Martin Speake and Liam Noble in The Chapel

The fact a student came along and recorded this duo performance by alto saxophonist Martin Speake and pianist Liam Noble one August lunchtime five years ago made all the difference. Because this release otherwise would not have existed. In the …

Published: 24 May 2020. Updated: 45 days.

The fact a student came along and recorded this duo performance by alto saxophonist Martin Speake and pianist Liam Noble one August lunchtime five years ago made all the difference. Because this release otherwise would not have existed. In the current climate of not being able to attend live performances at all a recording such as this takes on an extra dimension, a novelty if you like. Certainly you get a sense of place, the character-laden quality of the recording in the historic Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich is an invisible third member. Tunes are very familiar: Speake quite poetic and attentive to the strains of 'Round Midnight,' 'Epistrophy' and more; Noble, as so often, a sensitive presence capable of blindsiding the listener with his oblique diversions and impressionistic touch. Martin Speake top. Photo: Bandcamp

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'Gravel Baron' from the Dave Storey trio streams

We'll have to wait another week for the rest of Jouska, new from drummer Dave Storey's trio. If 'Gravel Baron' is anything to go by we are in for a treat. With James Allsopp on saxophone and Conor Chaplin from Dinosaur on bass Jouska is mostly …

Published: 23 May 2020. Updated: 46 days.

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We'll have to wait another week for the rest of Jouska, new from drummer Dave Storey's trio. If 'Gravel Baron' is anything to go by we are in for a treat.

With James Allsopp on saxophone and Conor Chaplin from Dinosaur on bass Jouska is mostly composed by either Allsopp (as in 'Gravel Baron') or Storey, with 'Chelsea Bridge' by Billy Strayhorn the sole standard.

An attractive, loosely swinging retro sound built from the ground up by Chaplin, Allsopp is usually more of an avant garde player but here on 'Gravel Baron' he is in a Joshua Redman-like mood, while Storey is tidy and convincing as he rustles up a neat groove.

Dave Storey, top. Photo via Bandcamp