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MP3 Breach - On The Walk

"On The Walk" is the name of the debut release of the contemporary jazz trio from Scotland, "Breach". Memorable compositions and playing from 3 award-winning improvisers, guitarist Graeme Stephen, Hammond organist Paul Harrison, and drummer Chris Wallace.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (62:17) !
Related styles: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz, Jazz: Hammond Organ, Type: Improvisational

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Made up of award winning Scottish musicians, Breach are a new trio playing bold original music made up from international rhythms, sinewy melodies, glitchy textures, captivating grooves and flowing improvisation.

Pianist, keyboard player and composer Paul Harrison was born in Manchester, England. He settled in Scotland after entering Edinburgh University on a piano scholarship, and in his final year at University he was the winner of the prestigious Tovey Memorial Prize for performance. After graduating he changed direction, and through hard work and immersion became established on the Scottish Jazz scene, gaining significant admiration and respect.

He has performed on radio and television, and was the winner of the Scottish regional Final of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition in 1998 and again in 1999, both years going on to compete as one of six British finalists in London.
Paul travels widely and frequently, with many top Scottish performers as well as visiting international stars, having performed at the Cork, Montreux, and Shanghai Jazz Festivals and at the Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators in New Orleans. In recent years Paul has been called on to play with many great international stars of mainstream and contemporary jazz, including Tommy Smith, Chris Potter, David Binney, Bobby Watson, John Hollenbeck, Jesse Davis, Joe Locke, Ulf Wakenius and Warren Vache. Paul made his first trip to New York City in 2006, where he attended a workshop led by Ornette Coleman collaborator and 1960’s jazz luminary Henry Grimes, and also had a consultation with radical pianist Vijay Iyer. Around the same time his growing interest in electronic music and free improvisation led him to form the group Trianglehead, an avant-garde brew of arresting sonics, trio interaction and acoustic exploration. They developed their music at regular jams, recordings and public concerts across the UK - their debut album Maths was awarded the maximum 4 stars in Jazzwise magazine, and the follow up Exit Strategy was chosen by Herald critic Rob Adams as his favourite Scottish Jazz CD of 2007.

In 2009 Paul took up a position as a member of teaching staff on Scotland’s full time Jazz Degree course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

... “a highly accomplished and imaginative improviser...” (Jazzwise)

"He possesses a dazzling and fluent technique, and a comprehensive grasp of the intricacies of jazz harmony which is intelligently and imaginatively applied, whether on standards or on his own compositions." (The Scotsman)

"Harrison''s ease with different styles including ballads, big grooved salsa and gospel, gave his performance an air of authority and considerable depth... ... he seems to progress as an improviser every time he sits on a piano stool." (The Herald)

Graeme Stephen was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. Now living in Edinburgh, he performs with numerous projects playing a wide array of styles from free Improvisation to folk music.

Having recorded with various groups Graeme released his first CD with his trio in 2006. This recording was funded with a grant from the Scottish Arts Council and features New York based musician Eivind Opsvik on bass and London based drummer Stuart Ritchie.

Graeme leads a sextet of Violin, Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Guitar, Double bass and drums. This group was formed early 2005 perfoming throughout Scotland including concerts at Aberdeen Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Celidh Culture and featured broadcasts on Radio Scotland. Graemes compositions for this group take influence from the different styles of players involved, which include folk, jazz and classical disciplines.

The “Graeme Stephen Sextet” was selected for the Jazz Services Promoters Choice Award 2006 and performed at the London Jazz Festival and Manchester Jazz Festival. In 2007 Graeme was chosen to be one of the eight musicians from Britain to be part of Jerwood and Serious Music’s “ Take Five “ initiative.

Another collective group that Graeme performs and writes with is “Newt”. This is a trio of Trombone, Guitar and Drums and plays music with a heavy lean towards free Improvisation.

Graeme also performs regularly with the Fraser Fifield band playing the wonderfully eclectic music of Fraser in various combinations.

“Graeme Stephen has absorbed a whole range of influences from the classic pre-bop of Charlie Christian through to contemporary icons like Bill Frisell but is finding his own way to make use of that legacy”………The Scotsman

“One of the finest guitar trio records of recent years.... brimful of ideas and sensitivity”. . . . . Mike Butler - Newcastle Metro

“Stephen’s music speaks loudly of ambition, imagination, nous, and harmonic adventure yet teemed with the sort of tuneful realisation that swells the heart”...Rob Adams - The Herald

Chris Wallace was born in Canada in 1971. He toured and recorded extensively in the rock and pop field in Canada, the US and Europe through the 90s. As the year 2000 emerged Wallace finally dedicated himself fully to jazz and improvised music. This decision also brought him to Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arriving in Scotland he began working with many of the country’s top jazz musicians such as pianist Paul Harrison, trombonist Chris Greive, guitarist Graeme Stephen and many others. He has also performed with international artists such as guitarist Ulf Wakenius and trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz.

Wallace is co-leader of the experimental trio NeWt, a group that has begun building international credentials via its recent collaborative work with Berlin saxophonist Silke Eberhard . He is a member of violinist Vicky Fifield’s quartet “Devotion” whose debut album was released in April ’09 on F-IRE records. His newly formed quartet “Loose Grip” has begun working in Scotland and features John Burgess on tenor sax and Scottish guitarist of the year 2009 winner Malcolm MacFarlane.

In 2007 he relocated to Groningen in The Netherlands. While living there he had the chance to perform and jam with many international artists such as pianist Peter Beets, guitarist Freddy Bryant, saxophonists Mark Gross and Don Braden, and guitarist Jan Kuiper.

Wallace once again relocated to Edinburgh in March 2009. Since then he has been re-establishing himself within the heart of the Scottish improvising scene.

Wallace has studied in New York with the world renowned clinician/instructor Dom Famularo as well and studying jazz drumming with Ben Perowsky and Willie Jones III.

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