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Colin Towns’ new six piece band released their debut album ‘Stand Well Back’ in Germany on the 13th May 2011. Formed in 2010 with German and UK musicians, the writing/recording took two years to complete. Featuring Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear, Loose Tubes), Chris Montague (Troyka, Kit Downes), Benny Greb (Peter Wölpl, Ron Spielman), Stephan Maass (Randy Brecker, Kruder & Dorfmeister), and Edward Maclean (Peter Fox, Nils Wülker). Blue Touch Paper has no barriers “rarely does a piece of music demolish the well known conceptions of sound and structure.” Jazz, rock, film, classical, electronic etc - it’s all of these but none of these


Blue Touch Paper: Drawing Breath

Label: Provocateur Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Attention Seeker; Isadora; Heaven; Suddenly a Tango; Juggling With Strangers; The Joke; Fair is Foul; Watch Out; Drawing Breath; Neon Shadows; Yes But No; 48 Prefabs and Forks No. 60.


Article: Extended Analysis

Blue Touch Paper: Drawing Breath

Read "Blue Touch Paper: Drawing Breath" reviewed by John Kelman

It's difficult enough for an artist or group to deliver their sophomore effort, but it's even more of a challenge when their debut is as strong as Blue Touch Paper's surprising Stand Well Back (Provocateur, 2011). Blue Touch Paper is the brainchild of British keyboardist/composer Colin Towns, who has already garnered plenty of acclaim for his ...


Article: Album Review

Mark Lockheart: Ellington in Anticipation

Read "Ellington  in Anticipation" reviewed by John Kelman

Ellington in Anticipation isn't Mark Lockheart's first album to employ an expanded lineup; the Polar Bear/Blue Touch Paper saxophonist collaborated with Germany's WDR Big Band on 2010's Days Like These (Fuzzy Moon) and first cut his teeth in Loose Tubes, the now-legendary large UK collective of then-up-and-comers that included pianist Django Bates, saxophonist Iain Ballamy and ...


Blue Touch Paper: Stand Well Back

Label: Provocateur Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Blue Touch Paper; Crazy Man on Platform 13; Say What You Mean; The Forbidden Dance; Another Time, Another Place; Lost for Words; Stand Well Back/Spit It Out; Ducking and Diving; One Eye on the Clock; Principal Dancer; Walls Have Ears; Transcending; This Could Run.


Article: Extended Analysis

Blue Touch Paper: Stand Well Back

Read "Blue Touch Paper: Stand Well Back" reviewed by John Kelman

Blue Paper Touch Stand Well Back Provocateur Records 2011 Based on his recent work, creating impressive big band tribute projects including Visions of Miles--The Electric Period of Miles Davis (In+Out, 2009) and John Lennon--In My Own Write (Provocateur, 2011), it might be understandable to think of Colin Towns as an ...



The Making of Stand Well Back

Featuring the music of Blue Touch Paper
Duration: 16:12

Documentary on the making of Blue Touch Paper's debut CD, Stand Well Back (Provocateur Records, 2011), including interview footage with bandleader/keyboardist/composer Colin Towns, and performance footage from the the studio session.

Featuring, alongside Towns, Polar Bear/Loose Tubes saxophonist and bass clarinetist Mark Lockheart and Troyka guitarist Chris Montague, Blue Touch Paper also includes bassist Edward MacLean, drummer Benny Greb and percussionist Stephen Maass.


Song of the Day

Stand Well Back / Spit It Out

Label: Provocateur Records
Released: 0
Duration: 06:56


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