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"Basho Music, rapidly emerging as one of the UK's most dynamic organisations in promoting and recording contemporary jazz" AllAboutJazz.com

TRISH CLOWES

POCKET COMPASS

Pocket Compass

with TANGENT and the

BBCCO

conducted by André de Ridder

CHRISTOPH STIEFEL

BIG SHIP

Big Ship

BIG SHIP

Christoph Stiefel (piano), Arne Huber(double bass), Kevin Chesham (drums)

THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN

Internationally Recognised Aliens

Aliens

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED ALIENS is the 2nd album from THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN

Gwilym Simcock piano, Mike Walker guitar, Steve Swallow bass, Steve Rodby bass, Adam Nussbaum drums, produced by Steve Rodby

As their name suggests, The Impossible Gentlemen are no ordinary band. Crossing generational and geographical boundaries, this jazz supergroup is a special, unique experience both for the musicians and for audiences. As the band convenes relatively infrequently, every gig and every recording is a magical event that captures something once seemingly ‘impossible’

KIT DOWNES

Light From Old Stars

Light from old stars

LIGHT FROM OLD STARS is the third album from Kit Downes

Kit Downes - Piano, James Allsopp - reeds, Lucy Railton - cello, Calum Gourlay - Double Bass, James Maddren - Drums

 ‘The dynamic goings on in the heavens are betrayed by the permanence, the stillness we actually experience when we look up, a steady evenness portrayed in this music, but stars also in their slow way reflect our own cycle of building, growing, peaking, declining, and ending - as heard in Wander and Collossus - a transformation both throughout our lives and into new life.’ Daniella Scalice, NASA Astrobiology Institute – 15/9/2012

THE GOLDEN AGE OF STEAM

Welcome to Bat Counrty

STEAM

THE GOLDEN AGE OF STEAM
WELCOME TO BAT COUNTRY
Release Date: 15th October 2012

James Allsopp (Reeds, Klaxons, Voice), Kit Downes (Hammond Organ, Keyboards), Tim Giles (Drums) With: Ruth Goller (Electric Bass, tracks 1 & 3), Alex Bonney (Trumpets, Tracks 1 & 2), James Widden (Violin and Viola, Tracks 1 & 4), Alison Holford (Cello, Track 4), Andrew Plummer (Spoken Intro to Track 5), Freddie the Cat (Purring, Track 2)

"They sculpt progressive aural explorations of space that range in character from avant-garde classical to deconstructed blues" (Metro)

CHRISTOPH STIEFEL

LIVE!

lIVE

INNER LANGUAGE TRIO
“LIVE!”

Christoph Stiefel (piano), Thomas Lähns (double bass), Lionel Friedli (drums), Kevin Chesham (drums)*
“With wonderful clarity and precision their music combines lyricism, poetry and whirling grooves. Certainly one of the best piano trios in Switzerland!”
Fribourg - La Liberté
Release Date: 1st October 2012

TRISH CLOWES

and in the night-time she is there

Clowes TRISH CLOWES'S LATEST ALBUM FEATURING GWILYM SIMCOCK and THOMAS GOULD
RELEASE DATE 17TH SEPTEMBER 2012

NIKKI ILES

HUSH

 

HUSH

NIKKI ILES (piano), RUFUS REID (bass), JEFF WILLIAMS (drums)

"If I hear a better album this year than Nikki Iles’ Hush (Basho) I will be very surprised". Brian Blain JazzUK

THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN

THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN

The Impossible Gentlemen

THE IMPOSSIBLE GENTLEMEN

GWILYM SIMCOCK piano, MIKE WALKER guitar, STEVE SWALLOW bass, ADAM NUSSBAUM drums

"nothing short of sensational" The Guardian

"Imagine guitarist Pat Metheny's trio masterpiece, Day Trip (Nonesuch, 2007), add a pianist of commensurate genius, and you are banging on the disc's front door. It is that good". Allaboutjazz

JULIAN SIEGEL

URBAN THEME PARK

Urban Theme Park

JULIAN SIEGEL TRIO WITH LIAM NOBLE ON PIANO, OLI HAYHURST ON BASS AND GENE CALDERAZZO ON DRUMS

"Virtuoso post bop quartet" The Guardian
"Entirely distinctive and very original" The Observer
"A world class saxophonist" Jazz UK.

