Wednesday 3 January 2024, 7.30pm
Always a pleasure to welcome back the excellent improvising trio of Alan Wilkinson (saxophone), Steve Noble (drums) and John Edwards (bass)!
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.
“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.”
ALAN WILKINSON (alto, baritone saxophones, bass clarinet) has for many years been a leading figure in the British Improvised Music Community. His reputation of a full blast, take no prisoners approach was cast in the Leeds based trio Hession/Wilkinson/Fell. Based in London since 1990 his current groups include a long standing trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble, the quartet The Founder Effect with John Coxon, Pat Thomas and Noble, and many collaborations past and present with among others Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Thurston Moore, J.Spaceman, Chris Corsano, Konstrukt and Talibam!
"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