CD Launch: Hexagonal
Wednesday 9th January 2019 - 8:30 pm
Music Charge: £12.00
“...full of imaginative arrangement details, powerfully and precisely delivered, with everyone playing up an absolute storm”
Tonight we are hosting the fantastic group Hexagonal who will be launching their first CD "McCoy & Mseleku" on Hexagonal Records. Essentially a co-operative the group, which comprises Jason Yarde-alto sax, Greg Heath-tenor sax/flute, Quentin Collins & Graeme Flowers-trumpets, John Donaldson-piano, Simon Thorpe-bass and Tristan Banks-drums, has worked with some of the greatest names in the business, including the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, Mica Paris, Van Morrison, James Brown, Liane Carroll, Whitney Houston, Eddie Henderson and Amy Winehouse. You get the idea, these guys are well travelled and universally held in high regard. After forming as a group in 2016 to play the music of the late, great, South African musician, Bheki Mseleku they have performed at prominent festivals around the UK, including Jazz Hastings and Herts Jazz, as well as headlining at Scarborough Jazz. More recently they have added the music of the iconic pianist McCoy Tyner to their repertoire, creating a broad palette of material as a backdrop for some world class playing. Both Bheki and McCoy are very special musicians and their compositions are a lasting testament to their undoubted brilliance, as this Hexagonal CD unquestionably demonstrates. So it is with real pleasure that we welcome this "super group" to the Club this evening to perform this wonderful music.
"Yarde has rarely played better....his sax improvising has quietly blossomed to world class" Guardian; "Heath...impressive" All About Jazz; "Collins...England's top...trumpet master...breathtaking" HMV Magazine; "With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting jazz pianists with his own distinctive style" The Observer; ''Hexagonal..full of imaginative arrangement details, powerfully and precisely delivered, with everyone playing up an absolute storm. Catch them live if you can'' Jazz Views