This week Jazz on 3 takes on godfathers of European improv alongside genre-jumping guitar heroes, as we welcome the Alex von Schlippenbach Trio and Marc Ribot – two veteran acts still finding new and compelling things to say.
The Schlippenbach Trio. Illustration copyright Naiel Ibarrola
Recorded at last year's London Jazz Festival, pianist Alex von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lovens are a prime example of a group who continue to surprise and inspire each other even forty years after their musical journey together began. Touring every year since the early 1970s the trio now share almost telepathic reactions – drawing their vocabulary from the full swathe of jazz and free music history with quick-witted spirit, fire and spontaneity. Their improvised set at the Southbank's Purcell Rooms was as energetic and creative as ever – and watch out for some brilliant solo moments from Evan in particular. BBC Radio 3's Tom Service also joins me in the studio to talk about the gig and the band's performance with Noszferatu, broadcast on Hear and Now, available on iPlayer all this week.
Marc Ribot and Chris Sharkey. Photo: AW
In addition to all this we kick off this week's programme with a very exciting exclusive from British experimentalists Polar Bear, previewing their forthcoming album In Each and Every One.
Join me for all of this on Monday 27 January from 11pm, or listen online for seven days after broadcast.