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John Law Trio, Robert Mitchell

Jez Nelson presents two sessions as part of the Radio 3 piano season: John Law and his Art of Sound trio, and a left-hand-only recording by Robert Mitchell.

Jez Nelson presents two sessions as part of the Radio 3 Piano Season: John Law and his trio, and a left-hand-only recording by Robert Mitchell.

Law has been at the cutting edge of UK jazz for over two decades. Having spent several years exploring free improvisation, working extensively with South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, in recent years he has aligned himself more closely with straightahead jazz and his own classical roots. Since 2006, his Art of Sound Trio, recorded here for Jazz on 3 last year, has combined individual virtuosic brilliance with collective groove and lyricism. It features Yuri Goloubev, former professional orchestral bassist and a member of Gwilym Simcock's trio; and drummer Asaf Sirkis, also known for his work with Tim Garland and Gilad Atzmon.

Robert Mitchell was one of the first members of the F-IRE Collective and with his bands, Panacea and Robert Mitchell 3io, he explores the combination of rhythmic complexity with nu-soul and hip-hop sounds. His playing style reflects a grounding in 20th-century classical music, marked by a refined touch and, at times, high-velocity repetition. His growing interest in music for the left hand, across both classical and improvised disciplines, led to this exclusive session for the programme.

Also this week, a special musical tribute to saxophonist and improviser Lol Coxhill, featuring improvisations recorded in places associated with him, by friends and fellow performers such as Evan Parker, Sue Ferrar and Phil Minton.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Peggy Sutton, Chris Elcombe & Phil Smith.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • The best under-appreciated pianist (selected by Bojan Z)

    • Art Pepper

      Rhythm-a-ning

      • Blues for the Fisherman: Unreleased Art Pepper, Vol. VI Pt 2.
      • Widow's Taste.
    • Bojan Z

      Nedyalko's Eleven

      • Soul Shelter.
      • Universal.
    • Milcho Leviev

      Sadovsko Horo

      • Man From Plovdiv.
      • M.A..
  • The John Law Trio, recorded at Livingston Studios, London on 15 September 2011

    • Untitled

      Line-up: John Law (piano), Yuri Goloubev (double bass), Asaf Sirkis (drums & percussion)

    • The John Law Trio

      Three-Part Invention

      Composer: John Law

    • The John Law Trio

      Insistence

      Composer: John Law

  • A Musical Tribute to Lol Coxhill

    • Untitled

      Line-up: Evan Parker (soprano saxophone), Sue Ferrar (violin), Phil Minton (voice), Alex Ward (clarinet), Mike Cooper (guitar), Steve Beresford, Pete Beresford & Veryan Weston (pianos)

    • Lol Coxhill

      An Awfully Romantic Duet For Possibly Blackbird And Definitely Saxophone

      • Lol Coxhill/Welfare State.
      • Caroline.
    • Roger Turner

      Pretend You're A Theremin (Improvisation for Lol Coxhill)

      Recorded: at his home in London on 30 August 2012

    • Evan Parker

      Untitled Improvisation for Lol Coxhill

      Recorded: in Gillett Square, London on 30 August 2012

    • Sue Ferrar

      Untitled Improvisation for Lol Coxhill

      Recorded: in a car in Hackney, London on 30 August 2012

    • Susanna Ferrar

      Shenandoah

      Composer: Trad.

      • A Boy Leaves Home.
      • Mash.
    • Mike Cooper

      Low'n Behold (for Lol Coxhill)

      Composer: Mike Cooper Recorded: in Italy on 11 September 2012

    • Steve Beresford

      Variations on Lol Coxhill's Charangalila

      Composer: Coxhill/Beresford Recorded: at his home in London on 7 August 2012

    • Phil Minton

      Improvised Duet with Child of the Evening

      Composer: Minton/Coxhill Recorded: at his home in London on 17 September 2012

    • Lol Coxhill & Welfare State

      Child Of The Evening

      Composer: Lol Coxhill

      • Lol Coxhill / Welfare State.
      • Caroline.
    • Rico Rodriguez

      Dr Kildare

      Composer: C. Dodd Recorded: in Brixton, London in 1992

    • Pete Beresford

      Dr Kildare

      Composer: C. Dodd Recorded: at the Vortex, London on 5 September 2012

    • Alex Ward

      Untitled Improvisation

      Recorded: at Cecil Sharp House, London on 19 September 2012

    • Lol Coxhill

      Announcement

    • Veryan Weston

      Nancy (With The Laughing Face)

      Composer: J. Van Heusen / P. Silvers Recorded: at his home in Welwyn Garden City on 5 September 2012

  • Robert Mitchell on Left-hand-only Piano Music

    • Robert Mitchell

      The Glimpse

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

    • Scott Joplin

      Fig Leaf Rag

      • The Scott Joplin Gold Collection.
      • Mercury.
    • James P. Johnson

      Carolina Shout

      • The Early Jazz Collection.
      • Past Classics.
    • Bud Powell (Charlie Parker

      Salt Peanuts

      • Complete Jazz at Massey Hall.
      • Disconforme.
    • Phineas Newborn, Jr.

      Blues Theme For The Left Hand Only

      • Piano Portraits.
      • Fresh Sound.
    • Benjamin Britten

      Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra: Variation X - Adagio

      • Britten: Piano Concerto / Diversions / Young Apollo.
      • Hyperion.
    • Benjamin Britten

      Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra: Variation I - Recitative

      • Britten: Piano Concerto / Diversions / Young Apollo.
      • Hyperion.
    • Robert Mitchell

      The Glimpse

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

    • Robert Mitchell

      A Confession

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

  • Robert Mitchell's left-hand-only session, recorded in London on 4 September 2012

    • Robert Mitchell

      Zuni Lore

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

    • Robert Mitchell

      A Confession

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

    • Robert Mitchell

      The Sage

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

    • Robert Mitchell

      The Glimpse

      Composer: Robert Mitchell

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