For our second and final event for EFG London Jazz Festival 2018 we will be joined by Soweto Kinch to look back at the brilliant Abstract by The Joe Harriott Quintet at Kings Place on Sunday 25th November 2018.
Tickets available here.
Classic Album Sundays London presents Dave Brubeck ‘Time Out’ with Darius Brubeck For EFG London Jazz Festival Sunday 25th November 2018 2:30pm – 4:15pm
Jamaican saxophonist Joe Harriott arrived in the UK in 1951 and swiftly became established as a fluent bebop soloist. By the end of the 50s, he was moving into much more open musical territory, creating an approach to improvisation that was both rhythmically and melodically free, and with a band that included the St. Lucian trumpeter and writer Shake Keane and the great British drummer Phil Seamen. His 1962 album Abstract, introduced by saxophonist and broadcaster Soweto Kinch, marks a milestone in British jazz, creating an ever-shifting soundscape that proved distinctively different distinct from parallel experiments in free jazz in the USA – and , even garnering a five start review in the American magazine Downbeat. Part of Kings Place’s Time Unwrapped year, as well as The EFG London jazz Festival’s Windrush season.
“Joe Harriott was the sort of pioneer whose significance and unique contributions are only beginning to be recognised long after his passing. His ‘freeform’ concept predated free jazz, he was among the first to appreciate the role of visual art and his Indo-Jazz fusion laid an important milestone for future jazz-world music collaborations. I’m always moved by the ambition and virtuosity of someone who refused to be defined by his humble beginnings or the racism of his times, as he quipped himself, ‘I’m not your equal, I’m your superior.’ I’m really looking forward to listening to and deconstructing Abstract in more forensic detail – discovering more nuance and insights with an audience, and remembering this uncompromising innovator.” Soweto Kinch
Time & Date: Sunday 25th November 2018 4.45 pm – 6:30 pm
Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG