ASC Catalogue


ASC CD171 No Going Back (£10)
Kruglov/Miller Kompania


   

Vladimir Miller piano, composer | Alexey Kruglov (sax, bassethorn, declamation, conductor) | Orchestra 'Krugly Band' with special guests Sergey Starostin, Yury Yaremchuk, Alexander Alexandrov, Yury Parfenov and Arkady Kirichenko

"No Going Back may well be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Thoroughly addictive… theatrical… entertaining" Adrian Pallant, AP Reviews


ASC CD170 Wintertide (£10) Vlad Miller and Notes from Underground


   

Vlad Miller - piano | Les Booth - electric bass
Dave Rohoman - drums | Adrian Northover - saxes

ASC are delighted to be releasing 'Wintertide', an album of original tracks by ‘Notes From Underground’, recorded at Map Studio, Kentish Town, London.

This is their second album to date and this time includes Adrian Northover on soprano and alto saxes, an addition to the trio previously heard on their first release 'Diaghilev's Dance'. Coming from a background of free and experimental music, Adrian's creative edginess brings unexpected light and shade to the compositions.


ASC CD169 The Family Tree (£10) Gavin Barras

The Family Tree
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Gavin Barras - Double Bass / Acoustic Guitar | Jeff Guntren - Tenor Saxophone
Jim Faulkner - Guitar | Dave Walsh - Drums

'The Family Tree' is the new album from UK double bassist / composer Gavin Barras. The inspiration for the album has come from the concept of family, both literal and also ‘musical’ family, such as band members, contemporaries and musical heroes. The record features ten new compositions, all written since Gavin became a father for the first time in June 2016.


ASC CD167/8 The Jazz Years (£12.50) Daryl Runswick


   

Daryl Runswick - Double Bass / Vocals
with Don Rendall, Alan Branscombe, Spike Wells, Jim Philip, Mike McNaught, Mike Travis, Stan Sulzman, Tony Hymas, Harold Fisher, Alan Skidmore & Mick Pyne.

The late 1960s and the '70s was a period when Daryl Runswick’s multi-faceted career included a stint as a virtuoso jazz bass player; he could be heard both at Ronnie Scott’s and on recordings accompanying such luminaries as Ornette Coleman, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, Blossom Dearie, Eddie Harris, Al Haig, Ray Russell, John Taylor and of course Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, with whom he stayed for 13 years. His own groups, various incarnations of which are presented here, were no less star-studded. A rare treat is also included: Daryl’s solo performance (singing and playing) of 'Song of the Double Bass Player' with lyric by Clive James.

UK Vibe review


ASC CD166 Paris (£10) Mike Westbrook

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Mike Westbrook solo piano

"You will need to look far indeed to find a more lovely jazz record this year." Duncan Heining, all about jazz
"...an hour of solo piano that is fresh, rich and improvised...the songs seem to segue seamlessly into each other, in a glorious free associative swirl." Andy Robson, Jazzwise.
"...a revalation...I imagine the audience spellbound." Patrick Hadfield, LONDONJAZZNEWS
"A Potent Album Dedicated To Life, Love And Friendship...serene, powerful and tender, echoing a full and committed life of tunes, friends, love, visions, memories and moments...a rare and cherished album." Chris Searle, Morning Star

Mike's first solo piano album in almost 40 years was recorded live by Jon Hiseman in July 2016 at Hélène Aziza’s Paris art gallery and music venue, 19 rue Paul Fort in the 14th arrondissement of the city.


ASC CD165 Telling Jokes (£10) Tina May & Steve Plews Trio

Telling Jokes
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Tina May vocals | Steve Plews piano | Gavin Barras double bass | Johnny Hunter drums
plus Steve Waterman (trumpet), Alan Barnes (reeds) and The New World Ensemble (strings)

"...fabulous self-penned songs, some finely reworked standards...an album of multifarious charms" Peter Quinn, Jazzwise.
"...intelligent, musically rich and wholly satisfying...very warmly recommended." Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal.
"Tina May has the perfect jazz voice: expressive, rich yet agile... The combination of May and Plews is a potent one." Colin Clarke, Fanfare.


