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.
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Alexander Hawkins Trio in concert at Cafe OTO, London on 13 April 2015
Stephen Graham speaks to drummer Steve Davis