Paul Towndrow and Nigel Hitchcock: Encounters
This encounter between saxophonists Paul Towndrow and Nigel Hitchcock has its roots in the Celtic fusion of the Peatbog Faeries, where the Skye-based Hitchcock is a regular with his fellow island resident, trombonist Rick Taylor. Towndrow did some gigs with the band in expanded horn section mode, and when promoter Todd Gordon invited him to put a saxophone group together, he opted for Hitchcock.
‘I’d been toying for a while with asking Nigel to do something collaborative, and when Todd approached me, it seemed the perfect opportunity,’ Paul explains.
‘Nigel is a bit of a legend. He has complete control of the instrument, a vast musical vocabulary, brilliant sound and terrifying technique. Any saxophonist who has not heard him should check him out immediately! When I get a sniff at the chance to perform with great players, I always go for it because I know I’m going to learn a lot, but I feel that we are different enough as musicians to make the gig very, very interesting.’
The two hornmen team up with pianist Paul Harrison, bassist Mark Hodgson and drummer Alyn Cosker in what is envisaged as a ‘tribute to the saxophone’. They will play music from the likes of Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, and will also air a couple of new original tunes from Towndrow’s forthcoming album, Newology, scheduled for release in June.
City Halls, Glasgow, Sat 16 May