Nick Malcolm Quartet
Trumpeter Nick Malcolm has emerged in the last couple of years as one to watch on the British scene. Here leading his quartet in concert at the Vortex Jazz Club in Dalston, East London, his ambitious compositional and playing style comes to the fore in music that merges short, cell-like themes with loose improvisational structures. The quartet's soundworld incorporates echoes of Miles Davis hardbop and 20th-century chamber music, as well as more avant-garde leanings. Experienced free improvisers, pianist Alexander Hawkins and bassist Olie Brice take the music in unexpected directions, while drummer Mark Whitlam offers traces of the groove-music scene of Malcolm's native Bristol.
Also on the programme, journalist Stephen Graham explores a growing trend of bands that are stripping away harmonic complexity and putting melody and groove at the heart of their music.
Presenter: Kevin Le Gendre
Producer: Chris Elcombe.