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Curios with Iain Ballamy

From the Vortex jazz club in London, a special collaboration between saxophonist Iain Ballamy and pianist Tom Cawley's Curios. With Sam Burgess (bass) and Joshua Blackmore (drums).

Saxophonist Iain Ballamy joins forces with pianist Tom Cawley's Curios at the Vortex Jazz Club in London, for a special collaboration masterminded by Jazz on 3.

Cawley is a long-time admirer of Ballamy's playing and was briefly taught by the saxophonist while studying in London, but this is the first time they've performed together in public.

Featuring new compositions by both musicians, the result is a rollercoaster set that juxtaposes languid melodies and shape-shifting grooves. Cawley and Ballamy craft searching improvisations, while bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Joshua Blackmore keep the quartet on their toes with stuttering cross-rhythms and bursts of broken swing.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • New Release

    • The Spike Orchestra

      Gehegial

      Composer: John Zorn

      • A World Of Piano.
      • Contemporary Records.
  • Curios featuring Iain Ballamy in concert at the Vortex, London on 3rd September 2015

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      Mistakes

      Composer: Tom Cawley

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      Strawberries

      Composer: Iain Ballamy

  • My Day In Music: Tom Cawley

    • Phineas Newborn

      Daahound

      Composer: Clifford Brown

      • A World Of Piano.
      • Columbia.
    • Wayne Shorter

      Joy Ryder

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

      • Joy Ryder.
      • Columbia.
  • Curios featuring Iain Ballamy in concert at the Vortex, London on 3rd September 2015

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      Captive

      Composer: Tom Cawley

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      El Tranquilo

      Composer: Iain Ballamy

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      Untitled Ballad

      Composer: Tom Cawley

    • Tom Cawley's Curios & Iain Ballamy

      What’s In A Name?

      Composer: Iain Ballamy

  • Unsung Heroes: Sarah Gail Brand in conversation with Alex Ward

    • Derek Bailey & Alex Ward

      Studio 1

      Composer: Derek Bailey / Alex Ward

      • LOCationAL.
      • Incus.
    • Eric Dolphy

      Hypochristmutreefuzz

      Composer: Misha Mengelberg

      • The Complete Last Recordings - In Hilversum & Paris 1964.
      • Domino Records.
    • Predicate

      Nails

      Composer: Alex Ward

      • Nails.
      • Gaffer Records.
    • Alex Ward Quintet

      Glass Shelves And Floor (version 2 - live)

      Composer: Alex Ward

      • Glass Shelves And Floor.
      • Copepod Records.
  • Mark Lockheart Introduces Malija

    • Malija

      Wayne's World

      Composer: Liam Noble

      • The Day I Had Everything.
      • Edition Records.
    • Malija

      Mr Wrack

      Composer: Liam Noble

      • The Day I Had Everything.
      • Edition Records.
    • Malija

      With One Voice

      Composer: Mark Lockheart

      • The Day I Had Everything.
      • Edition Records.

Line up:

Iain Ballamy (saxophones); Tom Cawley (piano); Sam Burgess (double bass); Joshua Blackmore (drums)

Broadcast

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