Javier and I are chuffed that a 4 minute edit of a track from our almost-released duo CD is featured on The Wire Tapper 25, a compilation CD of 20 tracks which comes with the April edition of the Wire Magazine.
A longer version of the same track also appears on a sampler CD of various artists from the Babel Label, free with the April edition of Jazzwise, and is also featured on a new compilation CD of artists from the Loop Collective, presented at the annual festival, this year at The Forge venue in Camden.
SPEAKING OF WHICH.... Javier suffered a hernia (ow), which means firstly that he's in some discomfort and needs an operation, but also that we didn't play any gigs yet this year, including what should have been the official CD launch at the Loop Festival at the Forge.
Very luckily, a fantastic trio I've been working with lately, with Mike Hurley on piano and Mark Sanders on drums, stepped in to fill the slot on March 19th, as well as the Birmingham gig on March 15th. While its a relatively new project, all the gigs have been pretty happening and there's some really interesting music starting to develop between us, so it was a treat to be able to play twice in one week with this group.
Also luckily, Philip Marks, a great Manchester-based drummer/percussionist who I'd heard once down here in duo with Mick Beck, and knew of through our mutual friend Olie Brice, was able to come and play in duo (much to my mother's delight, as it turned out), as well as in a quintet with some local improvisers, at the Frakture event up in Liverpool. I really enjoyed playing with Phil for the first time and I hope we get to play together again in some way soon. Interesting last set too, in an ensemble with lots of electronics, not something I get to do very often. There's now some audio of the evening up on the Private Recordings page on this site, link at the top.
Anyway this might cheer Javier up - John Fordham had this to say about our CD in last friday's Guardian:
I'm off to do some practice now.