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Chip Wickham

Chip Wickham started out in the highly influential UK breakbeat, hip-hop and drum & bass scene that was Manchester’s Grand Central Records, working and playing with the likes of Rae & Christian, Fingathing, The Pharcyde, Jimpster, Nightmares On Wax, Jenna G and Graham Massey. It wasn’t long before he found himself touring all over the world, and began working with more mainstream artists like Badly Drawn Boy and Roy Ayers. He also played on the soundtrack to the Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. The following years were spent writing, producing and remixing tracks for a wide range of artists, including his own electro-Latin project Malena, releasing the Fried Samba album on Freestyle in 2007. However, jazz has always been his first love, and soon he found himself working with award winning UK trumpeter Matthew Halsall, playing live and eventually appearing on Halsall’s critically acclaimed breakthrough album Sending My Love

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Blue To Red

Label: LoveMonk Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blue To Red; Route One; Interstellar; The Cosmos; Double Cross; Mighty Yusef.

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Chip Wickham: Blue To Red

Read "Blue To Red" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


It's not always easy to feel uplifted and optimistic these days, when reasons to be downhearted seem to overwhelm the reasons to be cheerful. When an album's title refers to a planet's descent from life-giving blue to the deadness of red (Mars, in this context, but British flautist Chris Wickham fears that Earth may be heading ...

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Chip Wickham: Blue To Red

Read "Blue To Red" reviewed by Chris May


The marketing thrust accompanying Chip Wickham's third album emphasises an affinity between the disc and the late 1960s / early 1970s work of Yusef Lateef and Alice Coltrane. Certainly, Blue To Red ticks two boxes: Wickham puts aside his saxophone to play only flute and alto flute, whose seraphic tones were favoured by Lateef and Coltrane; ...

Album

Shamal Wind

Label: LoveMonk Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Shamal Wind; Snake Eyes; Soho Strut; The Mirage; Barrio 71; Rebel No. 23.

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Chip Wickham: Shamal Wind

Read "Shamal Wind" reviewed by Chris May


British flautist and saxophonist Chip Wickham is a graduate of the fertile 1990s modal-jazz scene in the northern city of Manchester. It has produced some stellar talents, amongst whom saxophonist Nat Birchall and trumpeter Matthew Halsall shine most prominently. But while Birchall and Halsall, who guests on one track on Shamal Wind, have each notched up ...

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Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation

Read "Lakecia Benjamin in Conversation" reviewed by Nick Davies


Welcome to the first installment of The Crazeology Radio Show on All About Jazz where I play a mix of new and old tunes with a focus on progressive jazz as well as songs with a beat. This week's show includes an interview with saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin where we discuss her new album Rise (Ropeadope),

Album

La Sombra

Label: LoveMonk Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: La Sombra; Sling Shot; Red Planet; The Detour; Pushed Too Far; Tokyo Slow-Mo; La Leyenda Del Tiempo.

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Article: Album Review

Chip Wickham: La Sombra

Read "La Sombra" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Twenty-five years into his career as a professional musician, saxophonist and flautist Chip Wickham has released his solo debut. La Sombra, recorded in Madrid with three excellent musicians from that city's jazz scene, is gorgeous. Wickham hails from Manchester, in north-west England. The area is home to some distinctive musicians, most notably trumpeter Matthew ...


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