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Martin Speake feat. Faith Brackenbury Quartet

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Time: 9pm
Room: The Jazz Club



£12 On the Door
£7 Adv Bookings & Restaurant Diners Only *

Only the bar food menu is available in The Jazz Club
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Citing Lee Konitz, Charlie Parker, Warne Marsh, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Steve Coleman, Rabi Abou Khalil, and Paul Motian as major influences, Martin has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz with individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

Faith played classical violin as a child but was soon drawn into folk music, then jazz, which she went on to study at Brunel University and Birmingham Conservatoire. She plays in several combos including the jazz group Mafarowi, and also composes.

Martin Speake - Alto Saxophone
Faith Brackenbury - Voice and Violin
Rob Luft - Guitar
David Storey - Drums

”Think of Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Jimmy Giuffre, or our own Bobby Wellins, Tony Coe or Martin Speake - all Emily Dickinson lyric poets.”
The Independent

”One of the most original and interesting contemporary jazz saxophonists on the British scene. Speake has an offbeat melodic sense, a fine gentle tone and a strong technique.”
Time Out London

”A saxophonist with an unusual turn of phrase, a persuasively gentle sound and jazz allegiances that don’t follow the usual Coltranesque paths but veer instead toward the fifties Cool School, Martin Speake is not just a distinctive improviser but a striking composer too. Superficially, Speake can sometimes seem cool to the point of chilliness - but like his original inspirations, the heat is all in the logic and integrity of the lines, the balance of mind and heart.”
The Guardian

”I can’t fault this, on any level. It’s intelligent, searching modern jazz with a clear imaginative vision, generously proportioned but not a moment too long and it delivers new sensations with each return.”
Jazz Journal




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