Live recording of a quartet led by leading UK saxophonist/clarinettist Chris Biscoe and featuring Tony Kofi on alto and tenor saxophone. The group was formed to explore innovations brought to jazz by Eric Dolphy, a remarkable virtuoso who combined many of the virtues of bebop and earlier jazz forms with an open-mindedness matched by few other musicians.
On 'Live at Campus West' recorded at a club gig for Hertford Jazz in 2011 you can hear three tunes ("Les", "Out to Lunch", "Potsa Lotsa") which are also on the studio CD 'Gone in the Air'. These versions are longer and more varied in texture, reflecting the experience of working together and the freedom that comes with live performance. The repertoire draws on Eric Dolphy's own compositions, a selection of pieces drawn from his recordings with other bandleaders (Oliver Nelson, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane), and tunes such as "Jitterbug Waltz" that reflect Dolphy's Catholic tastes.
Chris Biscoe has been a key figure on the London jazz scene for many years working with the likes of Mike Westbrook, Barry Guy, The Brotherhood of Breath, Grand Union, Keith Tippett, George Russell, Andy Sheppard, Hermeto Pascoal and many others.
Personnel: Chris Biscoe (alto saxophone, alto clarinet), Tony Kofi (alto and tenor saxophone), Larry Bartley (double bass), Stu Butterfield (drums)
"Saxophonist and clarinettist Chris Biscoe has been on the British scene for a long time, but he's made the territory between postbop and free-jazz entirely his own, and his sophisticated tributes to the jazz giants are always distinctive." - The Guardian