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Jazz from three nations.

Byline: Philip Key

BRITISH jazz saxophonist Martin Speake will be bringing a truly international quartet to Liverpool's Bluecoat Arts Centre next month.

Barnett-born Speake will have a Swedish pianist, an American drummer and a British bass player.

Of them all, drummer Paul Motian is the best-known, a legend in jazz circles for his work with the Bill Evans Trio of the 1950s and 1960s.

Evans took jazz to new intellectual heights in the period and Motian was very much part of the new sound.

His albums with Evans included Portrait in Jazz, Explorations and Sunday at the Village Vanguard. He later worked with other influential jazzmen like Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley and Charlie Haden.

Since the 1970s he has led his own groups and become a composer of distinction.

His addition to Speake's line-up is a coup for the 43year-old saxophone player who did not start playing until he left school, started his first job and bought an alto saxophone.

He later studied classical saxophone at Trinity College of Music where he began playing with jazz musicians Simon Purcell and Mark Lockheart.

With them he toured Europe, South America, Africa and the USA. He formed his own group in 1988.

He is now Saxophone Professor on the Royal Academy of Music's jazz course.

Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson has been playing since the 1960s with his own quartet as well a alongside American jazzmen like Stan Getz, Don Cherry and Charles Lloyd.

Bass player Mick Hutton is a former train driver who has been a professional jazz musician since 1981.

The Martin Speake International Quartet is at the Bluecoat Arts Centre at 8pm on Thursday, December 6.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 28, 2001
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