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TRISH CLOWES
TANGENT

FEATURING GWILYM SIMCOCK

with orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley

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Label Basho Records
Release Date: 1st November 2010
Title "TANGENT”
Artist Trish Clowes
Catalogue Number SRCD 33-2

1 Prelude to a Sketch 2:48

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Gwilym Simcock  Piano
Freddie Gavita  Trumpet
Lindsay Kempley  French Horn
Claire Beard  Flute
George Crowley  Clarinet
Naoko Miyamoto  Violin
Ciaran McCabe  Violin
Triona Milne  Viola
Louise McMonagle  Cello
James Maddren  Drums

2 Search 9:47

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Huw White  Piano
Chris Montague  Guitar
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums
Heidi Parsons  Cello

3 Chalk 1:14

Huw White  Piano
Chris Montague  Guitar
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums

4 Sketch 7:20

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Gwilym Simcock  Piano
Chris Montague  Guitar
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums

With orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley

5 Dreamer 8:46

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Heidi Parsons  Cello
Triona Milne  Viola
Nick Smart  Trumpet
Huw White  Piano
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums

6 Duet 1:11

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Nick Smart  Trumpet

7 Blues for Frisell 3:00

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Chris Montague  Guitar
Nick Smart  Trumpet
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums
Huw White  Piano

8. The Master and Margarita 8:48

Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Gavita  Trumpet
Louise McMonagle  Cello
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums

9. Coloured Eye 4:05

Kathleen Willison  Voice
Trish Clowes  Tenor Saxophone
Chris Montague  Guitar
Calum Gourlay  Bass
James Maddren  Drums
Huw White  Piano

With orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley

The Orchestra
Director: Jules Buckley 
Violins: Ciaran McCabe, Galina Tanney, Alex Afia, Sam Aylward
             Beatrice Philips, Siun Milne, Mark Pedus, Roisin Walters
             Rosie Tompsett, Katie Sharp, Martin Lissola, Songae Kim
Violas: Felix Tanner, Triona Milne, Nichola Blakey, Brooke Day
Cellos: Louise McMonagle, Anna Beryl, Heidi Parsons, Anna Morrison
Basses: Chris Kelly, Calum Gourlay
Clarinet: George Crowley
Bass Clarinet: James Allsopp
Flutes: Sarah Drake (track4), Claire Beard (track9)
Alto Flute: Gareth Lockrane
Oboe: Catriona MacKinnon
Bassoon: Simon Alexander
Trumpets: Nick Smart, Freddie Gavita
Trombones: Robbie Harvey, Jon Stokes
French Horns: Lindsay Kempley, Kira Doherty
Tuba: Pete Smith


Recorded and mixed at the Royal Academy of Music, London
March 2010 by Kirsten Cowie
Mastered by Curtis Schwartz
Produced by Gwilym Simcock
Executive Producer Christine Allen
Photography by Jessie Jones
Cover Design by Yoshiki Bann

All compositions by Trish Clowes / Lyrics to Coloured Eye by Jessie Jones

 

 

Tangent is an ambitious new album from a stunning young saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes whose musical influences come from many sources. The opportunity to write for a full orchestra on a debut album is indeed an unusual one, but this work shows the breadth and scope of Trish's musical vision.  Produced by one of the UK's leading jazz talents pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock, himself no stranger to cross genre work, and with an orchestra conducted by the brilliant Jules Buckley, leader of the hugely successful Heritage Orchestra the album is for Trish " a dream come true".

The works on the album are a mix of compositions for the core sextet featuring Trish Clowes Tenor Saxophone, Huw White Piano, Chris Montague Guitar, Calum Gourlay Double Bass, James Maddren Drums, Heidi Parsons CelloSome of the pieces are augmented with guest musicians including pianist Gwilym Simcock, there is a duo with trumpeter Nick Smart and two pieces with full orchestra one of which features the stunning vocals of Kathleen Willison.

Trish Clowes says of the album:

"When I formed my sextet, Tangent, I wanted to use an interesting group of instrumentalists to create a cross-influence ensemble centred on balancing creative writing and improvising. I wanted an ensemble that was small enough to play at jazz venues, but could still tackle some more adventurous written material. I hoped that one day I would be able to do this on a larger scale and this album has made that dream come true. It therefore seemed appropriate to name my album "Tangent" after the ensemble that has become the core of this project.

Sketch is the fruit of months of pencilling of ideas. Prelude to a Sketch is a mini version of the melodies featured in the larger orchestral place, which I am dedicating to Duke Ellington’s beautiful Prelude to a Kiss. The rest of the music on this album has been specially adapted from existing material for my sextet. Having used such a wealth of musicians on the larger orchestrations, I wanted to spread some of them across the rest of the album so that the music takes the listener on a journey from the opening phrase to the last track.”

The release of the album will coincide with a UK tour generously supported by Jazz Services.

Trish Clowes was born on May 11th 1984. She grew up surrounded by music and began taking piano lessons at the age of 4, quickly discovering a love for making up her own tunes. Later she took up the clarinet before finding jazz and the saxophone.

Trish began her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2003 on the jazz course, enjoying the tuition and guidance of Iain Ballamy and Pete Churchill. Here she was able to perform with the likes of Kenny Wheeler, Stan Sulzmann, Peter Erskine and Dave Holland. Trish’s interest in composition grew beyond the standard jazz form, experimenting with tango, string quartet music and poem setting. In 2006 she won the Malcolm Williamson Prize foran educational narrative & composition for children.

