iiii‘AnTiN KERSHAW QUARTET
Henry's Jazz Cellar, Edinburgh, Sat 15—Sun 16 Mar
Martin Kershaw will launch his debut album, Fruition, in these gigs at Henry's, a venue he knows as well as anyone. The saxophonist was born and brought up in York. but moved to Edinburgh as a student and has become an established figure on the local jazz scene.
As well as the acoustic quartet which features on Fruition Martin also leads more funk- oriented bands like Groovediggaz and Green Juice, and is a regular on alto and soprano in the saxophone section of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
The quartet is his well-tested acoustic
jazz outfit, and has benefited from the stability of a
settled line-up and regular outings.
‘lt’s been the same line-up for about two years now, with Chick Lyall on piano, Mario Caribe on bass and Stuart Brown on drums,’ Kershaw says. ‘I put the band together originally together because I had a bunch of my own tunes I was dying to try out, and it‘s been a real buzz for me to see how they guys reacted to my music, and how it changes when other people get involved
‘All the stuff on the album is material we have been playing pretty much for that whole period of time, which is why we were able to get the recording done so quickly. We did it in two days, so it was vital that
Far from standard
everybody knew the music.’
The gigs will fall a little ahead of the full commercial
release of the album from Caber in April, but Martin expects to have copies available on the night. All of the tunes are his own, with the exception of an arrangement (although arguably it's really a recomposition) of a tune from The King and I, which he has retitled ‘Dance of the Siamese Children’.
‘l‘ve monkeyed around with it a bit and generally rendered it more jazzy. Otherwise they are all mine, and that is the way I've gone with this group all the way along. All the gigs are my own stuff as well, and we actually have pretty much another album's worth of material we could do.‘ (Kenny Mathieson)
nd so. as we come to the
home straight of the
recording of our fourth album. its gorng to be a small but strange period of transition. lt's weird finishing a record at the best of times. but With this one the time between completion and promotion is geing to be so small that the tiny bit of time where you're pleased With the record and aren't yet sick of talking abetit it isn't going to happen. Minor gripes really: there aren't a huge amOuiit of bands that get to make a fourth album so we should really feel lucky to be where we are. The time in the studio has been a hermitic one. only venturing Out on my BMX and. once. to see a tremendous Yeah Yeah Yeahs gig
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which ended --predictably »- in inebriation and badge SWODDlllg. Apparently I was sick. I can't remember. newr learn.
My role as a commuter has not been an easy one ember. getting stuck in a mini-rammy at \“Jaxeily Station involving a few thousand antivsxai protesters. the poiice ant' sortie inept Scotr'ail staff. Being a peace protest. this was never going to boil oxer. though things did look a tad less
friendly when eventually got on the
train 'li took two hoursi and were serenaded by s ‘me Rangers fans Singing: 'If you cannae bomb the Fenians. bomb lrag.' Charming. Which brings me nicely to m, breaking of the Fatality -esque belie, of
not mentioning the we r iapart from the odd snide Bush (lig‘i. What the hell is going on’? The very notion of ionibing a country because it has bombs es preposterous beyond belief. George Bush is clearly a simple man. but trying to justify bombing (Il‘.ill<’ir’l8 by saying that it's for their ow: good is utterly demented. Being competitive with one's father is natural, but letting that competitii.eness lead to global conflict is a mite selfish. He's also leading the largely dough brained US public to believe that lrad to blame for the t ‘. September attacks. It .'.oufd be lust my luck that this bullying exercise by Blair and Bush '.'.'.ii escalate into ‘.'.’Ofld.'.’l(lC‘ armageddon hetero our album comes out at the start of June. It's bad enough that the new Radiohead record :s coming out on the same day llOKt—E}. To add tnsult to injury. this .'..".’)l(} Spiel .vill probably get re-read to me by a l::g scan, ll‘iEil‘. in a suit at JFK aaiport in a l“()'lill or so
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THE LINE-UP FOR T IN THE Park has been announced including the Streets, the Charlatans, Underworld and List cover stars Lemon Jelly. See news page 4 for details.
ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE growing public dissent against the extension of the M74 at a fundraiser show in Stereo. Glasgow . James Orr Complex, the Dirty Sanchez and Projekt A-Ko (which features members of Urusei Yatsura and Yummy Fur) play on Wednesday 19 March.
Tim in the Park
THE ARCHES AND THE
British Council are engaging in an innovative exchange programme between Scotland and Brazil where eight Scots musician will go to Sao Paulo to collaborate with a selection of local musicians, sharing ideas and compositions for a time before performing three live shows in the city on 27-29 March. Among those travelling to Brazil are Fenetik/Soma Records man Alan Bryden, pianist and composer David Paul Jones, Chris Mack (singer/songwriter in James Orr Complex) and folk and jazz singer Alyth McCormack. The hope is to repeat the programme with Brazilian artists coming to Scotland later in the year.