Basement Jazz presents a group of young talents taking the jazz scene by storm at the moment, led by the remarkable Alex Hitchcock
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Saxophonist Alex Hitchcock (‘a fantastic talent' – Helen Mayhew, JazzFM) leads a powerhouse quintet that combines a compelling, adventurous ear for melody with virtuosic improvising. Highlights from the past year include performances at Love Supreme Festival, the Royal Albert Hall, Jazz in the Round, the London Jazz Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club, as well as a tour of Hungary and Poland and radio play on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. The quintet features five of the most creative rising stars of the UK's jazz scene, who have already made their mark as sidemen with an impressive list of jazz luminaries ranging from Jasper Høiby through Chris Potter to Elliot Galvin.Glassy saxophone and trumpet unison blends with rhythmic fireworks created between piano and drums, alternating angularity and muted warmth. Influences range from the explosive energy of Kneebody and the complexity and nuance of Ambrose Akinmusire to European trailblazers Phronesis and Django Bates.
‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ – Gareth Lockrane
‘Sax virtuoso... one to watch’ – Jazzwise
'Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’ – Bebop Spoken Here
'...effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack' – John Fordham, The Guardian