Steve Fishwick, Sam Braysher, Pete Hurt, Owen Dawson, Sam Rapley, Nick Costley – White, Alcyona Mick, Dave Whitford, Dave Hamblett, John Warren
The John Warren Nonet comprises some of the top players on the British scene performing John’s exciting, swinging and melodious compositions. Initiated by a commission from the Jazz Nursery in 2016 the group gave the first performance of ‘AwhereAbout’ (a four part suite inspired by Warren’s homeland) at the Golden Hinde and have subsequently performed at the Vortex, Jazz at the Karamel, and The Spice of Life as part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival. “After the interval came ‘AwhereAbout’, which takes its name from a made-up word conjuring the expanses of the Canadian wilderness. Warren’s 50-minute four-movement work – inspired by the folk stories of the indigenous Algonquin people – was shot-through with inventive arranging and Gil Evans-esque tutti writing. Trumpeter Steve Fishwick roared out of the blocks on the opening number ‘Story of the Drum’, and as the four sections progressed there was a real sense of development, culminating in the catchy central theme of the last movement, ‘Land of Deep Water’.” Jon Carvell – Jazzwise Originally formed in 2008 to play works spanning 40 years, a different all star line up (Simcock, Nightingale, Sulzmann, Siegel, Presencer, Shaw, Hart, Maddren & Donkin) recorded 2 CDs of the music. “Finally Beginning’ and ‘Following On’ are available from Fuzzy Moon Records.