ASC CD162/3 A Bigger Show Live (£15) Mike Westbrook & Company

A Bigger Show
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Kate Westbrook & Martine Waltier voices | Billy Bottle voice & bass guitar | Sarah Dean alto saxophone and clarinet, Roz Harding alto saxophone | Alan Wakeman tenor & soprano saxophones, Gary Bayley tenor saxophone | Ian Wellens baritone saxophone | Mike Brewer & Sam Massey trumpets & flugelhorns, Dave Holdsworth sousaphone & pocket trumpet | Stewart Stunell, Andy Dore & Joe Carnell trombones | Ken Cassidy bass trombone | Jesse Molins & Matthew North guitars | Marcus Vergette bass | Coach York & Theo Goss drums | Mike Westbrook keyboard | Tim Goodwin dramaturge

Double CD recorded in concert at The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter on Thursday 30th July 2015.

"What a splendid rumpus...Shows don’t come much bigger." The Scotsman
"...music that is by turns exciting, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Let's hope it really is “the show that never ends”!" Patrick Hadfield LondonJazzNews
"Possibly only Mike Westbrook could have created the epic circus-cum-fairground phantasmagoria of A Bigger Show..." Rob Adams Herald Scotland
"...the playing throughout is first-rate...great music, great entertainment and great fun." Duncan Heining AllAboutJazz


ASC CD161 Positive Changes (£10) Dan Whieldon Trio

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Dan Whieldon piano | Philippe Aerts acoustic bass | Hans van Oosterhout drums | with Jean-Paul Estiévenart trumpet

"Whieldon displays a confident and strongly melodic writing style" all about jazz review


ASC CD160 The Importance of What is Not (£10) Steve Plews Trio

The Importance of What is Not
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Steve Plews piano | Gavin Barras double bass | Johnny Hunter drums

"Plews in meditation mode is a painterly, mystic poet of the first water." Paddy Kehoe, RTE
"Plews demonstrates a seemingly effortless ability to meld strident, chordally rich passages with lyrical extemporisation." Roger Farbey, Jazz Journal.




ASC CD157 From Out of My Music Box (£10) Neil Todd Ensemble

From Out of My Music Box
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Charlie Hearnshaw alto and tenor sax, clarinet | Chris Lee piano | Neil Todd acoustic bass | Tony Plato drums | with Andrew Vaccari trumpet | Andy Dore trombone | Neil Maya tenor sax


ASC CD156 Black Ship Bright Sea (£10) John Bailey Quintet

Black Ship Bright Sea
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The John Bailey Quintet features John Bailey (nylon string guitars), Richard Iles (flugelhorn), Tim France (sax), Gavin Barras (double bass) and Steve Hanley (drums).

"... an album of both intellect and mischief." Jazz Goes To Leeds review
"... quietly seductive set" Clive Cooper, Jazz Journal 03/15


ASC CD155 'Bootleg Eric' Newton/Tracey Band

Bootleg Eric
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Dave Newton piano | Clark Tracey drums | Alan Barnes reeds | Guy Barker trumpet | Don Weller tenor sax Iain Dixon tenor sax | Mark Nightingale trombone | Andy Cleyndert double bass

When Wakefield Jazz celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 1997 this band was specially commissioned to write a suite, perform it and record a CD. Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club, April 1998.


ASC CD154 Cannonball (£6) Barnes/Weller Band

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Alan Barnes reeds | Don Weller tenor sax | Steve Fishwick | trumpet | John Donaldson piano | Steve Brown drums | Alec Dankworth double bass

A tribute to Cannonball Adderley. Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club, May 2000.

