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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 2018

Alex

MARCH

7th: AH Quintet featuring Robbie Robson –
Ruislip Golf Club, 8.30pm

9th: AH Duo featuring Andrew Robb (bass) –
Verdi Room, Royal Albert Hall, 8pm

10th: AH Trio, featuring Dave Walsh(drums) –
Zeffirillies, Ambleside,  8.30pm

11th: AH Trio, featuring Yuri Goloubev(bass) –
The Old BlueCoat School, Thatcham, 4pm

12th: Renato D’Aiello Qt –
Ronnie Scotts Bar, 8pm

17th: Simone Craddock Qt –
Toulouse Lautrec Kennington, 8.30pm

23rd: AH duo featuring Joe Downard (bass) –
Verdi Room, Royal Albert Hall.

25th:  Kate Winter Duo –
Savoy Hotel, Thames Room, 8pm

29th: Jamie O’Donnell Qt –
The Spin Jazz Club, Oxford, 8.30pm

APRIL

2nd: Renato D’Aiello Qt –
Ronnie Scotts Bar 8pm

4th: Solo piano –
The Ned, Bank, 4pm

6th: Damon Brown Quintet –
The Bear, Luton

7th: Damon Brown Quintet –
Archduke, London, 10pm

8th: Damon Brown Quintet –
Green Man, Croydon, 1pm

20th: AH Trio –
Archduke, London, 10pm

22nd: Ainhoa Alvarez Qt –
Half Moon Putney, 1pm

24th: Budley LaRoar Duo –
Cellar door, London, 9.30 pm

27th: Art Themen Qt –
Norden Farm Arts Centre Maidenhead, 8pm

28th: Kate Winter Trio –
Savoy Thames Room, 8.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

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