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RED SKIES TRIO
"Possessed of Norma Winstone-like subtlety and precision". The Guardian
John Turville-piano, Brigitte Beraha-voice & Bobby Wellins-tenor sax
Brigitte Beraha and John Turville have both been receiving growing recognition as musicians and bandleaders in their own right, and this collaboration was a natural result of a long friendship and a deep musical understanding that comes across immediately when you hear them play. Featuring the legendary saxophonist Bobby Wellins their new album “Red Skies” draws on an eclectic range of music, from well-known standards and latin gems through to originals and contemporary songs, such as ‘My One And Only Love’ and ‘This Heart of Mine’ to Chico Buarque’s beautiful ‘Beatriz’, Paul Simon’s ‘Night Game’ and Brigitte’s original ‘Elephants on Wheels’. However, the range of music never takes the focus away from the deep sense of communication and empathy evident from the first note, and Bobby Wellins soulful contributions when he joins them to form this trio add further depth to the music.
''Beautiful. Their sincerity and humour combine with superb musicianship to create a very special atmosphere.' Alison Bentley, LondonJazz
"Sometimes it's the quieter, more intimate albums that really lodge in the memory, and so it proves with 'Red Skies' (...) this collaboration between singer Brigitte Beraha and pianist John Turville exudes a true musical connection from every pore." Jazzwise
Brigitte Beraha-voice, Barry Green-piano, Chris Laurence-double bass & Paul Clarvis-percussion
A collaboration between two of the UK’s finest jazz artists Barry Green and Brigitte Beraha, the band also features legends Chris Laurence and Paul Clarvis. Between them they have played and recorded with Kenny Wheeler, John Surman, Sarah Vaughan, Norma Winstone, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lee Konitz and many more. Their debut album Babelfish was released to critical acclaim and picked by Sebastian Scotney, founder of LondonJazz, as his top album of 2012.
Their latest album “ Chasing Rainbows”, which received rave reviews, is a new collection of music they love, regardless of where it comes from - Songs in English, French, Portuguese and Italian, from original songs about love to fast paced compositions about sushi; from free Jazz to their take on Contemporary Classical songs, each Babelfish performance is fearless, fresh and mesmerising.
"This remarkable quartet has evolved its own musical language. […] Unfamiliar at first, but gently seductive, it keeps you listening through the sheer power of invention.” Dave Gelly, The Observer
"It’s a pleasure to enter the original music language of this band: a world of playfulness and beauty, where anything could happen- you’re caught up in their sense of mystery and imagination.” Alison Bentley, LondonJazz
"Babelfish are a definition of a contemporary jazz class act." John Fordham, The Guardian
DAVE MANINGTON'S RIFF RAFF
Dave Manington's Riff Raff is a dynamic ensemble of young musicians featuring the highly acclaimed musicians Brigitte Beraha (Paul Clarvis/Chris Laurence, Kenny Wheeler, Henry Lowther, L.J.O.), Ivo Neame (Cinematic Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Phronesis), Tomas Challenger (Outhouse/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Ronnie Scotts All Stars, Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Stan Sulzmann/Kenny Wheeler/Art Farmer). The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms. Several new compositions feature fantastic lyrics from Brigitte Beraha and on other tracks she sings wordless vocals, often harmonizing with the sax line to great effect. Their newalbum "Hullabaloo" was released in January 2013 and they are currently touring the UK..
'Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener.'The Jazzmann
Tori Freestone-tenor sax & flute, John Turville-piano, Jez Franks-guitar, Brigitte Beraha-voice, Dave Manington-double bass & George Hart-drums
Solstice is a collaboration between some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving east London music scene. Having toured with their own groups extensively throughout the UK, Europe and some other planets with their own projects and artists such as Kenny Wheeler, Tim Garland, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Dave Binney, Django Bates, Jasper Hoiby and Ivo Neame, they have now come together united by a shared love of music and food to write and eat collectively. They have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York, and France such as Hermeto Pascoal, Edward Simon and Pierre de Bethmann, whilst retaining a uniquely British identity. Their culinary and musical explorations continue with the release of their debut album ‘Alimentation' in the Autumn.
Listen to samples of the album below!
e17Jazz LARGE ENSEMBLE
John Turville - Piano/ Director, Brigitte Beraha – Voice, Carlos Lopez-Real – Alto Sax / Clarinet/ Flute, Tori Freestone – Tenor Sax / Flute, Rachel Musson – Tenor Sax / Flute , Josh Kemp – Tenor & soprano Sax, Mick Foster– Baritone Sax / Bass Clarinet ,Robbie Robson, Hugh Pascall, Tom Allan – Trumpets
Jez Franks – Guitar, Dave Manington – Bass and Nick Smalley – Drums
The e17 jazz large ensemble is a fantastically exciting band, with a line up featuring vocals, 5 saxophones, 3 trumpets, piano, guitar, bass and drums. It brings together some of the key players e17Jazz, together with other brilliant musicians associated with e17 jazz. The band was formed in 2009 by Carlos Lopez Real and John Turville to open the inaugural Walthamstow Jazz Festival and has since played at the London Jazz Festival and at venues such as Kings Place. The music showcases pieces written by members of the band, with occasional commissions: to date a suite written by Liam Noble and compositions by Hans Koller.
‘There are always surprises… it makes the journey always worth taking” – LondonJazz