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ASC CD152 Anywhere (£6) Plews Ensemble

Anywhere
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Steve Plews piano | Mike Walker guitar | Jeff Clyne double bass | Trevor Tomkins drums

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ASC CD149 Fine'n Yellow (£10) Kate Westbrook Mike Westbrook

Fine'n Yellow

Kate Westbrook voice | Mike Westbrook piano | Chris Biscoe saxophones, alto clarinet | Pete Whyman saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet | Steve Berry double bass | Jon Hiseman drums
Dedicated to the memory of Margery and John Styles

“Mike Westbrook is opening new vistas in his writing” Franpi Barriaux, Citizen Jazz
“Chris Biscoe is marvellous on saxophone. Mike’s sparse piano playing, Ellingtonian and Monkish at the same time, is a beautiful mount for Kate’s dark voice, which is as extraordinary as ever. An amazing piece of work.” Pierre-Henri Ardonceau, Jazz Magazine
“Kate Westrook’s lyrics have been enriching partner Mike’s music since the 1970s, most recently with the Art Wolf project, but here I think she has surpassed herself. This is the Westbrook’s best release in a while – and that says a lot” Duncan Heining, Jazzwise


ASC CD145 Mercury (£10) Mercury

Mercury
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Tom Thorp saxophones | Dan Brew guitar | Gavin Barras bass | Jim Molyneux drums

'Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism - a perfect combination.' Gwilym Simcock

Check-out videos from Mercury's 2013 Album Tour.


ASC CD144 Two Sequences and a Dream (£6) E,F

Two Sequences and a Dream
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After three tortuous years avoiding conventional harmonics, rhythm and structures, Two Sequences and a Dream emerges with carefully textured pieces which reward repeated listening. Here are electronica, motifs and improvisation, mixed with driving, fractious beats, and a tonal palette comprised of manipulated instrumental and found sounds, treated and assembled.

Two Sequences and a Dream is the sixth album by Sheffield duo “E,F”, their fifth to be released by ASC Records.

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ASC CD143 Derelict (£6) Steve Plews / Ed Jones

Derelict
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Steve Plews electric violin, drums, prepared piano | Ed Jones tenor and soprano saxes, percussion

"...explores darkly urban, alienating soundscapes, rebalanced by regular moments of quiet tenderness...a frank, heartfelt offering...conveying between the rugged lines a warm humanity" Lara Bellini review
"...the effect is intoxicating. Each track is a short glimpse that leaves you both satisfied and desperate to hear just a little more." lmjazz

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ASC CD141 Paisean (£10) Paisean

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Ed Jones tenor sax | Steve Plews piano/electric piano | Gavin Barras double bass | Dave Walsh drums

"..talented group from the UK scene....some refreshingly sharp shifts in gears on tracks like the moody drift of Hobart 1909 and Things I Have Not Seen. An album that reveals its nature gradually." Emusic summer jazz picks 2012.


ASC CD135 Day of Reckoning (£10) Gavin Barras Quintet

Day of Reckoning
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Gavin Barras bass | Ed Jones tenor saxophone | Steve Plews piano | Corey Mwamba vibes | Dave Walsh drums

Independent review | The List review | Northern Echo review


ASC CD134 Into the Light (£10) George King

Into the Light
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George King solo piano


ASC CD133 secret spaces volume 2 (£10) Steve Plews Trio

Secret Spaces 2
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Steve Plews piano | Gavin Barras bass, bass guitar | Michael Gilbourne drums

"...a handsomely conceived and produced disc." Jazzwise, 08/12.
"A totally original, well paced programme and an innovative approach to jazz piano trio..." Jazz Journal, 08/12.


