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The Golden Age of Steam at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a gig from young British trio The Golden Age of Steam recorded at the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Saxophonist James Allsopp's compositions provide space for improvising that's inspired by wailing lyricism, spacey grooves, disorder and ambiguity. Completing the trio are Kit Downes on Hammond organ and Tim Giles on drums.

James Allsopp and Tim Giles gained national recognition through their hard grooves fused with electronics and improvisation in the group Fraud. Known for their energetic live shows, their self-titled album received critical praise in 2007. Kit Downes is a graduate from Royal Academy of Music and has released a piano duo album with his teacher at the Academy - British pianist and composer Tom Cawley.

Playlist:

Jazz on 3 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

Excerpt from Bhajan by Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion (details below)

The Golden Age of Steam recorded at the Town Hall Pillar Room on May 2, 2009 as part of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Line up:
James Allsopp (saxophone and bass clarinet)
Kit Downes (Hammond organ)
Tim Giles (drums)

Set list:
Mr Apricot segue into Mitten of Wool
Goldfish Nightmare
300 Golden Bees segue into Monkey Phonics
Eyepatch segue into Imaginary Handbag

All compositions by James Allsopp

The Golden Age of Steam 2009 concert dates:
October 17 @ The Oxford, Kentish Town
November 21 @ The Vortex, Dalston

Geoff Dyer joins Jez in the studio to present a feature paying tribute to Charlie Mariano.

CD tracks featured:

Artist: Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion
Track title: Kartik
Composer: Charlie Mariano
Album title: Live
Label: VeraBra
Released: 1989

Artist: Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion
Track title: Bhajan
Composer: R A Ramamani
Album title: Live
Label: VeraBra
Released: 1989

An improvised piece by guitarist Stian Westerhus recorded in an exclusive solo session for Jazz on 3 on July 6, 2009.

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