Saxophonist Trevor Watts (alto & soprano) is an important figure from the British free jazz scene of the '60s, as a founding member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and his own group Amalgam in the mid-1960's. These groups radically changed the face of European style Jazz and improvised music, and opened up the way for others. Watts worked with other major figures such as Stan Tracey, Louis Moholo, Tubby Hayes, and was a founding member of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra in 1972. He then ran the Moire Music group form 1980 to 1990, featuring his pianist Veryan Weston. Their duo has been developing its music for many years now. Their last recording on the Emanem label is called 5 More Dialogues and their latest release is a double CD recorded on their USA and Canadian tours in 2011. Although the music is totally improvised there is a definite feeling of construction and "form" to each piece and a strong Jazz feel. Rhythm and melody are equally as important as more abstract moments, and all these elements sit comfortably within each performance.
“Growing together as masters of the British free jazz scene in the '70s, this duo disclosed the perfect emotional and performance synchronization of two masters who do not even need the hint of a glimpse to know where they are headed. Veryan Weston's flair for tip-tapping, hectic rhythms—focused on the highest keys of his piano—found its twin in Trevor Watts' quick and crafty sharp notes, the alto saxophonist using his instrument's keys as if they were micro-drums; exploiting their percussive clicks as an additional enhancement of a series of sudden, high octave riffs. Weston alternated contrapuntal phrasings, following the sax in a mad dance, with a hint of slightly slower variations showing how a sediment of Stravinskian influences has become one with the freest vocabulary of his own trademark. The naturally flowing aura of the whole performance gave the impression of a joyful conversation between two friends who do not sentimentally remind themselves of the old times, but rather keep laughing and rejoicing about the endless creative possibilities of the here and now.” - Sara Villa, ALL ABOUT JAZZ magazine (USA), October 2011.
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