'Gil Evans in Miniature'
An exciting new sextet comprising six of the UK’s most sought after musicians, collectively celebrating the music of jazz composers Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Django Bates, Mike Gibbs, Eddie Harris, John Lewis, Carla Bley, Mike Mainieri, and Alan Toussaint, in a programme of personal favourites.
A fan of Gil’s for years, Mo was thrilled to get a call in 1983 inviting him to tour with the Gil Evans British Orchestra (alongside UK jazz luminaries John Marshall, Stan Sulzman, Ray Russell, John Taylor, John Surman, and Henry Lowther).
“Gil’s sound world left such a lasting impression that when I put together this new band in 2016 for a gig at Dean Street’s Pizza Express Jazz Club the sound I was aiming for was Gil Evans in Miniature: structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos. I chose the players simply because they were the best: the guys played brilliantly, and it was a wonderful sold-out night. Because of the positive response from audience members and promoters we’re now looking to fix further gigs for this unique and highly magical project". Mo Foster
MO FOSTERBass Guitar and band leader: After forming 70’s progressive jazz/rock group Affinity (managed by the late Ronnie Scott) his career blossomed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass-guitar player, working with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Gerry Rafferty, the London Symphony Orchestra, and establishing himself as a much sought after and highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist, author, and raconteur.
RAY RUSSELLElectric Guitar and Fx: Session player, collaborator, band member, arranger, composer, producer and visiting Professor of Music at Leeds University, Ray has worked with Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, Mark Isham, Anthony Jackson, Simon Phillips
JIM WATSONKeyboardist, Pianist, Organist, Musical Director, Composer, Arranger: Jim has worked with with Manu Katche, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Katie Melua, Paul Carrack, Chris Difford, Patti Austin, Richard Bona, and Lalo Shifrin.
CHRIS BISCOEReeds (Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Baritone Sax, Alto Clarinet). Band-leader, composer, Chris has worked with Mike Westbrook, Liam Noble, George Russell, Hermeto Pascoal
NIC FRANCEDrums and Percussion: has worked with Loose Tubes, David Gilmour, Bill Withers, Mose Alison and teaches at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
CORRINA SILVESTERPercussion: worked with Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla, Hans Zimmer Live at Hammersmith, on stage at Royal Opera House, held many Principal Percussion chairs in London’s West End theatre, Monty Python at O2, and Drum Captain for London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
Three Views Of A Secret ■ Jaco Pastorius
Django ■ John Lewis
Freedom Jazz Dance ■ Eddie Harris
Gone Gone Gone ■ George Gershwin
Gone ■ Gil Evans
The Pan Piper ■ Gil Evans
Jelly Rolls/Hotel Me ■ Gil Evans/Miles Davis
Mood ■ Miles Davis/Ron Carter
Sing Me Softly Of The Blues ■ Carla Bley
And On The Third Day ■ Mike Gibbs
Some Echoes ■ Mike Gibbs
Mile Beyond ■ John McLaughlin
Yellow Hill ■ Django Bates
Self Portrait ■ Mike Mainieri
On Your Way Down ■ Alan Toussaint
So Far Away ■ Mo Foster/Ray Russell
14 W 55th St ■ Mo Foster/Ray Russell
Oh No ■ Mo Foster
"The band was superb”
Clem Cattini (drum legend)
“A splendid night”
Chris Welch (Journalist)
“Excellent show - Superb sound throughout. It was a masterclass”
David Stark (Songlink)
“Such great music - a natural high - so many great influences coming out”`
Mark Garfield (Music Publisher)
“Such an inspiration”
Alan Boyd (Film Maker)
“A rare night of great music - lovely vibe, immaculate sound - the music connects very directly”
“Mo’s bass sound was amazing, particularly the fretless, wow!”
Martin Petersen(Bass Gallery)
“The band needs more shows! It was such a great night - would be a shame if more people didn’t get to see them perform”
Natascha Rogacki (Fragile Management)