Chris Biscoe Profiles Of Mingus

Chris Biscoe (reeds) Pete Hurt (ts) Henry Lowther (t) Malcolm Earle Smith (tr) Kate Williams (p) Larry Bartley (b) Stu Butterfield (d)

Chris leads a septet inspired by the orchestral colour and spontaneous feel of Mingus’s small group music. Growing from workshop sessions in 1995, the band has developed an increasingly individual approach, exploring new directions while continuing to reflect the spirit of his music. Mingus Moves has built a national reputation through club and concert appearances.

“Uplifting, exuberant, rousing yet consistently intelligent music.” -Chris Parker, (The Times)

Chris Biscoe

Chris Biscoe

The Musicians

HENRY LOWTHER – (trumpet) One of our most versatile brass players, Henry has credits with Mike Gibbs, Kenny Wheeler, Gil Evans and Tony Coe, and leads “Still Waters”,, featuring Julian Arguelles..

CHRIS BISCOE – (saxes & alto clarinet) Has worked with many top jazz composers Since 1997, including George Russell, Mike Westbrook, Chris McGregor and Hermeto Pascoal, and writes most of the original arrangements for the band.

PETE HURT – (tenor sax) One of the UK’s most melodic tenor players, Pete has been a long-time partner with Chris Biscoe in George Russell’s sax section. He has also toured and recorded with Carla Bley and Stan Sultzmann.

Currently featured with Digby Fairweather and in his own band. Malcolm has studied with Jimmy Knepper. He is also the band vocalist.

KATE WILLIAMS – (piano) A recipient of the John Dankworth Award For Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, she is gaining a distinctive reputation as both a writer and performer. She has released four CDs, each one to critical acclaim.

LARRY BARTLEY- (double bass) A leading light of the contemporary jazz scene, featured with the bands of Byron Wallen, Ingrid Laubrock and Jason Yarde.

STU BUTTERFIELD – (drums) A founder member of the “Changes” Trio with Veryan Weston, Stu has been working with Dick Heckstall Smith, Harry Beckett and Lol Coxhill.

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  • Abbreviations:

    Abbreviations: (as) alto sax, (b) acoustic bass, (bjo) banjo, (bg) bass guitar, (bs) baritone sax, (cl) clarinet, (ct) cornet, (eg) electric guitar, (flg) flugel horn, (g) guitar, (kb) keyboard, (p) piano, (perc) percussion, (sousa) sousaphone, (t) trumpet, (tr) trombone, (ts) tenor sax, (vtr) valve trombone, (vibes) vibraphone, (viol) violin, (voc) voice.

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