing completely free opposite a NY-ish modern-jazz type group, but was great to play anyway... since recording together the duo feels kind of more solid, though still challenging, Javier can turn things around in a split second if he feels like it... got some very nice comments from the few folk who came down to hear us too, which is always nice especially when playing in not entirely sympathetic surroundings...

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Nostalgia 77, Greece 26/06/10

Alex Bonney - trumpet
Mark Hanslip - saxophone
Matthew Bourne - keyboards
Riaan Vosloo - bass
Tim Giles - drums

This gig was on a beach somewhere in Greece, about an hour outside Thessaloniki, can't be bad.

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TOM-MIX w/Veryan Weston @ Vortex 25/06/10

Mark Hanslip - saxophone
Olie Brice - double bass
Tony Marsh - drums

with Veryan Weston - piano


This was the first time we'd all played as a quartet (save for a play the day before).. some great moments, after about 15 mins of rummaging things really started to happen, and stayed there for a good while before a slightly unstable ending.. very happy that it happened, and hope it does again one day...!

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Mike Hurley/Mark Hanslip/Mark Sanders @ Fizzle at the Lamp Tavern, Birmingham 22/06/10

Mike Hurley - piano
Mark Hanslip - saxophone
Mark Sanders - drums


I loved this one, loads going on, plus the absence of a bass player created even more of a no-safety-net feeling about it.... will have to find a way of exploring this line-up further....

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Twelves @ George IV 17/06/10

Riaan Vosloo - double bass
Mark Hanslip - tenor saxophone
Rob Updegraff - guitar
John Blease (subbing for Tim Giles) - drums


New CD 'The Adding Machine' will be coming out on Babel Records in September, below is a rough mix of one track 'Eyeballing'. We recorded it at The Way Studio in Hackney/London Fields, a great place if you don't need a piano and don't mind playing in a dead room.





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