emoval by Alex Ward Trios & Sextet, released 02 November 2015 1. Projected 2. Entities 3. Removal Copepod POD10. Download includes jpegs of album cover and liner notes. Includes unlimited streaming of emoval via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. ships out within 3 days.
Clarinet – Alex Ward (5)Drums – Steve NobleTenor Saxophone – Rachel Musson. Cello – Hannah MarshallClarinet, Bass Clarinet – Tom Jackson (9)Double Bass – Olie Brice. Entities Recorded at Stowaway Studios, London on January 11th, 2015. Removal Recorded live at the Vortex Jazz Club, London on March 5th, 2014.
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British Clarinetist and guitarist Alex Ward begins his Trios & Sextet's Projected, Entities, Removal with a trio configuration of clarinet, sax and drums. A rumble on the drums, a drawn out note on the clarinet and the sax and they are off to strong start. The last track, 'Removal', is the full sextet, with all the aforementioned players on stage at London's Vortex jazz club one day in March of 2014. With the expanded group, the 44 minutes of improvisation covers the spectrum of sound and textures. By the 10 minute mark, the music has atomitized, and Ward, who has been on guitar, picks up the clarinet and engages in a spirited duo with Nobel that could be the subject of an entire album. By breaking apart his ensemble into smaller units lets Ward highlight different textures and approaches, and hearing the sextet together is an obvious joy.
The Alex Ward Sextet features the same musicians with the addition of Steve Noble on drums, and made their public debut at the Vortex Jazz Club in March 2014 performing a new set-length piece, "Removal". Trio and Quartet offshoots have also performed. Releases: Alex ward quintet: glass shelves and floor (2015). Alex ward trios & sextet: emoval (2015). Alex ward quartet: inductance (2017).
The ensemble was subsequently expanded to a sextet, and the 2015 release Removal" featured another extended work for the full line-up alongside two pieces for trios drawn from the sextet's personnel. Alex Ward is a composer, improviser, and performing musician, working primarily with clarinet and guitar. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey.
Louise Farrenc: Piano Trios, Sextet.
CONTEMPORARY NOISE SEXTET: jazz music without jazz, film music without a movie, but something splendid instead. Beautiful piano tunes in the dialogue with a brass section, simple and extraordinary emotional compositions leading to a climax which makes the flesh creep while listening. The tracks on this album were recorded in January, 2011 in the Electric Eye Studio and mastered by Kuba Pacanowski at Yacob Records.
Clarinet – Alex Ward Drums – Steve NobleTenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax] – Rachel Musson
Cello – Hannah MarshallClarinet, Bass Clarinet – Tom Jackson Double Bass – Olie Brice
Cello – Hannah MarshallClarinet, Bass Clarinet – Tom Jackson Clarinet, Electric Guitar, Directed By [Direction] – Alex Ward Double Bass – Olie BriceDrums – Steve NobleTenor Saxophone [Tenor Sax] – Rachel Musson