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Brass Mask

Kevin LeGendre presents British saxophonist Tom Challenger and his Brass Mask octet performing music from their new album.

Kevin Le Gendre presents British reeds player Tom Challenger and his Brass Mask octet performing music from their new album. With a line-up of 3 woodwind, 4 brass and percussion, they're tailor-made for the bluesy New Orleans street-band sound that filters through the music. But the avant-garde ensemble writing of Henry Threadgill is also an acknowledged influence on the group, reflected in the pinpoint ensemble writing, some abstracted grooves and plenty of surprising harmonic twists and turns.

Presenter: Kevin Le Gendre
Producers: Peggy Sutton and Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Mon 7 Oct 2013 23:00

Music Played

  • Brass Mask

    Shallow Water [Excerpt]

    Composer: Trad. (arr. Tom Challenger)

  • BBC Introducing Track

    • Johnny Hunter Quartet

      Five Stories High

      Composer: Johnny Hunter

  • Tom Challenger joins Kevin Le Gendre in the studio

    • Bo Dollis & The Wild Magnolias

      Shallow Water Oh Mamma

      Composer: Trad.

      • I'm Back At Carnival Time.
      • Rounder Records.
    • Golden Eagles

      Indian Red

      Composer: Trad.

      • Lightning and Thunder.
      • Rounder Records.
    • St James Missionary Baptist Church of Canton

      I Thank You Jesus (Recorded by Alan Lomax)

      Composer: Trad.

      • From the Alan Lomax Collection at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, with the use courtesy of the Association for Cultural Equity.
    • Brass Mask

      I Thank You Jesus [Excerpt]

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Tom Challenger)

    • Brass Mask

      Rain Rain Rain [Excerpt]

      Composer: Tom Challenger

    • Henry Threadgill

      Gateway

      Composer: Henry Threadgill

      • Just The Facts and Pass the Bucket.
      • About Time Records.
  • Brass Mask recorded at The Vortex, London on 26 September 2013

    • Line up: Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone, clarinet); George Crowley (tenor saxophone, clarinet);

    • Dan Nicholls (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Alex Bonney (trumpet); Rory Simmons (trumpet); Nathaniel Cross (trombone);

    • Theon Cross (tuba); Dave Hamblett (drums)

    • Brass Mask

      Onnellinen

      Composer: Tom Challenger

    • Brass Mask

      Rain Rain Rain 

      Composer: Tom Challenger

    • Brass Mask

      I Thank You Jesus 

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Tom Challenger)

    • Brass Mask

      Indian Red

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Tom Challenger)

    • Brass Mask

      Don't Stand Up

      Composer: Tom Challenger

    • Brass Mask

      Shallow Water

      Composer: Trad. (arr. Tom Challenger)

  • New Release

    • Kit Downes & Tom Challenger

      Rat Catcher

      Composer: Kit Downes / Tom Challenger

      • Wedding Music.
      • Loop Collective.
  • Kevin Le Gendre catches up with Rebirth Brass Band leader Philip Frazier

    • Rebirth Brass Band

      All Blues

      Composer: Miles Davis

      • Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band.
      • Mardi Gras Records.
    • Rebirth Brass Band

      Always There

      Composer: Ronnie Laws

      • Rebirth For Life.
      • Tipitina's Records.
  • Trish Clowes Quartet recorded at The Vortex, London on 26 September 2013

    • Line up: Trish Clowes (tenor saxophone); Gareth Williams (piano); Ryan Trebilcock (bass); Tim Giles (drums)

    • Trish Clowes Quartet

      Dreamer

      Composer: Trish Clowes

Brass Mask during their recording session for Spy Boy

Brass Mask during their recording session for Spy Boy

Photo by Alex Bonney © 2013 - All Rights Reserved

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