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Piano 'Relay' Concert

Duration:
1 hour, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 22 October 2012

As part of 'Piano Season on the BBC', Jez Nelson presents a unique performance featuring six of the UK's leading jazz and improvising pianists playing two pianos - occasionally all at once. Matthew Bourne, Kit Downes, Alcyona Mick, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble and Pat Thomas will begin the concert in duos, before coming together in an extended improvised relay, passing the music between them and sharing the stool in spontaneous, and at times random, combinations.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.

Music Played

14 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • The best under-appreciated pianist (listener suggestions)

  • Piano Relay – Duos, recorded at Laban Theatre, London on 9 October 2012

    • Line-up: Kit Downes (L) with Matthew Bourne (R), Alcyona Mick (L) with Liam Noble (R), Robert Mitchell (L) with Pat Thomas (R)

    • Image for Kit Downes & Matthew Bourne
      00:10

      Kit Downes & Matthew Bourne Untitled Improvisation

    • Image for Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble
      00:23

      Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble Three Peas Piece

      Composer: Pete Saberton

    • Image for Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble
      00:29

      Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble Moving Along

      Composer: Liam Noble

    • Image for Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas
      00:38

      Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas Untitled Improvisation

    • Image for Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas
      00:46

      Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas Untitled Improvisation

  • The best under-appreciated pianist (selected by Kit Downes)

    • Image for Jan Johansson
      00:52

      Jan Johansson Vallåt Från Jämtland

      Jazz På Svenska, Heptagon Records

    • Image for Stan Getz
      00:52

      Stan Getz Goldrush tk2

      In Sweden 1958-60, Dragon

    • Image for Jan Johansson
      00:54

      Jan Johansson Gånglek Från Älvdalen

      Jazz På Svenska, Heptagon Records

  • Piano Relay – Twelve Hands, Two Pianos, recorded at Laban Theatre, London on 9 October 2012

    • Line-up: Matthew Bourne, Kit Downes, Alcyona Mick, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble, Pat Thomas

    • Please refer to the image below for a table showing which musicians are playing at each point during the performance

    • Image for Matthew Bourne, Kit Downes, Alcyona Mick, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble, Pat Thomas
      00:59

      Matthew Bourne, Kit Downes, Alcyona Mick, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble, Pat Thomas Matthew Bourne, Kit Downes, Alcyona Mick, Robert Mitchell, Liam Noble, Pat Thomas - Untitl

  • Piano Relay - Twelve Hands Two Pianos

    Piano Relay - Twelve Hands Two Pianos

  • Kit Downes & Matthew Bourne

    Kit Downes & Matthew Bourne

  • Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble

    Alcyona Mick & Liam Noble

  • Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas

    Robert Mitchell & Pat Thomas

  • The Best Under-Appreciated Pianists

    Throughout the BBC Piano Season we’ve been asking our guests and listeners to tell us about their favourite under-the-radar and under-appreciated pianists. We’ve had loads of great suggestions, so we’ve compiled our list of favourites for you to explore and enjoy. As a good place to start we’ve included track suggestions where pieces have been played on the show.

    Guest Suggestions

    - SELECTED BY VERYAN WESTON
    Pianist: Eddie Costa

    Artist: Eddie Costa
    Track: What's To Ya
    Album: The House of Blue Lights

    Artist: The Coleman Hawkins Quintet
    Track: Moodsville
    Album: Moodsville

    Artist: Tal Farlow
    Track: Yesterdays
    Album: At Ed Fuerst's,

    - SELECTED BY ALEXANDER HAWKINS
    Pianist: Marilyn Crispell

    Artist: Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser & Gerry Hemingway
    Track: Composition 116
    Album: Play Braxton

    - SELECTED BY BOJAN Z
    Pianist: Milcho Leviev

    Artist: Art Pepper
    Track: Rhythm-a-ning
    Album: Blues for the Fisherman: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. VI Pt 2

    Artist: Milcho Leviev
    Track: Sadovsko Horo
    Album: Man From Plovdiv

    - SELECTED BY MYRA MELFORD
    Pianist: Erwin Helfer

    Artist: Erwin Helfer
    Track: Dirty Dozens
    Album: I'm Not Hungry But I Like to Eat Blues

    Artist: Jimmy Walker & Erwin Helfer
    Track: Rough And Ready
    Album: Rough And Ready, Boogie Woogie For Four Hands

    Artist: Erwin Helfer
    Track: Day Dreaming
    Album: I'm Not Hungry But I Like to Eat Blues

    - SELECTED BY GAIL BRAND
    Pianist: Don Pullen

    - SELECTED BY KIT DOWNES
    Pianist: Jan Johansson

    Artist: Jan Johansson
    Track: Vallåt Från Jämtland
    Album: Jazz På Svenska

    Artist: Stan Getz
    Track: Goldrush tk2
    Album: In Sweden 1958-60

    Artist: Jan Johansson
    Track: Gånglek Från Älvdalen
    Album: Jazz På Svenska, Heptagon Records


    Listener Suggestions

    - SELECTED BY CHARLOTTE CAIRD
    Pianist: Benet McLean

    - SELECTED BY STEVE EVANS
    Pianist: Michel Rosewoman

    Artist: Michele Rosewoman
    Track: Vamp for Orchun
    Album: Quintessence

    - SELECTED BY DAVID MITCHARD
    Pianist: Georg Graewe

    Artist: Georg Graewe
    Track: Fantasiestücke VI
    Album: Fantasiestücke I-XIII

    - SELECTED BY CHRIS WHITE
    Pianist: Horace Tapscott



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