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Black Top, Laura Jurd

Jez Nelson presents a double session at the BBC's Maida Vale studios: improvising group Black Top with guest spoken-word artist HKB Finn, plus trumpeter Laura Jurd and her quintet.

Jazz on 3 is visiting the historic Maida Vale studios for the first time ever. Jez Nelson hosts an exclusive session in front of a live audience, featuring bands that represent the best of two different generations of UK jazz.

The musicians of Black Top have been at the cutting edge of the music for over 20 years and present their first ever full-length broadcast as a band. This freely improvising group includes saxophonist Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson (percussion), Pat Thomas (piano) and Byron Wallen (trumpet), plus a special guest, HKB Finn, adding spontaneous spoken-word nuggets to the music.

Young trumpeter and composer Laura Jurd has recently emerged as one to watch, making waves with her imaginative and ambitious material at the helm of various ensembles as part of the Chaos Collective. Here she presents her quintet, featuring Lauren Kinsella's free-ranging vocals.

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

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • The Laura Jurd Quintet recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, London on 5 June 2013

    • Untitled

      Line up: Lauren Kinsella (vocals); Laura Jurd (trumpet); Elliot Galvin (piano); Conor Chaplin (bass); Corrie Dick (drums)

    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      Sognefjord

      Composer: Laura Jurd

  • Laura Jurd explains her influences

    • Laura Jurd & Elliot Galvin

      Zelený Vínecek [Excerpt]

      Composer: Iva Bittová

  • The Laura Jurd Quintet recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, London on 5 June 2013

    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      Raw On The Inside

      Composer: Laura Jurd

    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      Oh So Beautiful

      Composer: Laura Jurd

    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      Journey Through The Ages

      Composer: Laura Jurd

    • Laura Jurd Quintet

      No Man Is An Island (Dedication to Martin Read)

      Composer: Laura Jurd (Original poem by John Donne)

  • Black Top recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 3, London on 5 June 2013

    • Untitled

      Line up: HKB Finn (vocals); Byron Wallen (trumpet); Steve Williamson (tenor saxophone); Pat Thomas (piano, keyboards and electronics); Orphy Robinson (marimba, Xylosynth, keyboards and electronics)

    • Black Top

      You, Knee, Verse

      Composer: Black Top

    • Black Top

      Hope Is A Lifestyle

      Composer: Black Top

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