Revered saxophonist Denys Baptiste brings a wealth of experience to this latest Playtime session. In addition to leading his own bands and being a major force with Jazz Jamaica, Baptiste has played with piano giant McCoy Tyner, Blue Note Records master Andrew Hill, soul-jazz singer Marlena Shaw and drumming legend Billy Higgins, among many other luminaries.
His Let Freedom Ring! suite, based on the rhythms of Martin Luther King's famous I Have a Dream speech, is still making its presence felt almost twenty years after its premiere and his subsequent albums, including an early appearance by the exciting and now widely acclaimed drummer Moses Boyd, have continued to blaze a fearless trail.
This online session furthers Playtime's quest for adventure during the pandemic.
Formed by saxophonist Martin Kershaw and guitarist Graeme Stephen, with bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft in 2014 Playtime has given the quartet regular opportunities to try out new ideas, play new compositions and pay homage to jazz giants.
Before the Covid-19 outbreak, they created a real buzz around the Outhouse in Broughton Street's loft space every second Thursday by presenting informal sessions of superb quality. Tributes have been paid to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, to name just a few of the heroes whose music the quartet has honoured, and an album of completely free improvisation, showing another side of Playtime, has been released to considerable acclaim.
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