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Alexander Hawkins and his sextet

As part of 'Piano Season on the BBC', Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by British pianist Alexander Hawkins and his sextet.

As part of Piano Season on the BBC, Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by British pianist Alexander Hawkins and his sextet. Hawkins is one of the most distinctive pianists to have emerged in the last few years, embracing the avant-garde improvisation tradition as well as drawing on a wide range of jazz and classical influences. He co-leads the transatlantic Convergence Quartet with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and plays Hammond organ in trio Decoy, who recently collaborated with veteran saxophonist Joe McPhee. The debut of his UK-based six-piece ensemble was widely received as one of the best albums of 2009, and this session features new material from an as yet unrecorded third album. The group combines composed themes with delicately constructed collective improvisation, and its new line-up features violinist Dylan Bates, reeds player Shabaka Hutchings, guitarist Otto Fischer, bass player Neil Charles and Tom Skinner on drums.

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

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 24 Sep 2012 23:00

Music Played

  • Roller Trio nominated for the Mercury Prize

    • Roller Trio

      Where's My Whip

      • Roller Trio.
      • F-IRE.
  • The best under-appreciated pianist (selected by Alexander Hawkins)

    • Marilyn Crispell, Mark Dresser & Gerry Hemingway

      Composition 116

      • Play Braxton.
      • Tzadik.
  • Feature title: Jez talks to Alexander Hawkins about the session

    • Untitled

  • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble, recorded at Phoenix Studios, London on 8 August 2012

    • Untitled

      Line up: Alexander Hawkins (piano), Shabaka Hutchings (clarinets), Dylan Bates (violin), Otto Fischer (guitar), Neil Charles (double bass), Tom Skinner (drums)

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Step Wide, Step Deep

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Space of Time Danced Thru

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      MO [-Ittoqqortoormit]

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      equals/understand

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      totem/bud

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      assemble/melancholy

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      remembered/discovered

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      listen/glow

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      Advice

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

    • The Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

      So Very, Know

      Composer: Alexander Hawkins

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