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George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in Session

Duration:
1 hour, 45 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 20 April 2009

John Fordham presents British baritone saxophonist George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in an exclusive session. Founded in Prague after a request from Czech National Radio in 2001, the quartet uses free improvisation combined with folk rhythms and melodies from across the globe. It features Haslam on baritone sax and tarogato, Swetja on guitar synth, fujara flute and singing saw, Jozef Laska on bass and Petr Zimak on drums, with special guest, violinist Stefano Pastor from Genoa.

Signature Tune

Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)
Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away
Composer: Joe Zawinul
Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

CD Tracks:

Artist: Liam Noble Trio (Liam Noble - piano, Dave Whitford - double bass, Dave Wickins - drums and percussion)
Track title: Take Five
Composer: Paul Desmond
Album title: Brubeck
Label: Basho Records

Artist: Branford Marsalis Quartet (Branford Marsalis - saxophones, Joey Calderazzo - piano, Eric Revis - bass, Jeff 'Tain' Watts - drums)
Track title: Jabberwocky
Composer: Branford Marsalis
Album title: Metamorphosen
Label: Marsalis Music

Artist: Andy Sheppard (Andy Sheppard - saxophone, John Parricelli - guitar, Eivind Aarset - electric guitar/electronics, Arild Andersen - double bass/electronics, Kuljit Bhamra - tabla/percussion)
Track title: La Tristesse Du Roi
Composer: Andy Sheppard
Album title: Movements in Colour
Label: ECM

Artist: Steve Harris' Zaum (Steve Harris - drums, Cathy Stevens - viola/violectra, Adrian Newton - samples, Udo Dzierzanowski - guitar, Karen Wimhurst - clarinets, Geoff Hearn - saxophones, 'J'M Black - guitar)
Track title: Wake the Angels
Composer: Zaum
Album Title: A is for Ox: Live in Brighton
Label: Amazon Records

Artist: Steve Harris' Zaum (Steve Harris - drums, Cathy Stevens - viola/violectra, Adrian Newton - samples, Udo Dzierzanowski - guitar, Karen Wimhurst - clarinets, Geoff Hearn - saxophones, Mary Potter - piano)
Track title: Following Power Lines To Your Home
Composer: Zaum
Album Title: A is for Ox: Field Recordings 2006/7
Label: Amazon Records

2009 Live Tour Dates:
Branford Marsalis
25 May @ Bath Festival
26 May @ Birmingham Town Hall
28 May @ Ronnie Scott's, London

Andy Sheppard
30 April @ Fuseleeds Festival, Leeds
25, 26 May @ Ronnie Scott's, London

Links:
http://www.liamnoble.co.uk
http://www.branfordmarsalis.com
http://www.andysheppard.co.uk
http://www.steve-harris.info
http://www.myspace.com/zaumsound

Interview with bassist Miroslav Vitous on his new album and performing with Weather Report

CD tracks (excerpts used during the interview):

Artist: Weather Report (Wayne Shorter - saxophone, Joe Zawinul - keyboards, Miroslav Vitous - bass, Airto Moreira - percussion, Alphonse Mouzon- drums)
Track title: Waterfall
Composer: Joe Zawinul
Album title: Weather Report
Label: Columbia

Artist: Miroslav Vitous Group (Miroslav Vitous - double bass, Michel Portal - bass clarinet)
Track title: Surfing with Michael
Composer: Miroslav Vitous
Album title: Remembering Weather Report
Label: ECM

Czech CD round-up tracks:

Artist: Miroslav Vitous Group (Miroslav Vitous - double bass, Franco Ambrosetti - trumpet, Gary Campbell - tenor saxophone, Gerald Cleaver - drums)
Track title: Variations on Wayne Shorter
Composer: Miroslav Vitous
Album title: Remembering Weather Report
Label: ECM

Artist: George Mraz and Iva Bittova (George Mraz - bass, Iva Bittova - violin, Emil Viklicky - piano, Laco Tropp - drums)
Track Title: Sweet Basil
Composer: Emil Viklicky
Album title: Moravian Gems
Label: Cube-Metier

Artist: Vertigo Quintet and Dorota Barova (Marcel Barta - saxophones, Oskar Torok - trumpet, Vojtech Prochazka - piano, Rastislav Uhrik - bass, Daniel Soltis - drums/percussion, Dorota Barova - vocals)
Track Title: Nahoru
Composer: Marcel Barta
Album Title: Vertigo Quintet
Label: Animal Music

Links:
http://miroslavvitous.com
http://www.georgemraz.com
http://www.bittova.com
http://www.vertigoquintet.com

George Haslam's Freetime Quartet recorded in session at Pinewood Studios on April 2 2009

Line up:
George Haslam - taragato and baritone saxophone
Swetja - guitar
Jozef Laska - bass
Petr Zimak - drums
Stefano Pastor - violin

Set list:
1 Matinal (Haslam/Swetja/Laska/Zimak/Pastor)
2 Incipio (Haslam/Swetja/Laska/Zimak/Pastor)
3 Shakedown (Haslam/Swetja/Laska/Zimak/Pastor)
4 Conventus (Haslam/Swetja/Laska/Zimak/Pastor)
5 Crepesculum (Haslam/Swetja/Laska/Zimak/Pastor)

Links:
http://www.georgehaslam.com
http://www.swetja.com/00ht.html
http://www.stefanopastor.com.

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