August 22, 2008
Spotlight Moments for Tight Trio at The Rainbow ; Jazz
By MARTIN LONGLEY
MIDLANDS saxophonist Chris Bowden will be revealing his latest combo next week and heralding the release of an accompanying album.
They'll be playing at The Rainbow in Digbeth, Birmingham, on Wednesday as part of the pub's regular Jazz Club sessions.
Bassist Ben Markland and drummer Neil Bullluck also refuse to remain in the background and are given plenty of room to manoeuvre with their own spotlight moments.
On the album, 2 To Get Set, the selections spring mostly from the pens of classic songwriters or jazz superstars, including Miles Davis, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Jerome Kern and Wayne Shorter.
The tunes are distilled into a powerful, driving essence, as Bowden snakes and sings on alto saxophone, combining bebop, blues and soul tones with his usual fluid intensity.
The disc marks a radical turnaround as Bowden takes a break from the elaborate big band orchestrations of his originals on previous recordings.
For the live arena he's always oscillated between self-composed material and old standards, but it's good to have this latter aspect now documented on an album.
It's set for release on October 6 via the Birmingham label Rehab, but don't be too surprised if some advance copies turn up at next week's highly-recommended gig.
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