After finishing at the Academy Trish continued to be mentored by Iain Ballamy as well as taking lessons with the composer Hans Koller. In 2008 she was awarded a Musician’s Benevolent Fund Development Award and founded her sextet Tangent. Trish asked the vocalist Kathleen Willison to become involved and she has since featured with Tangent on several occasions to perform Trish’s songs, uses various poems/text.

Trish has performed with the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, at the London Saxophone Festival 2006, London Jazz Festival 2009, Vortex Jazz Club, 606 Jazz Club and various other UK venues. Commissions include “Kailaralia” played by the Tryst Piano Trio at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007, “Wintertime” for the Phoenix Singers (December 2008) and “Trapeze” for the Threads Orchestra (2009).
www.trishclowes.com

AUTUMN TOUR DATES

2nd November St Ives Jazz Club 8 p.m. for 9 p.m. £10/6
The Western Hotel, Royal Square, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2ND
01736 798061 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              01736 798061      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.stivesjazzclub.com

9th November Cardiff Dempseys 9 p.m. £5/4
15 Castle Street Cardiff CF10 1BS 02920496802
homepage.ntlworld.com/brenda.obrien1

11th November Shrewsbury School (Maidment Building) 7.30 p.m. £10/8
Shrewsbury School, The Schools, Shrewsbury, SY3 7BA 01743 280581 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              01743 280581      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
www.shrewsbury.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=beyond.content&cmid=848

12th November London Southbank Centre Clore Ballroom Royal Festival Hall 1 p.m. Free Part of the London Jazz Festival in association with Radio 3
www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/

12th November London Ray’s Jazz 6 p.m. Free
113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB 020 7437 5660 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              020 7437 5660      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

19th November Birmingham Symphony Hall Foyer Rush Hour Blues 6 p.m. Free 0121 224 7380 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0121 224 7380      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.birminghamjazz.co.uk

24th November Manchester Matt and Phreds 9 p.m. Free
64 Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LW
0161 831 7002 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0161 831 7002      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.mattandphreds.com

25th November Leeds Wardrobe 9 p.m. Free
6 St Peter's Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH 0113 383 8800 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0113 383 8800      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.thewardrobe.co.uk

5th December Lowestoft Milestones Jazz Club 8 p.m. for 8.30 p.m. £7/6
Hotel Hatfield The Esplanade Lowestoft Suffolk NR33 0QG
01502 568684 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              01502 568684      end_of_the_skype_highlighting www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk

10th December Bristol Bebop Club 8.30 p.m. for 9 p.m. £8/7
The Bear, Hotwell Road, Bristol BS8 4SF www.thebebopclub.co.uk

Tour generously supported by Jazz Services www.jazzservices.org.uk

PRESS REVIEWS

09/01/2011 Bruce Lindsay, Allaboutjazz

Tangent is an impressive debut which makes clear Clowes' emerging talents as a musician, composer and arranger. With her abilities established, Clowes has the potential to become a distinctive new voice on the UK jazz scene.
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31/10/2010 Dave Gelly, The Observer

With the rising generation of British, college-educated jazz musicians, it's often hard to separate the instrumentalist from the composer. Take 26-year-old Trish Clowes. She plays wonderful tenor saxophone with a lightness of tone reminiscent of the young Stan Getz and composes luminous music that inhabits that intriguing world at the ill-defined edges of jazz and contemporary classical music. The nine pieces on her debut album range from a improvised duet with trumpeter Nick Smart to two compositions for 35-piece orchestra. Most of the names listed are new to me, which is exciting in itself.

29/10/2010 Jack Massarik, Evening Standard 4 stars****

Not many young women have broken through the ranks playing tenor sax but Trish Clowes is a stylish exception. Her pure, lyrical sound has been likened to Stan Getz but I hear Charles Lloyd, especially in the upper register. She writes remarkably well too, not only for a conventional jazz line-up but also for strings, and for a player as eminent as pianist Gwilym Simcock to guest on her debut album is further indication of her talent. Look out for her in 2011 and at Ray's Jazz at Foyles at 6pm on the opening day of next month's London Jazz Festival.

24/10/2010 Julian Joseph, Jazz Line Up 2

“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.”

15/10/2010 Yorkshire Post

“Jazz players generally have to wait for senior status before they get orchestral accompaniments, but Trish Clowes, a young tenor player and composer, has gone that route for her debut. And a fine album it is too, full of promise and interesting ideas. The presence of pianist Gwilym Simcock as a guiding hand is beneficial, but Clowes scores with a light, spacious and uncluttered style, aided by a good sextet and some attractive writing for the orchestral passages. She's plainly a talented player with a bright future.” 

10/10/2010 Chris Parker, Vortex

the music is intensely melodic, fluent and cogent, and some of the 'guest' appearances, notably Louise McMonagle's cello solo on 'The Master and Margarita' and the contribution of trumpeter Freddie Gavita to the same track, are finely judged. Clowes is already, in her mid-twenties, a much-commissioned composer, having provided material for the Tryst Piano Trio, the Phoenix Singers and the Threads Orchestra, and Tangent is both a useful showcase for her considerable compositional and instrumental talents, and a satisfying appetiser for Tangent's winter 2010 UK tour

08/10/2010 John Fordham, The Guardian

Clowes has a warm and sensuous sound, reflective at times of Bobby Wellins and Stan Getz...Clowes's promise – and ambitious vision – is palpable

 

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