Confront Recordings present… Ed Jones/Mark Wastell Duo. Saturday 16th May at 7:30pm

unnamedSaxophonist Ed Jones has been at the forefront of the British jazz scene for over twenty five years. Throughout this period he has toured and recorded with his own critically acclaimed groups and added his name to over 150 published studio sessions. His collaborations reflect his diverse musical interests: John Stevens, Evan Parker, George Benson, Dr Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Clifford Jarvis, Incognito, Us3, Nostagia 77, D’Angelo, Bootsy Collins, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Carlene Anderson, Noel McCoy and Omar to name but a few.

“A formidable saxophonist …. an improvisor to his fingertips, a player of forceful Imagination … ” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

“The vigorous, sometimes downright volcanic tenor sound of Ed Jones has long been one of the great live delights of British Jazz. His barnstorming ‘terrier with a rat’ approach raises the musics temperature wherever he solos“. (Chris Parker, Jazzwise)

Multi-instrumentalist Mark Wastell has been active as a musician since 1995, making his initial concerts with the trio IST featuring Rhodri Davies and Simon H. Fell. He has performed and recorded across the globe and has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, John Butcher, Evan Parker, Lasse Marhaug, Tony Conrad, Keith Rowe, John Zorn, Peter Kowald, Joachim Nordwall, Otomo Yoshihide, Burkhard Beins and David Toop. Mark also runs the Confront Recordings record label.

Over the last 40 odd years, free improvisation in Britain has shown itself capable of renewal and innovation on several occasions. Mark Wastell has made an important contribution to this renewal. His work has generated sufficient interest and influence for it to attract new movement and genre labels from writers and critics, and it has sent ripples through both UK and international improvised music. However, no sooner has one label been applied, than Mark has moved on to new territory”. (Stuart Riddle)

Door 7:30 | Music 8pm | Entry £8

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