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Trevor Watts / Veryan Weston: 5 More Dialogues

Read "5 More Dialogues" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


5 More Dialogues is the successor to 6 Dialogues (Emanem, 2002) and offers more in the way of fascinating elaborations by longtime collaborators, pianist Veryan Weston and saxophonist Trevor Watts, both heralded artisans of the British progressive jazz and improvisational circuit. A mark of invention pervades throughout, as the duo fuses sublime persuasions, inverted theme-building jaunts, and mesmeric passages with fleeting melodies and rhythmical dynamics. Highlighted by a manifold approach to the program, the duo aligns a throng ...

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Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston: 5 More Dialogues

Read "5 More Dialogues" reviewed by John Eyles


The title 5 More Dialogues indicates that this is a sequel to 6 Dialogues (Emanem, 2002), the album which marked saxophonist Trevor Watts' first free improv recording in about two decades. In the years since the release of 6 Dialogues, Watts and pianist Veryan Weston have become an established improvising duo, although their musical association dates back to 1982, when Weston became a member of Watts' Moiré Music. The length of time they have been collaborating gives their music a ...

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Multiple Reviews

Trevor Watts: Live in Karlsruhe, Drum Energy, Mutuality, Live in Sao Paulo, Brasil and Ancestry

Read "Trevor Watts: Live in Karlsruhe, Drum Energy, Mutuality, Live in Sao Paulo, Brasil and Ancestry" reviewed by Marc Medwin


Moire Music Live in Karlsruhe FMR 2007 Trevor Watts Original Drum Orchestra Drum Energy Hi4Heads 2007 Enjambre Acustico Urukungolo Mutuality FMR 2007 Trevor Watts/Jaime Harris Live in Sao Paulo, Brasil Hi4Heads 2006 Trevor Watts/Jaime Harris Ancestry ...

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Trevor Watts: Burundi Monday

Read "Burundi Monday" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee


American listeners may know Trevor Watts as an accomplished alto/soprano saxophonist, but more likely they will associate him with the British avant-garde. Now in his late sixties, Watts logged a lot of time with blues, rock and traditional jazz bands before joining drummer John Stevens in 1965 to form the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME), a collective that provided a launching pad for many visionary British free improvisers--from Watts to Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Derek Bailey and Barry ...

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Amalgam: Innovation

Read "Innovation" reviewed by Rex  Butters


In the early '60s Trevor Watts and John Stevens initiated the long-lived free jazz association that became known as Amalgam. Their extended tenure altered Euro jazz and improvised music forever, following their first recording in '69. Tangent records released their third album, Innovation , in 1974, after their Play Blackwell and Higgins set and several sessions recorded with trumpeter Bobby Bradford. Weirdly saddled with a “jazz rock" reputation with the addition of guitarist Keith Rowe after these sessions, the Innovation ...

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Trevor Watts: A Life of Musical Integrity

Read "Trevor Watts: A Life of Musical Integrity" reviewed by AAJ Staff


By Trevor Watts It's always been important for me to follow my muse, whatever that is. It seems to manifest itself in a subconcious need to do something, change something, explore something. Entwined with a feeling of staving off habit, boredom and self satisfaction. The need to explore new avenues for oneself. These new avenues may not be so for others. But I have always been a great believer in discovering for yourself. More fun that way, and ...

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Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston: 6 Dialogues

Read "6 Dialogues" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Saxophonist Trevor Watts’ storied past within Britain’s free-jazz/improvising scene is well documented. While his fellow compatriot, pianist Veryan Weston is among the newer breed of prominent – freethinking - instrumentalists. This outing contains the first sixty-minutes of an eighty-minute studio session. And as we might surmise, the duo provides a comprehensive glimpse of what can happen, when two giants of the improv scene coalesce. The musicians’ intuitive responses and on-the-fly excursions span a wide-ranging spectrum of styles and fabrics of ...


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