BBC Young Musician jazz final winner: Deschanel Gordon

Broadcast earlier on BBC4 the winner of the BBC Young Musician jazz final was announced as Deschanel Gordon. Presented by YoLanda Brown judges on the night at Cadogan Hall were Orphy Robinson, Guy Barker and Nubya Garcia. The finalists were …

Published: 22 Nov 2020. Updated: 55 days.

Broadcast earlier on BBC4 the winner of the BBC Young Musician jazz final was announced as Deschanel Gordon.

Presented by YoLanda Brown judges on the night at Cadogan Hall were Orphy Robinson, Guy Barker and Nubya Garcia. The finalists were accompanied by Nikki Yeoh, piano, Mike Mondesir, bass and Mark Mondesir, drums. These finalists were the winner pianist Deschanel Gordon, double bassist Kielan Sheard, saxophonist Alex Clarke, saxophonist Matt Carmichael, and guitarist Ralph Porrett. Watch

2018 winner saxophonist Xhosa Cole performed with a reworking of 'Georgia on My Mind' in terms of George Floyd, a reference to the killing by police of the African-American man who died during an arrest in Minneapolis that sparked global protests.

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Will Glaser and James Allsopp, New River Ramble

Through a glass darkly? Possibly. Glass half full positivity, without giving away too much of the plot, more like. A drums/saxophone duo. James Allsopp hitherto known mainly as a bass clarinettist is instead on tenor saxophone recording back in …

Published: 22 Nov 2020. Updated: 55 days.

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Through a glass darkly? Possibly. Glass half full positivity, without giving away too much of the plot, more like. A drums/saxophone duo. James Allsopp hitherto known mainly as a bass clarinettist is instead on tenor saxophone recording back in August. The pieces are about the right length, roughly averaging a little under 13 minutes each. (Why that is the right figure, an ''elapsarian'' may ponder.)

The second track beginning higher in the register contains some great tonguing. Will Glaser's method is as accompanist because that is really his role here and he does it in a colour-laden way as much superdooper listener as gifted drummer although obviously that too. However, by now the penny has dropped, Allsopp clearly steals the limelight even in such an open music-making domain. 'Paul and the Second City Steamer' is beefy and more hymnal and as the track goes on Allsopp becomes more gravelly and very bluesy. Crisp cymbal work and sticking from Glaser at the beginning of 'The Cosmic Serpent' by the way. Very good sound quality as you'll know when you listen. Not feeling ''it'' any more? You may find suitable restoration here in all freeformness if you shuffle by in from the cold after that very ''it'' but will definitely be ravenous for all this freewheeling and even more. Out now. Will Glaser photo, via Bandcamp