TrioVD, Shatner's Bassoon
Think of 'prog' and lengthy concept albums, zany costumes and fantastical on-stage theatricality may spring to mind. Yet there's also a connection with a very contemporary-sounding strand of British jazz that has emerged in recent years, explored in this programme. Is there something within the bombastic skronk of TrioVD and the explosive eccentricity of sextet Shatner's Bassoon that connects to the British prog tradition? Alongside sets from these two bands and Dutch piano trio Tin Men And The Telephone, journalist Stephen Graham considers the implications of the term 'prog-jazz' in today's music and asks whether it's here to stay.