Jazz saxophonist teacher at Trinity Laban, Martin Speake, featured on BBC Radio 3's In Tune in August, chatting to host Sean Rafferty about his new CD, Always a first time.
Martin, who critics call "…one of the most lyrical, inventive and profound jazz musicians in Europe", also kicks off a UK tour with Jeff Williams (drums) and Mike Outram (guitar), with a concert at Kings Place on 14 September.
Jeff and Mike were unable to make it to the BBC studios, so Martin was joined by Trinity Laban jazz student Corrie Dick and Nick Costley-White from Guildhall, to play three tracks from Always a first time.
Martin has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of jazz, with individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.
After studying at Trinity Laban (then Trinity College of Music), Martin was a founder member of the award winning saxophone quartet, Itchy Fingers, touring extensively and recording two albums.
In 1988, he left the group to develop his own projects, and establish himself as a composer and improviser. Martin started his own record label, Pumpkin, in 2007, and teaches around the UK, including at Trinity Laban.
Tour dates and CDs are available at www.martinspeake.com
BBC interview - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b038xrdf
Picture - (L-R) - Nick Costley-White, Martin Speake, Sean Rafferty, Corrie Dick