Henri Texier - The Hope Quartet + Tori Freestone Trio
LONDON Southbank Centre / Purcell Room
Henri Texier is a hero of world jazz. In a career stretching back to the 60s, he’s played bass with American pioneers Bud Powell and Don Cherry, and with his peers in the evolution of a European jazz aesthetic – Michel Portal, Louis Sclavis are just two.
His own groups are infused with a fascination with jazz as a global music – and his most recent band, The Hope Quartet, with saxophonists Francois Courneloup, Sebastien Texier and drummer Louis Moutin is a warm mix of filmic drama, fanfare, circus and swing.
‘All jazz history lives within him, with a flavour of something wonderfully exotic – a Corsican square, a North African party – thrown in.’ (Daily Telegraph)
The opening set from the Tori Freestone Trio, who are making waves on the British scene, showcases three highly experienced and eclectic musicians at their very best, with new album In The Chop House getting great reviews. They will be performing new work as part of this year's fantastic 21 Commissions Programme.
‘Her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound’ (**** The Guardian)