Geoff Gascoyne & Iain Mackenzie: a swingin' Song Book
To be released December 2017
Bassist Geoff Gascoyne and vocalist Iain Mackenzie release an album of 13 carefully crafted, brand new songs, all co-composed in the ‘Great American Songbook’ tradition and beautifully recorded with a 37 piece orchestra made up of big band and strings.
Gascoyne’s meticulous production delivers a true classic and authentic sound, while Mackenzie brings to life timeless lyrics of love and romance, of hopes and dreams with a style straight from the ‘cool school’ of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
Trudy Kerr: The House
For her new album The House Trudy has collaborated with pianist Andrea Vicari. For the past few years they have been performing duo gigs around London, and on hearing Andrea’s original compositions Trudy was inspired to write lyrics to her beautiful tunes.
“I really wanted the challenge to sing and write something stylistically new, and Andrea’s songs were the perfect vehicle. The lyrics are about people and places in my life and I hope my honesty will resonate with my audience.”
Joining them on the album are bassist Geoff Gascoyne and Martin Hathaway playing sax, flute and clarinet.
Derek Nash: new album
Following on from the British Jazz Award-winning Joyriding – which received the Best CD award in 2012 – this new CD from the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet is set to be another hit!
You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? Is rather a long and unconventional title for a CD but it came from a fantastic list of advice courtesy of legendary jazz pianist, Thelonius Monk. Saxophonist, Steve Lacy, transcribed the list in 1960. In the middle of many wonderful lines of unexpected and idiosyncratic phrases, one stood out – You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? This inspired a melody to fit the phrase and led Derek to compose the title track. These and other wise words guided the feel of the whole album. Hope you dig it too!
Trudy Kerr's Contemplation: "a fantastic compilation"
Trudy Kerr's album Contemplation, released a few months ago, is a fantastic compilation of her favourite tracks from an impressive catalogue of ten different recordings with a practical 'who's who' of British Jazz in her lineups including her husband Geoff Gascoyne, Seb de Krom, Tom Cawley, Dick Pearce, Jim Mullen, Martin Shaw, Derek Nash and Andy Panayi and more.
You wouldn't notice that these beautiful, fluid songs are in fact from a multitude of times and phases, as Trudy's wonderfully flexible, consistently warm sound hasn't changed a bit from album to album, and the songs fit wonderfully together.
London Jazz News: Interview with Derek Nash
Saxophonist Derek Nash has a new Acoustic Quartet CD on Jazzizit Records, "You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?" In this interview with Alison Bentley, he talked about the background to this new album, and also about his work with Sax Appeal, Jools Holland and Paul McCartney, and tells the story of the recording of Jamie Cullum’s first album.
London Jazz News: Where does the title of your new album come from?
Derek Nash: There’s a list of notes that the saxophonist Steve Lacey transcribed of Thelonious Monk’s advice: it’s things like: ‘Make the drummer sound good.’ ‘Stop playing all those weird notes.’ Slap bang in the middle is this: ‘You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?’ As soon as I read that I was inspired to write a piece of music, and I just used the rhythm of that phrase.
Everybody Says Don't
Mark Jennett’s new album Everybody Says Don't has received fantastic reviews.
Produced by Geoff Gascoyne, the album features sophisticated reinterpretations of 20th century standards from writers as diverse as Cole Porter and Randy Newman.
Jazzwise called it “hugely enjoyable” and Jazz Rag described it as “refreshingly original – a standout performance”. Broadway.com says Mark “sounds like he’s living in the skin of each song”.