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Alexander Hawkins Trio

Jez Nelson presents British pianist Alexander Hawkins in concert at London's Cafe Oto with his trio featuring bassist Neil Charles and drummer Tom Skinner. Plus new jazz releases.

Jez Nelson presents British pianist Alexander Hawkins in concert with his trio featuring bassist Neil Charles and drummer Tom Skinner.

Over the past few years Alexander Hawkins has built a reputation as one of the most diverse and in-demand musicians on the scene and is now regarded amongst Europe's finest improvisers and composers. On Jazz on 3, we've heard him playing everything from free jazz with drummer Louis Moholo to large-ensemble pieces inspired by the Baroque period - an eclectic outlook that he's maintained throughout his career so far, which also includes time with Ethiopian groove veteran Mulatu Astatke and a healthy affinity with the Hammond B3 organ in Decoy. It might come as a surprise that the piano trio format is something that Hawkins has only recently started to explore as a leader - and here in concert at London's Cafe OTO his trio perform new music from their debut album, released earlier this spring.

Also in the programme jazz critic and blogger Stephen Graham joins Jez for a roundup of the best new releases, and profiles Northern Irish drummer Steve Davis who recently joined forces with New Yorkers Kris Davis and Ralph Alessi for a new project.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe & Miranda Hinkley.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ornette Coleman Tribute

    • Jerry Garcia, Prime Time & Ornette Coleman

      3 Wishes

      • Virgin Beauty.
      • Portrait.
  • Jazz critic and blogger Stephen Graham joins Jez for a roundup of new releases

    • The Bad Plus & Joshua Redman

      County Seat

      • The Bad Plus Joshua Redman.
      • Nonesuch.
    • Binker & Moses

      Black Ave Maria

      • Dem Ones.
      • Gearbox Records.
    • Samuel Blaser

      Scootin' About

      • Spring Rain.
      • Whirlwind Records.
    • Kris Davis

      Union Forever

      • Save Your Breath.
      • Clean Feed Records.
  • Alexander Hawkins Trio in concert at Cafe OTO, London on 13 April 2015

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      For The People

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      One Tree Found

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      Sweet Duke

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      40HB (For Taylor Ho Bynum)

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      Art

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      Rubra

    • Alexander Hawkins Trio

      Elmoic

  • Stephen Graham speaks to drummer Steve Davis

    • Bourne Davis Kane

      Round Midnight

      • Lost Something.
      • Edition Records.
    • Human

      Vinila Life

      • Being Human.
      • Babel Label.
    • Colm Murphy

      Reels: The London Lasses, The Glass Of Beer, Dickie Dwyer’s

      • An Bodhran: The Irish Drum.
      • Gael Linn.
    • Sugar Blade Trio

      Mira Mira

      • Forthcoming.

Line up:

Alexander Hawkins (piano); Neil Charles (double bass); Tom Skinner (drums)

Broadcast

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