ELLINGTON IN ANTICIPATION

 

Mark Lockheart (tenor sax) / Seb Rochford (drums) / Liam Noble (piano) / Tom Herbert (bass) / Finn Peters (alto sax) / James Allsop (clarinets) / Margrit Hasler (viola) 

 

Inspired by the music of Duke Ellington and taking many of Ellington’s most revered compositions, such as Satin Doll, Mood Indigo, Take The A Train, It Don’t Mean A Thing and Creole Love Call, I've deconstructed and arranged these melodies into a set of new music, rich in orchestration and very different from the originals, but hopefully respectful to the beauty of Ellington’s original creations. 

 

YOU CAN HAVE A LISTEN HERE. 

Saxophonist/Composer Mark Lockheart has hit upon a delightful solution to the old/new wrangle
— MOJO


The album has been extensively featured on BBC’s Jazz Line-Up, Late Junction and Jazz On 3 programmes and the band’s concert at the Welsh School Of Music and Drama was broadcast in June 2013. Recent performances include Kings Place and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London Jazz Festival).

 I formed the group in late 2012 and we released our debut album ‘Ellington In Anticipation’ in February 2013. The group then undertook a nine-date sell-out major UK tour, partly funded by The Arts Council of England. 

affecting melodies, endlessly inventive
— The Observer
Slyly magnificent, Ellington In Anticipation
— The Metro

The group immediately gained great critical acclaim, with four-star reviews in the Guardian, Times, Jazzwise, Jazz Journal etc, as well as being awarded ‘Jazz Album of 2013’ by MOJO magazine and nominated for ’Best Jazz CD of 2013’ at the 2014 All Party Parliamentary Awards. 

Quietly evolving into one of the UK’s jazz scene outstanding composers
— Guardian
I recommend it heartily to absolutely everyone, irrespective of how conservative or radical your jazz taste might be. It is invigorating, inspiring, deeply joyful, life-affirming – it does mean all those things (it does have all those swings). A triumph!
— Peter Bacon's Jazz Breakfast (No.1 Jazz CD of 2013)