This track is a kind of pop ballad and it’s called ‘Short Story.’ Hope you enjoy.
Here’s what we said about it in the press release:
Saxophonist Matt Anderson and guitarist Jiannis Pavlidis have spent a great deal of time playing together over the past five years in a variety of different contexts, however they are at their least constrained and most spontaneous when working in the format of their latest album, where they are heard simply as a duo. On ‘Alone Together’ they build on a shared passion for the music of the Great American Songbook, performing classic songs and jazz standards in an open and sometimes abstract manner which can only be achieved by two musicians with an intuitive feel for each others’ next move.
In other news, Jiannis Pavlidis and I have our new duo record coming out next Sunday the 20th September. It’s a standards record and will be available online for the mega-low price of £1.50 (although you can pay more if you like!) – see https://www.facebook.com/events/807618512670792/ for more info – we’re also doing a gig at Seven Jazz in Leeds at lunchtime to promote the release.
Some other news is that the Wild Flower Sextet album has now been released digitally so it’s now available on Apple iTunes at this address as well as for streaming on Apple Music.
Finally, there are a couple of collaborations coming up with one of my favourite guitarists, Jiannis Pavlidis. We’ve recorded a duo album which is to be released online through James Hamilton’s New Jazz Records on September 20th with a gig at 7arts in Leeds. The second thing is totally crazy and I don’t want to full-on announce it until it’s confirmed, but it involves a gig at a festival in Jiannis’ hometown of Thessaloniki, Greece, with a legendary American drummer…
In print, we’ve been in Jazzwise and Jazz Journal (with 5 stars), and then there’s been the online blogs such as Mike Collins, Adrian Pallant, Ian Mann and Marlbank. Press cuttings are up on the Wild Flower page.
In the same vein, I’ve recently completed an interview/EPK (electronic press kit) for the album which features a load of clips from the album behind me rambling on about various things. You can see it on YouTube here:
In other news, the Jiannis Pavlidis / Matt Anderson duo album is nearing completion – it’s in the final mastering stages now and artwork is being designed. We’re releasing it as an online-only album through New Jazz Records, a great new label set up by James Hamilton, and it should be available in the next month or two.
There are a few more reviews coming in, notably a great one from Adrian Pallant’s blog which you can read here.
We’ve had a few reviews so far – Peter Jones of LondonJazz reviews the CD here: http://www.londonjazznews.com/2015/02/cd-review-wild-flower-sextet-wildflower.html
Ian Mann (the Jazz Mann) reviews our Shrewsbury Jazz gig and the CD here: http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/wildflower-sextet-the-hive-music-media-centre-shrewsbury-17-01-2015/
Pianist Mike Collins (on his jazz reviews blog) reviews our Bristol, Be-Bop Club gig here: https://jazzyblogman.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-wildflower-sextet-bebop-club-bristol-friday-13th-february/
The album is officially released on the 9th March, when it’ll become available to purchase in all the usual places. For a pre-order copy, come to one of the gigs where I have them on sale!
There are two gigs left in the tour – I hope you can make it along!
26th February 2015 – Northants Contemporary Jazz, The Castle, Wellingborough, 8pm – http://ncjazz.co.uk/
27th February 2015 – Birmingham Jazz, The Red Lion, Birmingham, 7:45pm – http://www.birminghamjazz.co.uk/gigs/2015-02-27/wild-flower-sextet