Here at Efpi towers we’re all very proud to announce the release of Big Ideas, the eagerly anticipated debut album from our flagship ensemble, Beats & Pieces Big Band. Financed by the prize money won when they were named winners of the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award in Burghausen, Germany last Spring, the album is the culmination of the band’s efforts since their first ever gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2008.
The band launched the album over the past couple of weeks with special launch shows in Manchester and London – highlights from the Manchester show at the RNCM were broadcast on BBC Jazz on 3 and the sold out gig at Ronnie Scott’s in London received glowing 5 star reviews in both The Guardian and The Telegraph, as well as heavy praise from Jazzwise magazine. The video below has some footage from the Ronnie’s gig, as well as a quick chat with bandleader Ben Cottrell about the band’s history and the new album and some post-gig reaction from some enthusiastic audience members.
The album is released on 12th March 2012, and available via the Efpi online shop or other online retailers such as Amazon.
Before our Easter break we’re pleased to present pianist Christian Fields with his trio. Christian was featured in Manchester Jazz Festival’s introducing programming strand last year with his octet, and this trio draws on influences including Thelonius Monk and The Bad Plus to cook up quirky grooves as well as tuneful ballads.
Christian Fields – piano/Rhodes
Alan Taylor – drums
Joshua Brierley – bass
You may have caught Adam performing his Imaginary Delta commission at Manchester Jazz Festival last year, or in the bands of Matt Halsall and Nat Birchall amongst others. Tonight he presents his own trio with material playing on the ‘traditions’ of the jazz piano trio – sometimes revelling in the most orthodox way of swinging, sometimes playing free, but always with an unexpected ingredient in the mix…
Adam Fairhall – piano
Tim Fairhall – bass
Gaz Hughes – drums