Ian Shaw-Iain Ballamy-Jamie Safir ‘What’s New’
Ian Shaw vocals, Iain Ballamy saxes
Jamie Safir piano
A collaboration of three of the UK’s leading jazz musicians in a concert offering a unique combination of brilliant musicianship, wit and wisdom to top off our season and a right old ‘plum duff’ of a year.
What’s New is a new collaboration between three of the UK’s leading jazz musicians playing in chamber format. Legendary saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy (Gil Evans, Bill Bruford, Joanna MacGregor, Carla Bley), his contemporary, vocalist Ian Shaw (Quincy Jones, Kurt Elling, Cedar Walton, Liane Carroll) and one of the finest young pianists of his generation Jamie Safir (Claire Martin, Will Young, Alice Zawadzki, Judi Jackson).
The album focusses on the sonic and emotional connection of the voice with Ballamy’s saxophone and with the young Safir’s astonishing piano stylings, affording the three musicians more space to stretch out.
The material is about human connections – friendships, relationships, positive and otherwise – and plunders 80 years of the popular song form.
“scores exceptionally highly for its communicative power and the way in which the trio expertly charts the narrative ebb and flow of some of the finest songs of the twentieth century”
★★★★ review in Jazzwise