Monday 13th June 2022
£20.00 - £35.00
Line-up: GARETH WILLIAMS piano; CONOR CHAPLIN bass & MARTIN FRANCE drums
One of the most intensely creative, dynamic and exciting performers on the UK scene, Gareth Williams has been receiving increasing critical and public acclaim since the 90s: winner of the piano category in the 2013 British Jazz Awards.
Gareth Williams writes: This project came from a desire to encapsulate the many facets of music that I love. Improvisation is at the centre and jazz is the genre but I wanted to embody aspects that aren’t always to the fore in the jazz idiom. There are moments of explosive swing and bravado but also compositions that evoke melancholy and introspection. The chance to record with an idol of mine, Palle Daniellson, provided the impetus to compose music that could explore intuitive, reactive playing. At this, he is a master. Martin France is the ultimate in responsiveness and creativity.
This is not avant-garde music (indeed there are some jazz standards and even a vocal track!) but neither is it slavishly adherent to any one tradition or movement. I hope that it is joyful, as well as thought-provoking.
“a jewel of a player... spinning out luminous introductions and codas” by (Jazziz Magazine USA) and “…a fantastic improviser” (John Fordham, The Guardian).
An electrifying performer, he is the “embodiment of creative energy, a physical player… with a keyboard command that’s both impressive and well-directed” (Peter Vacher, Jazzwise).
He came to prominence as pianist for singer Claire Martin and as keyboard player/MD for jazz hip-hop band Us3. He has worked with many international jazz greats, including Art Farmer, George Coleman, Bud Shank, James Moody, Dave Liebman and Jerry Bergonzi, plus top British musicians such as Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor, Tommy Smith, Gwyneth Herbert and Iain Ballamy. For the last 15 years, he has toured the world with the late Pee Wee Ellis.His albums, THREE (live at Ronnie Scott’s in 2001) and Shock! (Linn Records, 2009), were hugely successful. His latest album, Short Stories is out now on Miles Music. “Williams is a hugely gifted pianist, with an apparently endless fund of ideas” (Dave Gelly, The Observer). “A prodigiously talented pianist… a joyous, uncompromising celebration of sophistication, musicality, muscularity…” (Mojo Magazine).
Martin France has been at the top of the European jazz scene for over 30 years and he has worked with too many famous names to mention and has recorded regularly for ECM.
Conor Chaplin has quickly established himself in the topflight of British double bassists and is in huge demand.