KIT DOWNES

QUIET TIGER

Quiet Tiger

KIT DOWNES' TRIO WITH CALUM GOURLAY BASS AND JAMES MADDREN DRUMS
WITH JAMES ALLSOPP AND ADRIEN DENNEFELD

“Everyone's favourite young pianist”. The Observer

 

TRISH CLOWES

TANGENT

Tangent "Trish Clowes is a young saxophonist and composer recording for the Basho label. She has a tone and style that is reminiscent of Iain Ballamy, with whom she studied, and she writes tastefully for orchestra as well as her band… The music is ambitious, fresh and experimental. Trish is a talent to watch for 2011". Julian Joseph – BBC Radio 3, Jazz Line-Up

Tangent is an ambitious new album from stunning young saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes whose musical influences come from many sources. PRODUCED BY GWILYM SIMCOCK WITH ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JULES BUCKLEY

GWILYM SIMCOCK

BLUES VIGNETTE

Blues Vignette

GWILYM SIMCOCK'S NEW DOUBLE ALBUM FEATURING SOLO PIANO AND TRIO WITH YURI GOLOUBEV BASS AND JAMES MADDREN DRUMS

"Gwilym Simcock has moved to a completely new level" Jazzwise 4 stars**** 

KIT DOWNES

GOLDEN

Golden

Mercury PrizeKIT DOWNES' TRIO WITH CALUM GOURLAY BASS AND JAMES MADDREN DRUMS

"unpretentiously brilliant and full of subtle touches" The Observer

HUW WARREN

HERMETO +

Hermeto +

HUW WARREN PIANO, PETER HERBERT BASS, MARTIN FRANCE DRUMS

"a pleasure from beginning to end" Allaboutjazz.com

JULIAN ARGUELLES

MOMENTA

Momenta

JULIAN ARGUELLES WITH THE FRANKFURT RADIO BIG BAND FEATURING GWILYM SIMCOCK

"Perfection" Duncan Heining, JazzUK

LIAM NOBLE

BRUBECK

Brubeck

LIAM NOBLE TRIO "BRUBECK"
Liam Noble piano, Dave Whitford bass, Dave Wickins drums

"This CD will be an inspiration and a challenge for me to carry on in the avenues that you have opened. I've never gone so far into the unknown as you three but I have opened the door and peeked in. Your CD is an invitation to enter." Dave Brubeck

JULIAN SIEGEL

LIVE AT THE VORTEX

Julian Siegel Trio JULIAN SIEGEL TRIO WITH JOEY BARON AND GREG COHEN
“LIVE AT THE VORTEX”

"This Trio is full of Music and Magic and will capture you as it did me with repeated listening..Bravo !!!" Joe Lovano
"Dazzling" Observer
“This latest trio project seems once again to have struck gold" Jazzwise
“Kept an awestruck audience on tenterhooks” JazzUK
“Musical bliss” Birmingham Post

ALEC DANKWORTH

SPANISH ACCENTS

Alec Dankworth’s long-standing love of all things Spanish provided the inspiration for this album. Metheny, Corea, even Rodrigo are reinvented alongside traditional folk songs and originals in flamenco rhythms creating a wonderful and genuinely Spanish world. A heady mix of top British players - guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Arguelles, Chris Garrick’s gorgeous violin, and Alec Dankworth’s bass interweaving with the genuinely Spanish drumwork of Barcelona-based Marc Miralta make this an unusual line-up. Added to this is some intriguing drone-work from French bagpipe expert Jean-Pierre Rasle. Three tracks include singing from the youngest member of the Dankworth dynasty, Emily, as well as the great Cleo Laine.

COMPILATION

A FEAST OF BASHO

A Compilation album featured on the April issue of Jazzwise. 15 briiliant tracks from some of the best Basho albums.

NEON

HERE TO THERE

NEON - here to there

Neon is a new collaboration led by legendary UK saxophonist Stan Sulzmann featuring two of the hottest stars on the UK jazz scene, pianist Gwilym Simcock and vibraphonist Jim Hart. This is fresh, vibrant, exhilarating, uplifting, melodic music of the highest order played by three virtuosi.The album launch party will be on Tuesday 27th May at St Cyprian’s Church in Marylebone at 6.30 p.m.

