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01 June 2015, UK Vibe, Mark Gates
'Routed in folklore and yet encompasses many styles and influences, ranging from early folk music to baroque, classical and contemporary jazz, the different themes throughout the suite sit well together as a whole, with the listener taken on an engaging and enchanting journey.'

'I am delighted that Magna Carta Suite is acclaimed by the most valuable jazz journalists in the country. Here is what they said about the album:

☆☆☆☆ 'Alex Hutton’s suite is a distinguished example.' Dave Gelly,The Observer

39 minutes of stimulating and pleasurable music' Peter Vacher, Jazzwise

'The worlds of classical and English folk music saturate this concept album.' Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

'A thing of great beauty' - Peter Jones, London Jazz News
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nterview with Alex Hutton - Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News

'Leaves you with a `proud to be British` glow.' Euan Dixon, Jazz Views
Album of the Week - Jazz News
Take Five Q&A with Alex Hutton - Jazz News

'Alex Hutton is one of the UK’ Jazz’s hidden treasures. ' Ian Mann, Jazz Mann
☆☆☆1/2 'A brave and ambitious album that includes some brilliant moments but the overall impression is still that of something of a “Curate's Egg' - Ian Mann, Jazz Mann

'Alex Hutton makes some history with the Magna Carta Suite' Stephen Graham, Marlbank

MAGNA-CARTA SUITE

2015... The 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta signing...

Taking inspiration from the countryside around my daily dog walking duties, I’ve composed a whole album of music. The history surrounding Wraysbury and Runnymede runs deep. The ancient woodland of Ankerwycke shelters a 2000 year old Yew tree. Some say 2300 years… When you’re looking up at the branches under which Roman soldiers would have gathered (perhaps to discuss the building of aqueducts) - the first thing you think is ‘ if the tree could talk - what stories it must have…’

The music starts with an homage to the old tree. Enter King John and the Magna Carta (1000 years later) and the Barons who made him sign it (somewhere in this ancient woodland - under the tree perhaps? There’s tension, celebration, bliss, more tension, and some other moods before returning to ‘the tree’ in modern times. This is all captured in the compositions.

I steal from Palestrina, early folk music, Baroque, Classical, and comtemporary idioms. But I think its just a natural progression from my earlier albums. I’ve used some very talented people to help me get this recorded. Apart from the fantastically lyrical bass playing of Yuri Gloubev, and the palette of powerhouse drummer Asaf Sirkis we have some very beautiful guest appearances from Liz Palmer (Baroque flute) and Liesbeth Allart ( Cor Anglias.) We also have multi-instrumentalist/artist Neil Sparkes (Transglobal Underground/Temple of sound) who adds some inspired spoken word to the music.

Recorded at Masterchord Chord Studio London
The album was released on 13 July 2015.

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LIVE DATES

Alex

FEBUARY 2017

0102/17 Sicily, Victori, London 7pm - Solo piano http://www.eatatsicily.com

02/02/17 duet w/ Grace Rodson @ Chino Latino Vauxhall London. 8pm www.chinolatino.eu

06/02/17 Frank Griffiths /Robbie Robson Qt Red Lion, Isleworth TW76QJ 8.30pm

07/02/17 Shard Aqua w/ Zoe Devlin, London bridge, SE19SG

10/02/17 Hurlingham Club - Solo Piano 8pm SW63PR https://www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk

16/02/17 duet w/ Grace Rodson @ Chino Latino Vauxhall London. 8pm www.chinolatino.eu

17/02/17 Martin Shaw Qt. Norden Arts Centre 8pm SL64PF https://norden.farm

23/02/17 Alex Hutton trio, Cascais Jazz Club Lisbon Portugal https://www.viralagenda.com/pt/p/CASCAISJAZZCLUB

24/02/17 Alex Hutton trio, Cascais Jazz Club Lisbon Portugal https://www.viralagenda.com/pt/p/CASCAISJAZZCLUB

25/02/17 Hurlingham Club - Solo Piano 8pm SW63PR https://www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk

26/02/17 Alex Hutton trio, (W/ Josh Kemp - sax /Dave Whitford- bass) @Oxford Wine Cafe ( jazz on sundays)... 6-30pm https://www.oxfordwinecafe/jazz.co.uk

28/02/17 Heidi Vogel Qt Greystoke, Ealing 8pm

MARCH 2017

3/03/17 Alex Hutton Trio, (yuri goloubev, nic france) Atrium, Clitheroe, 8-10 pm www.atriumclitheroe.co.uk

04/03/17 Hurlingham Club - Solo Piano 8pm SW63PR https://www.hurlinghamclub.org.uk

08/03/17 Nicola Emmanuel Trio - Rosewood Hotel Holbourn London 8pm

09/03/17 Frank Griffiths Qt - Spin Jazz Wheatsheaf , Oxford 9pm www.spinjazz.net

16/03/17 Kate Winter Trio - Savoy 8.30-11.30pm

17/03/17 Verdic Room, Royal Albert Hall 8-10pm www.royalalberthall.com

19/03/17 Alex Hutton Qt featuring Art Themen Eagle Tavern, Rochester Kent 1-4.30 pm theeagletavern.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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