Thursday 7 January 2016, 8pm
Originally formed in the mid noughties, when Wilkinson depped for an indisposed Lol Coxhill, the trio quickly established itself as one of the most vibrant combinations on the London Improvised music circuit, playing often at the early Café Oto, around Britain and on festivals at home and in Europe. They produced 2 highly acclaimed CDs for Bo'Weavil Recordings the second of which 'Live at Café Oto' was voted one of Stewart Lee's CDs of the decade in The Times. Their music is characterised by a fearless approach to improvisation with lightning responses, flipping from time to abstraction and back again, incorporating inflexions from a vast array of influences. Playing less frequently over the past few years due to the pressure of other commitments they are due to appear at the ATP festival in Prestatyn this April.
“Big, brutal, bruising brilliance” Dan Spicer, Jazzwise July 2007. “…and these three protagonists are masters of that chance moment, musicians with the uncanny ability to harness the unpredictable and lend it form.”
Recently adding the bass clarinet to his arsenal there are few more daunting sounds in free music than Alan Wilkinson in overdrive. A stalwart of the UK scene for many years his reputation was cast in his trio with Simon Fell and Paul Hession from his Leeds years. Based in London since 1990 he plays regularly with the likes of Steve Noble, John Edwards and Pat Thomas as well as collaborations with Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Chris Corsano, Talibam!, Thurston Moore, and many more.
"At its highest points, this session unleashes some of the most preposterously powerful energy jazz heard since Peter Brötzmann's Yatagarasu trio with Takeo Moriyama and Masahiko Satoh" - Daniel Spicer, The WIRE
Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book ‘Improvisation; its nature and practise’. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins).
John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose staggering range of techniques and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibility of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether playing solo or with others. Perpetually in demand, he has played with Evan Parker, Sunny Murray, Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee, Lol Coxhill, Peter Brötzmann, Mulatu Astatke and many others.
"I think John Edwards is absolutely remarkable: there’s never been anything like him before, anywhere in jazz." - Richard Williams, The Blue Moment