RELEASE DATE 12TH MAY 2008

GWILYM SIMCOCK

PERCEPTION

Gwilym Simcock Perception

Nominated for "Best Album" in the BBC Jazz Awards 2008

his stunning album demonstrates Gwilym’s remarkable strengths as composer, his extraordinary abilities on the piano and showcases the two main ensembles he has developed with some of the UK’s finest musicians. Produced by Jason Yarde (twice Mercury nominated), and featuring the great saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, leading guitarist John Parricelli, and the outstanding rhythm section of bassist Phil Donkin, drummer Martin France, percussionist Ben Bryant, Perception was launched at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 16th November with Gwilym’s sextet playing support to jazz legend Charlie Haden on the opening night of the 2007 London Jazz Festival.

PAUL BOOTH

NO LOOKING BACK

Paul Booth - No Looking Back 2007 is an exciting year for Paul Booth. This year the Paul Booth Quintet are on tour with their new album, and Paul is also touring with rock legend Steve Winwood, Arnie Somogyi’s Ambulance, Tim Garland’s Northern Underground Orchestra and Derek Nash's Sax Appeal. Paul’s second album No Looking Back showcases Paul’s modern melodic sensibilities with intricate rhythms across a number of original compositions. The solid rhythm section underpins some frantic improvisation and there is a real sense of interplay.

TIM LAPTHORN

SEVENTH SENSE

Chris Laurence's New View In the wake of his successful album “Natural Language” (Basho Records SRCD 9-2) Tim returns with a sparkling set of material featuring Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums). Seventh Sense puts the emphasis squarely back on the art of heartfelt improvisation and storytelling. The idea of the recording was to approach a number of new unrehearsed tunes with a clean slate and to see what happened. Most the tracks are first takes and there is virtually no editing, giving the music a very natural joyous feeling.

IAIN BALLAMY

MORE JAZZ

Iain Ballamy's Anorak More Jazz I’ve not heard Anorak live, but this album makes me want to rectify this oversight right away. This robust, yet thoughtful album sees Ballamy taking on the jazz mainstream on his own terms. It is an affectionate love letter to the jazz styles of the 1950s and 1960s which drew him into jazz, but refracted and gently distorted through the prism of his wide musical experiences (which would take several pages of closely written A4 to describe). Stuart Nicholson, Jazzwise 4 stars****

CHRIS LAURENCE

NEW VIEW

Chris Laurence's New View Chris Laurence has been the driving force behind many projects across all musical styles – classical, jazz, rock and film music. Despite his vast experience and huge reputation, Chris has never released an album under his own name. His album New View (Basho Records SRCD 18-2) features long time collaborators Frank Ricotti on vibraphone, John Parricelli on guitar, Martin France on drums and very special guest singer Norma Winstone. The compositions on the album are all by musicians Chris has worked with over the years including Steve Swallow, Joni Mitchell, John Surman & Kenny Wheeler.

"a superb album, initially easy on the ear, yet revealing fresh subtleties each time it's played" Chris Parker

JULIAN ARGUELLES

PARTITA

Julian Arguelles' Partita

The Julian Arguelles Trio with Michael Formanek and Tom Rainey. Featuring Julian’s original compositions, this new Cd Partita was recorded in June 2005 in New York City, and will be released in October on Basho Records. To promote the album there will be 10 date UK tour in October which will be a double bill with Basho artist Liam Noble.

"This is very sophisticated contemporary jazz". The Guardian 4 stars

CHRISTIAN BREWER

SEESAW

Seesaw - Christian Brewer

21/07/2006 Jack Massarik, Evening Standard
JAZZ CD OF THE WEEK Christian Brewer Quintet Seesaw 4 ****stars. "Altoist Brewer and his precocious colleagues, pianist Leon Greening and vibist Jim Hart, deliver a joyful brand of British neo-bop that swings with power, fluency and confidence".

