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‘The Ethiopian Blues’ (written by Leo Genovese)
Recorded Live at The Civic Theater in New Orleans on 6th February 2014
Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble on its first visit to the UK, brings together Jack DeJohnette, the peerless drummer at the heart of many of the landmark jazz groups of the past four decades, from Miles Davis to Keith Jarrett, heavyweight saxophonist Joe Lovano, the brilliant bass player Esperanza Spalding – the first jazz artist to win a Best New Artist Grammy Award- and pianist Leo Genovese; the debut of what can only be described as a jazz supergroup .
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre.
“DeJohnette could turn matchsticks into an orchestra. He is a craftsman, carving, pushing, painting, adding layers, dissolving layers. Playing rims, mallets, skin on skin. The trio played as a true collaboration. No star turns, just discovery and nuance as only masters can pull off“ Eye on Music
Hailed by the New York Times as ‘one of the greatest musicians in jazz history’, GRAMMY award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path finding force in the arena of creative music.
He has earned praise not just for his compelling saxophone tone and improvisational ability, but also for his forward-thinking presentation of new musical ideas and ensemble concepts.
Since her early years to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering a GRAMMY for ‘Best New Artist’ for her third album ‘Chamber Music Society’. This is unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to make the unprecedented her norm.
She presented the various sides of her writing on ‘Esperanza’, her 2008 international debut recording, quickly topping Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart and becoming that year’s best selling jazz album worldwide.
Maintaining her lifelong passion for new sounds and uncharted territory, the versatile Spalding has collaborated with musicians and artists from different styles and genres, including Wayne Shorter, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bruno Mars, and Janelle Monáe.
The all star frontline is rounded out by the amazing Argentinean pianist Leo Genovese a long-time collaborative partner of Spalding’s, who has traveled the globe on her Chamber Music Society and Radio Music Society tours.
“There’s nothing old school about Genovese’s approach. In fact, on macro and micro levels he actively resists conformity […] but somehow, he always fits without having to fit in.“ All About Jazz
Marius Neset and Daniel Herskedal
A saxophone/tuba duo seems like an unlikely pairing, but both Marius Neset and Daniel Herskedal share such a formidable musical gift that the result is a unique and emotionally expressive range of sounds – sometimes plaintive and melancholy, sometimes humorous and playful, but always lyrical and moving. Their debut album ‘Neck of the Woods’ showcased original compositions exploring influences from classical and folk music, but always with an underlying jazz sensibility, and their live performances communicate an extraordinary creativity and energising charm.
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JoeLovano © Jimmy Katz; Leo Genovese © Carlos Pericias
This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble on its first visit to the UK, brings together Jack DeJohnette, the peerless drummer at the heart of many of the...