Julian Arguelles and John Taylor at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Claire Martin presents concert music from saxophonist Julian Arguelles and pianist John Taylor, performed at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
Claire Martin with concert music from saxophonist Julian Arguelles & pianist John Taylor recorded at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Plus journalist Kevin Le Gendre unearths a forgotten classic album and celebrates the music of French bassist Henri Texier in 'Now Is The Time'.
Today's concert set was recorded in the intimate setting of the Pillar Room at Cheltenham Town Hall, one of the key venues at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The performance captures the inspired pairing of Arguelles and Taylor playing at the top of their game, showcasing their own compositions alongside classics including Holst's In The Bleak Midwinter.
Julian Arguelles was a member of the acclaimed UK big band "Loose Tubes" and has worked with a range of artists including Steve Swallow, John Abercrombie, Dave Holland, Dave Leibman, Jim Black, Peter Erskine, Kenny Wheeler and Carla Bley. John Taylor has been an important musician on the landscape of the UK's jazz scene since the late 60's and has worked with Gil Evans, Cleo Laine, John Surman, Jan Garbarek, Enrico Rava and Lee Konitz. In 1977 Taylor formed the iconic jazz trio Azimuth, with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. This set documents two musicians exploring and searching for news ways of expressing their art in the bold context of a duo setting.