Thursday 30 April 2020, 7.30pm
Nat Birchall / tenor & soprano saxophones
Adam Fairhall / piano, harmonium
Michael Bardon / double bass
Andy Hay / drums, percussion
Debut appearance at Cafe OTO for Nat Birchall and his quartet.
British saxophonist and bandleader Nat Birchall has quietly garnered a reputation as one of the country's foremost creatives in the jazz medium, releasing inspirational music that operates in similar regions to the spiritual works of luminaries such as John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Once a member of the Gondwana Records fold the majority of his material is self-released through his own label Sound Soul And Spirit and via the legendary Jazzman record label.
His ten-album discography, which includes a 2014 live album "Live In Larissa", contains an array of inspiring and enchanting compositions. His latest album release "Sounds Almighty" is a roots reggae instrumental/dub LP made in collaboration with Manchester dub master, Al Breadwinner and features the legendary Jamaican trombone player, Vin Gordon. His previous album release the same year was "Cosmic Language" on Jazzman Records which swapped the acoustic piano for Indian harmonium and resulted in some beautiful music which highlighted the similarities between Nat's approach to jazz and the classical Indian music tradition.
Upcoming in 2019 are an album for Jazzman made in tribute to Yusef Lateef; a multi-disc set recorded live in Athens in collaboration with Greek musicians, Harris Lambrakis and Nikos Sidirokastritis; and more reggae/dub music with Al Breadwinner and Vin Gordon.
Press for Cosmic Language:
"a treasure of flawless beauty" Chris May - All About Jazz
"refreshingly pure, uplifting incantations... a perfect balm for turbulent times" Kris Needs - Record Collector
"another haunting corner of the big picture that the unique Nat Birchall is devoting his life to painting" John Fordham (In Jazzwise magazine's Top 10 albums of 2018)