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Martin Speake

Citing Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker, Warne Marsh, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Steve ​Coleman, Rabi Abou Khalil, and Paul Motian as major influences, Martin has developed a personal ​musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz with ​individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and ​profound. ​  Born in Barnet, North London in 1958, Martin was inspired to take up the saxophone at the age ​of 16. From 1977-81, he studied Classical Saxophone at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Dame Ruth Railton prize for woodwind playing

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Wildflower: Season 2

Read "Season 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On paper, the UK trios Wildflower and Ill Considered bear an obvious resemblance. Each features the outstanding reed player Idris Rahman and bassist Leon Brichard, and both groups are groove-oriented progressive jazz. Wildflower is the slightly more melody-driven and the less raw of the two bands, with intricate improvisations interwoven throughout. Season 2 sees Rahman altering ...

Feathers

Label: Pumpkin Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Majolica; Smooth Your Feathers; Just One Look; Prana; Mellow Eightpence; Six Sisters; Eau De Nil; Different Roads; The Next Stage; Wounded Landscape; Dotties; Invisible Paths; Green Light; Armistice - Sorry Be Me; Pollen; Embrace.

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Martin Speake / Alex Maguire: Feathers

Read "Feathers" reviewed by Matt Parker

A partnership which perhaps could and should have developed years ago, saxophonist Martin Speake and pianist Alex Maguire both attended the legendary Barry Jazz School in 1979 which featured an incredible cast of tutors ,including Stan Sulzmann, Keith Tippett, Gordon Beck, Allan Holdsworth and many other “A" list British jazz musicians. Amazingly Speake and Maguire failed ...

Intention

Label: Ubuntu Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Becky; Twister; Magic Show; Spring Dance; The Heron; Dancing in the Dark; Charlie's Wig; Blackwell; June 2nd; Hidden Vision; Intention.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Martin Speake: Intention

Read "Intention" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Celebrating his 60th birthday in April 2018, Martin Speake has been a stalwart of the British jazz scene for some forty years, initially playing with the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers. He is lead alto saxophonist in the redoubtable London Jazz Orchestra and his teaching duties extend to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and London's ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist

Read "Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist" reviewed by Duncan Heining

British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake, is one of the most adventurous and articulate musicians in a music peppered with creative artists. That he is not a household name--even within the proscribed and marginalised world of jazz--says more about the times than it does about Speake or his single-minded approach to his art. Speake combines ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty

Read "Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On 5 July 2016 guitarist, composer, vocalist and philosopher Billy Jenkins hits the Big Six-O. It only seems five minutes ago that Jenkins played at the Purcell Room during 2010's London Jazz Festival, accompanied by the BBC Big Band to a suitably enraptured audience. He's been gigging and recording less in the past five years. His ...

ARTICLE: LONDON CALLING

Club Inégales: Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

Read "Club Inégales: Where Everybody Knows Your Name..." reviewed by Duncan Heining

If Club Inégales didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent it. What price a venue in the heart of jny: London with a policy as open-minded and eclectic as this? Club Inégales welcomes jazzers and free improvisers, baroque musicians and folk singers, poets and comedians, Japanese and Bengali percussionists and even the occasional passing shaman. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

Read "Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...


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