Laura Barnett wrote a feature in yesterday's Guardian about women in jazz. Thank you Oliver for pointing it out to me on the phone. Good piece.
'Well you can't say fairer than that then.'
Not quite true. That's not all I have to say. The UK/London angle?
Laura Barnett does cover it. She's interviewed Deirdre Cartwright and Trish Clowes who are both very thoughtful on this subject.
But my question is: Who do I think of- who do most jazz musicians see as the female musicians in London who are "really good and nobody can deny it," which might prompt me to recommend a gig or two.
Others will have other names. The first names I think of are .....
Kate Williams is from a musical family not to say dynasty. She also has that level of musicianship....as Maria Schneider says "nobody can deny it."
Same story. Out of town for a bit. There will be great gigs from both and I will want to catch them. But for now it's over to the CD collection.
Essential listening. A slow track. A composition which generously leaves huge air and space for the improviser. Gareth Lockrane on flute. Very eloquent. Sweet tone. You get to the end of the track.... and you find that Kate has let the other players find that all room in her composition ....but chosen not to take a solo on it herself.
Any more names?