Thursday 15 December 2011
Here's a clip of the first track from our set:
Webster/Holub/McLaren live in Brighton by colinwebster
Many thanks to Gus Garside and everyone at Safehouse for bringing us down there.
Monday 17 October 2011
BLUE SABBATH BLACK FIJI
Dusk Til Dawn, Archway, N19 3TD
solo 1 by colinwebster
Wednesday 5 October 2011
The album is due out in the UK and the rest of Europe on Oct 12th. We're having a UK album launch at Empowering Church in Hackney on Nov 11th.
During our summer tour in Western France we shot this video for 'She Is The Sea', on a particularly wet and windy day in St Nazaire:
Tuesday 19 July 2011
Both tracks we played on the session are now available here for download:
Colin Webster - Tenor Sax, Toby McLaren - Fender Rhodes, Mark Holub - Drums.
Special thanks to Resonance FM - www.resonancefm.com
Thursday 2 June 2011
Colin Webster - Tenor Sax, Mark Holub - Drums, Toby McLaren - Fender Rhodes.
Download it here
Sunday 1 May 2011
Mark was one of the first people I played improvised music with, and we played duo sets back in 2005 in places like the Red Rose Club, and the Bonnington Centre (both gone now sadly). Since then our playing together has mainly been in larger groups, but I always wanted to record as a duo. When we did the Koi Bombs session we recorded a few duos, which were great, but didn't fit with the rest of the stuff. This gave me the excuse I needed to finally book in a duo session to record some more.
We went into the studio with no pre-concieved ideas, and came out with about 15 short improvisations. For this session I took all my horns with me, alto, tenor, and bari. The bari is quite new, and the alto doesn't get played out very often, so it was exciting for me to experiment with these horns and see what I could get out of them.
We've justed finished mixing the tracks, and I've been listening hard and enjoying them. There's a real range of stuff - some very percussive, some melodic, some noise. It's going to be hard to decide what makes the final cut.
Thursday 7 April 2011
We recorded the album in Dalston, East London at the studio of our producer Malcolm Catto. This was the first time that we had worked with a producer in this way, having creative input into the overall sound of the record. It was also the first time we had multi-tracked ourselves. The previous two albums were done live, largely improvised, and all done in a matter of days. This time we spent a week on the rhythm section, jamming things and making adjustments to the compositions, and then about another three weeks on overdubs. The character of the new music is much less improvised than before, with an emphasis on composition, structure, and arrangement. Whereas before the saxophone lines would interweave freely through the track, this time it held down sections. And the brass sections were fat! I wrote and arranged brass section parts for most of the tunes, and was gifted a dream brass section to work with. Robin Hopcraft played trumpet. Robin is an amazing afrobeat trumpeter, and plays with his band Soothsayers, and also worked on the recent Fela musical. On bari sax and bass clarinet I had my good friend Shabaka Hutchings, who has guested and depped with The Spasm Band before, and was on ferocious form for this session. Somehow we got all the sections recorded in one day, and they sound amazing, I'm so pleased with them. I also multi-tracked myself on a few sections playing tenor and bari.
The new record should be out in June sometime, with a possible single release beforehand. Can't wait until it's out!
We've got a live show coming up soon as well on good friday at Passing Clouds in Dalston, where I expect we'll be showcasing a lot of this new album live:
Sunday 27 March 2011
This is the second time I'll play with Sheik Anorak (who also goes by the name Frank Garcia - head of Gaffer Records). In January I guested with LOUP - the duo of Sheik Anorak and Clement Edouard - for an extra noisy blow-out at Indo in Whitechapel. I'm expecting an equally, if not more intense show this time around. This show is also going to be extra special as it's at The Woodmill - an excellent artist-run studio/gallery space in South London, which is due to close in a couple of months.
Wednesday 2 March 2011
Monday 28 February 2011
The trio also played the legendary Boat-Ting (improv club on a boat on the Thames) earlier in the week. The intimate dimensions of the venue really suited us, and the set was very powerful. We hadn't played together for over a month, so things were fresh and firing! We also played a set the following week at Rays Jazz Cafe in central London. The polite coffee shop atmosphere was slightly at-odds with our outlandish improvisations, but after a bit of an apologetic start we got into it.
The album is now available from Gaffer Records http://www.gafferrecords.com/ and at gigs.
Here's a clip of the trio from the album launch:
More clips and sounds from the trio gigs coming soon.
Also in January I played a show as a guest with Loup - the duo of Sheik Anorak and Clement Edouard. We played an intense set at Indo in Whitechapel with Sheik Anorak on drums, Clement on alto and electronics and myself on baritone.. Hopefully some clips from this show coming soon as well.
Saturday 15 January 2011
Sunday 2 January 2011
'Koi Bombs' is the first release from my trio Webster/Holub/McLaren.
It's being released by Gaffer Records on CD-R this month.
We're playing a few London gigs to support the release:
17th January - Boat-Ting, on a boat, Temple Pier, Embankment
22nd January - ALBUM LAUNCH @ Stoke Newington International Airport, Stoke Newington
27th January - Ray's Jazz @ Foyle's Bookstore Cafe, Soho