Baroque Spring: Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Bringing Baroque and jazz music together can, when attempted too literally, be fraught with danger. But this new commission from pianist Alexander Hawkins - recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 as part of BBC Radio 3's Baroque Spring - is more about exploring the parallels between the two genres, drawing inspiration from the 18th century in a looser, more abstract way. Hawkins has built a bespoke nonet of free-improvising musicians, writing the music with the individual players in mind. US trumpeter Peter Evans has an astounding technique that is regularly aired in both avant-garde and Baroque settings, and he's joined by an array of brass and reed instruments - including trumpeter Byron Wallen and tuba player Oren Marshall. The soundworld is enriched further by the cello of Hannah Marshall and the relentlessly inventive textures of Mark Sanders's drumkit.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Peggy Sutton.