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Alex Merritt Quartet

Date : 16 / 04 / 2016
Time : 7.30pm
Price : £8 Tickets on the door.
Phone : 07415 892 436

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Saxophonist Alex Merritt leads his quartet with jazz influences from Warne Marsh, John Coltrane and Joe Henderson to contemporary classical composers Bela Bartok, Alban Berg and Henri Dutilleux. Their debut album “ANATTA” was released last December 2015, the concept drawn from Buddhism and described as ‘a moment of awakening, whereby one can come to realise the illusory nature of self.’ Should we be able to free ourselves from the fetters of self, a process described by composer and personal influence Peter Schat as like ‘Houdini escaping from the straightjacket’, all that is left is the moment. This is Anatta and it inspired the music for this album.

‘A promising jazz debut of striking quality.’ John Fordham, the Guardian, ***

‘It’s one of the best UK jazz recordings I’ve heard this year’. Stephen Graham, Marlbank News, ****

‘Merritt is not only an artist to watch, but also to listen to, as one would a dawn chorus: with eyes closed and mind opened’. Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz, ****1/2

‘Merritt’s rich but dry tone traces a line back to the Cool School jazzers such as Warne Marsh’. Robert Shore, Jazzwise, ****

‘Merritt’s warm, dry, Getzian fluency is a joy, whether intertwining with Turville’s mysterious, unpredictable chordal shifts or bubbling with controlled fervour……..
….This feels like just the beginning… and what a beginning’. Adrian Pallant

Alex jest londyńskim saksofonistą tenorowym i kompozytorem muzyki jazzowej i improwizowanej oraz wspὀłczesnej muzyki klasycznej.

Jego muzyczne inspiracje rozciągają siȩ od mistrzὀw jazzu jak Warne Marsh, John Coltrane i Joe Henderson do wspὀłczesnych kompozytorὀw klasycznych Bela Bartok, Alban Berg i Henri Dutilleux.

Podczas wystȩpu w Jazz Café POSK Alex i jego kwartet zaprezentują kompozycje z ich debiutanckiego albumu „Anatta”. Koncept „Anatta” został zaczerpniȩty z buddyzmu i jest znany jako „moment przebudzenia”. Wieczὀr pełen duchowego i pouczającego jazzu jest gwarantowany.

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