ASC CD132 live at the Vortex in London (£10) Julian Joseph

live at the Vortex in London
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Julian Joseph solo piano

'Julian Joseph is a world-class jazz pianist with large-scale compositional skills and a passport to the contemporary-classical world. ... an arresting reminder of Joseph's powers and deep awareness of the jazz tradition.' John Fordham, The Guardian, 20/01/2012.
Guardian review
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ASC CD131 Dragonfly (£10) Jonathan Gee Trio

Dragonfly
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Jonathan Gee piano | Joseph Lepore double bass | Nasheet Waits drums

Telegraph review | LondonJazzNews review | all about jazz review | Jazz Man review


ASC CD130 second-handed blues (£10) Adam Fairhall and Paul J Rogers

second-handed blues
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Adam Fairhall piano | Paul J Rogers electronics, sound sculpture

"A haunting and intriguing set of performances." Andy Hamilton: International Piano Magazine, autumn 2011.


ASC CD112 allsorts (£10) Kate Westbrook Mike Westbrook

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Kate Westbrook voice | Mike Westbrook piano
Selected songs recorded between 1991 and 2009 by Jon Hiseman at Temple Music Studios.

"Allsorts succeeds courtesy not only of Kate Westbrook's consistently intelligent approach to a lyric (adopting what amounts to a dramatic persona where appropriate, as in 'Limehouse Blues' or the grippingly acerbic 'Pirate Jenny', rendering the straight-from-the-heart sincerity of 'September Song' or 'You'd Be So NiceTo Come Home To' all the more touching), but also of Mike Westbrook's subtle, perfectly judged but robust piano playing. A fine memento not only of a great live act, but also of a wonderfully fruitful, long-lasting collaboration between two highly original artists and a sympathetic and sensitive studio." Chris Parker, VORTEX.


ASC CD98 Three is One (£10) Howard Riley

Three is one
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Howard Riley overdubbed pianos

"... a remarkable achievement." Brian Morton: Jazz Review, April/May 2008


ASC CD50 Seven Moments (£10) Ed Jones

Seven Moments
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Ed Jones - soprano/tenor saxophones | Mika Myllari - trumpet | Jonathan Gee - piano
Geoff Gascoyne - double bass | Winston Clifford - drums | Nicol Thomson - trombone

Guardian review


ASC CD20 Love or Infatuation (£10) Kate Westbrook Mike Westbrook

Love or Infatuation
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Kate Westbrook voice | Mike Westbrook piano
Love Or Infatuation / Awake in a Dream / Falling in Love Again / You've Got That Look / You Leave Me Breathless / This is The Moment / The Moon's Our Home / Love Or Infatuation / The Boys in the Backroom

A jazz cabaret based on on the Hollywood songs of Friedrich Hollaender devised and performed by the Kate Westbrook / Mike Westbrook Duo.
First performed as part of a tribute to Hollaender's music at the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 1996.


ASC CD17 out here (£10) Ed Jones

Out Here

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Ed Jones - tenor saxophone | Byron Wallen - trumpet | Jonathan Gee - piano | Geoff Gascoyne - double bass | Winston Clifford - drums | Max Beasley - vibraphone

"The leader’s impassioned tenor saxophone sets the tone for this impressive set by a quintet of youngish British turks. Drummer Winston Clifford,a commanding presence, drives the band forward with almost terrifying ferocity." Dave Gelly: The Observer


ASC CD16 Inner Minor (£10) Howard Riley

Inner Minor

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Howard Riley solo piano

"He's in great shape, both technically and artistically." AllMusic Review by François Couture


ASC CD3 Secret Spaces (£10) Steve Plews

Secret Spaces
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Steve Plews piano | Jeff Clyne double bass | Trevor Tomkins drums

"A primary influence on Mr. Plews would seem to be the early Bill Evans trio from 1961 but he is expanding the format with his own idiosyncratic methods of writing and performing." Derek Ansell: Jazz Journal.


ASC CD2 Piper's Tales (£10) Ed Jones

Piper's Tales
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Ed Jones - tenor saxophone | Jonathan Gee - piano | Wayne Batchelor - double bass
Brian Abrahams - drums