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Alex Ward was born in 1974. He is a composer, improviser, and performing musician. His primary instruments are clarinet and guitar, and he has also performed in public and on recordings on alto sax, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and as a vocalist. He was based in Oxford from 1992-2000, and since then has lived in London. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. As an improviser, he was initially principally a clarinettist (sometimes also playing alto sax), but since 2000 he has also been active as an improvising guitarist. Both as a clarinettist and guitarist, his longest-standing collaborations in the field of improvised music have been with the drummer Steve Noble. From 1993 to 2001, most of his activity as a composer took place in collaboration with Benjamin Hervé, mainly in the context of the rock band Camp Blackfoot

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(VU)

Label: Copepod Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Tipping Point; Wobbles; Salinisation; Dimming; Continental Drift; High Seas.

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Article: Radio

Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla

Read "Tim Berne, Russ Lossing & Hot Heros and Iro Haarla" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


New albums from saxophonists Tim Berne and Sabir Mateen, from guitarists Alex Ward and Dave Gisler with Jaimie Branch, Finland's Hot Heros joined by pianist Iro Haarla, and pianist Russ Lossing fronting a quartet this time. Top it off with Louis Moholo Moholo's Five Blokes live in London, add a whole bunch more great stuff including ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

Read "Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft" reviewed by John Eyles


In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...

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Volition (Live at Café Oto)

Label: Copepod Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Your Overture; Entreaty; Volition.

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Doors

Label: Copepod Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Front; Back; Open; Closed.

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Article: Album Review

Alex Ward Item 10: Volition (Live at Café Oto)

Read "Volition (Live at Café Oto)" reviewed by John Eyles


Although he was already a member of a lengthy list of ensembles, led by himself or others, when composer, improviser, clarinetist and guitarist Alex Ward put together his Item 10 band he had new ideas in mind; the ten musicians would be a pool from which ensembles of various sizes could be drawn for different musical ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers

Read "Iluso Records: DIY from two dreamers" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Australian drummer Michael Caratti and Spanish-born New York-based guitarist Álvaro Domene founded the record label Iluso in 2013 to release their quartet recording Gran Masa. The pair found they shared similar interests while in school at Middlesex University in London. And why not put out their own music? That way they could control the content and ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

Duck Baker, un chitarrista tra passato e presente

Read "Duck Baker, un chitarrista tra passato e presente" reviewed by Mario Calvitti


Duck Baker è un chitarrista abbastanza difficile da inquadrare; mentre la tecnica che usa è rigorosamente fingerstyle, la musica che compone e interpreta spazia lungo tutta la storia del jazz, dai vecchi standard al modale, dal blues al bebop, dallo swing al free. I suoi interessi si estendono inoltre a tutta la American Music, che interpreta ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Lisle Alex Ward: Doors

Read "Doors" reviewed by John Eyles


The pairing of clarinetist-guitarist Alex Ward and drummer Andrew Lisle dates back at least to 2014 when the pair recorded the album Red Kite (Raw Tonk, 2014) in a trio with saxophonist Colin Webster. As Ward is kept busy as a member of quite a few other groupings of various sizes, it is no surprise that ...


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