FRANK HARRISON

FIRST LIGHT

Frank Harrison First Light

"but it’s Harrison who stands out on a session which is as delicate and expressive as anything else I’ve heard, helped by a crystal clear recording. It’s simply beautiful". 06/04/2006 Peter Bevan, Northern Echo

MARK LOCKHEART

MOVING AIR

Mark Lockheart - Moving Air

"Were Lockheart living in New York, he’d likely be a part of the circle that includes saxophonists David Binney, Chris Potter and guitarist Adam Rogers. That's recommendation enough for jazz fans outside the UK to step beyond their own defined circles and check out a player as contemporary and significant as any of his American counterparts" AllAboutJazz.com

LIAM NOBLE

ROMANCE AMONG THE FISHES

Romance Among the Fishes - Liam Noble

'The sharp-end American bass/drums duo of New York downtowners Drew Gress and Tom Rainey were mixed into another cocktail on Monday, playing the music of the British pianist Liam Noble, with Phil Robson on guitar...the percussively algebraic finale Jitters brought inventive collective jittering of a clarity, focus and density that sounded like the music of regular partners'. John Fordham, The Guardian

CHRIS HIGGINBOTTOM

ONE

One - Chris Higginbottom


"Up-to-the-minute and frighteningly accomplished" Dave Gelly The Observer

THE COMMITTEE DVD

with previously unreleased music by

PINK FLOYD

and "Fire" performed by

THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN

“The Committee is directed by Peter Sykes and based on a chilling fable by Max Steuer. Although discernably influenced by Harold Pinter, R.D.Laing and recent Czech movies, the film has a savage narrative life of its own.” Kenneth Tynan, The Observer, 9 June 1968

AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME SINCE ITS ORIGINAL CINEMA RELEASE IN 1968.

Starring: Paul Jones

Featured Interlude: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

Musical Score composed and performed by: Pink Floyd

GEOFF EALES

SYNERGY

Synergy - Geoff Eales

"A fascinating hour's music." Dave Gelly, The Observer, Jan 16th 2005

"beautifully executed....It’s the kind of record that could easily get passed over in the glare or brasher projects, and that would be a shame.” Kenny Mathieson, Jazzwise Feb 2005

STAN SULZMANN QUARTET

THE JIGSAW

Jigsaw

"in the realm of post bop it simply doesn't get any better than this" John Kelman
"compulsively listenable". Chris Parker, Jazz at Ronnie Scott's
"as good as it gets". RAY COMISKEY, THE IRISH TIMES, 17 SEPT Five Stars*****

TIM LAPTHORN TRIO

NATURAL LANGUAGE

Natural Language “ Joyful and unpretentious.. handsomely performed” Richard Cook, Jazz Review Nov 2004

KATHLEEN WILLISON TRIO

CLOSE TO YOU

Close to You

"a singer with a keen musical intelligence and an indisputable sense of personality"
Peter Quinn, Jazzwise

"This is what the jazz fandom yearn and dream for"
Karl Stober e-jazznews

MARTIN SPEAKE WITH ETHAN IVERSON

MY IDEAL

My Ideal

"very beautiful recording...we really must believe in Martin Speake".
Ken Cheetham, Jazz Views

" listen again and it soon begins to stand comparison with anyone, anywhere". Phil Johnson, The Independent

TONY WOODS PROJECT

LOWLANDS

Lowlands

"inventive and imaginative release" Guardian 4 stars Feb 2005

"It’s jazz of admirable freshness and originality" Yorkshire Post

NIKKI ILES TRIO

EVERYTHING I LOVE

Everything I Love "A formidable UK jazz presence rising to her full height" John Fordham, The Guardian 4 stars Feb 2004.

LIAM NOBLE GROUP

IN THE MEANTIME

In the Meantime

"It's hard to exaggerate just how good this album is". Brian Morton Jazz Review, April 2003

MARTIN SPEAKE/NIKKI ILES

SECRET

Secret

"Secret is an album of jazz of a very high order from a group that puts to shame many much-hyped American bands." Andrew Vine, Yorkshire Post 13th April 2002

"..modest little gem of intelligent but highly approachable small-band music." Dave Gelly, The Observer March 2002 Album of the Week

EPHIE RESNICK

NEW YORK SURVIVOR AND THE STRUGGLE

New York Survivor The Struggle

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