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Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: Alexander Hawkins: Step Wide, Step Deep

Read "Alexander Hawkins: Step Wide, Step Deep" reviewed by John Sharpe

You don't need to spend long in the company of pianist Alexander Hawkins to realize that his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz encompasses everything from Duke Ellington to the avant-garde. That's as true of recordings as it is in person, and amply demonstrated on Step Wide, Step Deep, where the moods range from lazy Sunday afternoon to ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Alexander Hawkins: Step Wide, Step Deep

Read "Alexander Hawkins: Step Wide, Step Deep" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The effortless and precocious ability shown by British pianist Alexander Hawkins to step between the jazz tradition and music more associated with free improv makes for a heady brew on this thrilling collection. While it is arguable that the genres are far from mutually exclusive the ability to make accessible music from that which is often ...


Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: Step Wide, Step Deep

Read "Step Wide, Step Deep" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

British composer, pianist Alexander Hawkins possesses the goods to be a world-beater in avant-jazz circles. He's collaborated with legendary drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo (Brotherhood of Breath) and co-leads the Convergence Quartet amid his concurrent 2014 solo piano release Song Singular and other notable endeavors for this UK-based record label. Hawkins' compositional prowess takes center-stage on this high-flying ...


Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: Step Wide, Step Deep

Read "Step Wide, Step Deep" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As he did on his fine solo piano release Song Singular (Babel, 2014), Alexander Hawkins takes his newly formed ensemble on a path that blurs the perceptions of composition and free improvisation. Step Wide, Step Deep floats free of implications and becomes its own entity. The ensemble establishes a rich and unique setting, sometimes disquieting, sometimes ...


Article: Year in Review

Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

A list of some of the new releases that enriched life in 2012. In no particular order... Peter Brötzmann Chicago TentetWalk, Love, SleepSmalltown Superjazz A long time ago I lost count of how many albums I have by Peter Brötzmann. Or how many I still want ...


Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: All There, Ever Out

Read "All There, Ever Out" reviewed by John Sharpe

It has been the Holy Grail of jazz since its inception: to carve out the perfect balance between the written and the spontaneously invented. While All There, Ever Out may not be the definitive statement, English pianist Alexander Hawkins has taken a bold stab at a new version of the equation, combining composition and improvisation in ...


Article: Live Review

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble at the Vortex, London

Read "Alexander Hawkins Ensemble at the Vortex, London" reviewed by John Sharpe

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble The Vortex London, England August 10, 2009 If you can judge a person by the company he keeps, then pianist Alexander Hawkins must be someone to watch given his musical associations, both actual and virtual. The packed house at the Vortex certainly thought so, confounding Hawkins' ...


Article: Album Review

Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: No Now Is So...

Read "No Now Is So..." reviewed by John Sharpe

Both the enigmatic title and Red Planet sleeve photography of this debut recording by Alexander Hawkins' six-piece ensemble suggest something out of the ordinary. The feeling is confirmed by a glance at the distinctive instrumentation, which pitches the strings of cellist Hannah Marshall, guitarist Otto Fischer and bassist Dominic Lash against the percussion of Javier Carmona ...


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Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: No Now Is So

Read "No Now Is So" reviewed by John Eyles

Pianist Alexander Hawkins is one of the brightest rising young stars of British jazz and improvisation, amply demonstrated by his work in Barkingside, the Convergence Quartet, and the Evan Parker Quartet. Hawkins has technique in abundance and a brain quick enough to make creative use of it. With no obvious stylistic antecedents, he excels in a ...


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