Jazz saxophonist, Mark Lockheart from Lymington, England says his new album came about pretty quickly. He is one of many artists on the scene who do not want to be pigeonholed into only one category of music. Although he has been on the jazz scene in the U.K. for many years he wants to expand into other genres. He was a part of the big band, Loose Tubes back in the '80s and since then has gone on to form different quartets.
After leaving the band he formed a jazz/folk quartet, Perfect Houseplants. They released 5 albums before going their own way. What I love about this jazz artist is he's open to other music genres and has played with rock bands, Prefab Sprout, Radiohead, Thomas Dolby, and a host of others. Since the beginning, his music defies categorization. His talent holds no bounds and in 2013 he released his radical reworking of Duke Ellington's music with the album, Ellington In Anticipation. Listen to My Caravan with its abstract saxophone sounds and grooves. The album won rave reviews and was one of the best jazz releases that year. Most recently he released a major jazz
orchestral album, Days On Earth with a 30 piece jazz orchestra in 2019. His new album, Dreamers will be released on January 28th with limited edition vinyl. For those of you that are vinyl collectors, this is one you will want to own. On this new release, he says“I wanted this music to be unfussy and direct, but also unpredictable and surprising. The writing happened quickly for this album – my only intention being not to be restricted by style or genre. Of course, there are influences and with hindsight, I can hear many of them, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach, Ellington, and Kraftwerk are all here, not sure how, perhaps they were all in one of my dreams!”
Mark Lockheart has a few tour dates scheduled in the U.K. and we hope he comes to the U.S.
sometime this year to tour especially here in New York City. Check out this talented saxophonist/clarinetist/ composer and producer. Support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!