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JazzUK invited a random sample of those with their
fingers on the UK jazz pulse to nominate some
favourite up-and-coming artists for 2006.

For me, it’s Barry Green (no
relation), the pianist. He’s a
tremendous player with a great
attitude and has such a broad
outlook about the music. He’s only
26 years old and he’s got all the
ears you could imagine. He came
out of the Guildhall course. He’s
already one of my favourite
We’ve been doing some afternoon
sessions at the Academy with
Martin Speake and the American
drummer Jeff Williams. I do duo
gigs with Barry whenever I can and
we’re hoping to do a recording
together in the New Year.


My choice for a name to watch out
for in 2006 is Tim Lapthorn. A deft
and musical pianist who exacts
such a big and lovely sound from
the instrument. He's a bandleader's
dream as his soloing is first rate but
equally complimented by his
inventive and interactive comping,
going completely with the soloist.
This is one of the many reasons I
find him so enjoyable as a pianist in
my nonet.


Nick Haward is not only an
excellent bass player but has
recently flowered (with the help of
WayOut West) into an imaginative
leader and composer with a band of
stunning young players who
collectively really have something
to say.
Frank Walden, a baritone player
in the classic mould and every inch
the modern player, Bruno Heinen, a
pianist who frequently defies
rhythmic gravity (and comes out in
the right place), and the extremely
aware drumming of Nick
Ivo Neame is as strong on alto as
he is on piano and still waters that
do run deep. Jim Hart is a


powerhouse of ideas on vibes and
Steve Kaldestad plays definitive
and breathtakingly well informed
tenor sax, while Vassilis
Xenopoulos's effusive tenor playing
is identifiably ‘up’ and promises
Simon Allen is a real groover on
tenor and alto, Graham Fox is the
most listening young drummer I’ve
heard and Mark Hanslip blew me
away with his sheer effortless
ability on saxes.
Then there’s Nette Robinson, who
is a cool and deadly accurate
singer and for my money Liam
Noble (though I know maybe he's
on the outside edge of ‘new and
young’ and all that) is the gov'nor
on piano. He has definitive time,
totally uncluttered projection of
ideas, and a cool passion that is as
comfortable with his Romance
Among The Fishes as on my
Personal Standards or with The
Homemade Orchestra. That’s real
There’s also Mike Outram (and
another Way Out Wester ) who
really is the ultimate modern
guitarist. Listen to a set from him
and you can hear all the influences;
Kenny Burrell sits comfortably next
to John McLaughlin, Jimi Hendrix
and John Scofield. Listen to him
comping and check out how
intelligent his progressions are,
how effortlessly observant he is in
ensemble. He's another guvnor.

(Promoter, Director Cheltenham Jazz
I’d go for Liam Noble - he’s been
around a while but is very underrated,
and his new album is something
special. And I’m really excited by the
saxophonist James Allsop and his
band Fraud. I’ve heard him with
Richard Fairhurst and on a project we
did with Graham Collier, and he’s
really impressive. I also like the singer
Julia Biel who I’ve heard with the Fire Collective People think of her as a
folksy singer/songwriter, but she was
really powerful in front of F-ire.