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The John Bailey Quintet features John Bailey (nylon string guitars), Richard Iles (flugelhorn), Tim France (sax), Gavin Barras (double bass) and Steve Hanley (drums). The quintet is based in the Northwest of England. The new album features entirely original material written by John. The music on 'Black Ship Bright Sea' draws on influences from 20th Century Classical music and from European Jazz. The compositional devices rely on crossing of melodies between instruments and simultaneous melodies instead of simple harmonised ones. Harmonically the movement of chords is not based particularly on a usual system seen in jazz composition; the techniques are more in line with those of Britten, Arnold, Brouwer or holy minimalism.Continue Reading
The quartet features classical guitar, flugelhorn, double bass and drums. It is a Northwest based project featuring John Bailey on classical guitar. John attained an MA in Jazz from Leeds College of Music and has received tuition from Ralph Towner, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Mike Moreno, Mike Walker and other leading jazz musicians. He teaches guitar at Liverpool University. He has been composing this latest release for the last two years. Richard Iles (flugelhorn) has played with some of the worlds finest jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Vince Mendoza, Bill Frisell and Peter Erskine. He teaches at Birmingham Conservertoire as well as running big bands for Bolton Music Service and the prestigious Chethams Music School. Gavin Barras (double bass) has performed at Jazz festivals all over the Uk and also at the North Sea Jazz festival and the Taipai internatioal Jazz festival in Japan. Steve Hanley (drums) is one of the fastest up and coming jazz drummers in the Northwest. He is currently working with Ant Law's quartet and running his own Orion project featuring some of the UK's best young talent.Continue Reading