Blazing Flame Quintet is: Steve Day, Peter Evans, Anton Henley, Julian Dale & Mark Langford.  They use jazz improvisation in interpreting the songs/text of Steve Day. The band grew out of the original Blazing Flame featuring Keith & Julie Tippett.                     

 


Blazing Flame Quintet

 

         

 

Blazing Flame Quintet can be contacted via earssteveday(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Note:  FouGou Media handle all live bookings and media promotions for Blazing Flame Quintet. Please contact: Tel. 01803 898570 or 07967 790358 www.fougoumedia.co.uk   

 

Blazing Flame Quintet are currently playing a number of selected dates in the UK:

 

  • Tuesday 12th December 2017 - The Greenbank Hotel, Bristol BS5 6DP
  • Friday 19th January 2018 - The Theatre Shop, Clevedon BS21 6HX
  • Wednesday 31st January 2018 - The Speakeasy, Toorak Hotel, Torquay TQ2 5JS
  • Friday 2nd February 2018 - The Vortex, London N16 8AZ 
 

Geraldine Hill-Male, Chew Valley Arts Project, 2017  

 

"Thanks so much for last night. It was a great evening....  the band were hugely impressive.... people there really enjoyed the challenge of your music and performance..... (and) came away raving about you and the band.  Good luck with your work in the future."

 

 

 

 

 The Set List Shuffle (Leo Records CD LR 788)

 

David Cristol, The Jazz Magazine, 2017, France

 

"I am repeatedly listening to the latest Blazing Flame CD - it is mindblowing. Previous albums by Steve Day were really good too, but the band have topped themselves with this one..... In an ideal world, such a project/record should be number one." 

 

Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record, 2017, USA  

 

"....an organic melding of vocal and instrumental, structure and liberty, clarity and allusion." 

 

 

 

  

 

Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz, 2017, UK

 

 .....The album is a challenge because it comprises three different aspects.

 

In a way it takes us back to Poetry and Jazz, born in the 1920s with poets like Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot but very much a part of Jack Kerouac and Bob Kaufman's 'Beat' generation. That means that the poetry is a central part. The verse itself is complicated and so to respond to it, listener or musician, you have to have some grasp of its intention.

 

David Amran, Jack Kerouac's musical colleague is quoted as saying: '.....We did listen intently to one another. Jazz is all about listening and sharing. I never drowned out one word of whatever Jack was reading or making up on the spot..... We had mutual respect for one another, and anyone who joined us received the same respect.'

 

Secondly, the (BFQ) music is improvised. Peter Evans, Julian Dale and Anton Henley have played with larger ensembles of Blazing Flame before. They know the name of the game. Mark Langford is new to the line-up, but you would never know. These are very talented musicians who not only play fine solos but who respond and understand each other well.

 

Thirdly, and you don't see this on the album, is performance. Steve Day's voice is not like that of most vocalists, but he also performs his poetry with the enthusiasm and actions at times reminiscent of ....Jagger or Joe Cocker. This is worth mentioning in discussing the album because of the unseen dynamic that takes place between Steve's approach and the response it brings from the musicians.

 

Click on King Of The Raina track from The Set List Shuffle,

filmed during the recording of the album.

 

 

Blazing Flame Quintet - Background Information 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazing Flame Quintet (2017) Julian Dale, Peter Evans, Anton Henley, Steve Day, Mark Langford

 

 

Blazing Flame Quintet is the working incarnation of a collective ensemble originally formed around Steve Day's recordings for Leo Records.  See discography.  The BF-Quintet (The Set List Shuffle line-up) was formed in the Autumn of 2016.

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Loach Song in concert at Ashburton-Live 2017 

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Loach Song live at Cafe Kino 2017.

 

Click Blazing Flame Quintet - Jay live at Cafe Kino 2017

 

  • Steve Day:  Voice/hand-percussion.  Live, he enacts original song form through the ensemble's improvisation.  "Just like the other guys in the band, my interest is in improv.  Sure, my stuff is pre-written, the writing element equates to a personal practice, in performance my words undergo a transformation, perhaps even a translation.   Ornette Coleman to Langston Hughes are among my milestones.  I am who I am, carrying many different writers in my pocket; Yeats, Snyder, Plath and Beckett, plus jazz writers like the great Valerie Wilmer.  Eventually you realise you are somewhere on your own and you have to let them all go to some degree."
  • Peter Evans: 5-string electric violin/violin.  Peter Evans is not simply an electric violinist.  There is nothing simple about his approach to music.  He had a long association with the Bird Architects, an electric band who broke new ground in bridging 'rock', 'jazz' and 'fusion'; taking the results to many unlikely venues.  His composition Furlongs Dash is a classic of the genre. As well as being a central force within Blazing Flame Quintet, it is also possible to catch Evans performing the classical repertoire with the Dorian String Quartet and other orchestral ensembles. 
  • Mark Langford:  Tenor saxophone/bass clarinet.  Mark Langford was a founder member of Bristol Music Coop, a catalyst for free improvised music in the South West.  Wind & Fingers, Both Hands Free, Thinko Jazz, Outloud and Bullit were just some of the key bands in which he has played reeds, keyboards, and acted as composer.  He has now quickly established himself as a vital voice within Blazing Flame Quintet, but is also involved in free 'jazz'/improvising ensembles with such players as Phil Gibbs, Paul Anstey, Bob Helson, Dominic Lash, Tony Orrell and Roger Telford.  Check out the recordings, Fringe Music and Exchange.
  • Julian Dale:  Double bass/cello.  He is a former winner of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival's Young Composers Competition.  He teamed up with the original BF-Collective for the Murmuration album.  His career spans a number of key 'jazz' and rock ensembles and has played with jazz pianists such as Tim Richards and Raimundo Fernandez.  He currently has his own solo projects as a singer and conducts as well as composes for string and symphony orchestras, recently producing and arranging a 'chamber version' of Steve Day's I Talk To Genius in which Dale performs all the vocal and instrumental parts.  Dale's 'straight' compositions have been broadcast on Radio 3, his bass playing featured on BBC Radio 1,2,3,4,6 & BBC TV 1, 2 & Channel 4.   
  • Anton Henley:  Drums/percussion.  Anton Henley is the only other member of Blazing Flame Quintet to have been present on Steve Day's debut album for Leo Records, Visitors.  Unlike the rest of the band his musical background is mostly, though not exclusively, related to rock music.  Important, because he often offers a central pulse to proceedings from which he can divert at will.  His knowledge of drums and all forms of percussion is extensive.  He is also a professional quality bookbinder, photographer and graphic artist. 

 

Blazing Flame are regularly featured on national and independent radio in the UK and Europe as well as podcasts and smaller stations in America and Canada.  From the beginning the legendary French specialist Taran's Free Jazz Hour have given all three Blazing Flame CD's on Leo Records airplay.  The whole shows are Click red listen.  The time count is given if you want to go straight to Blazing Flame:

 

  • Blazing Flame Quintet are featured playing Coal Black Buddha click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (3) from The Set List Shuffle. Time count: 1:21
  • Blazing Flame are featured playing Off The Coast Of Fukushima and Bed Of Straw click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (2) from Murmuration. Time count: 52.22
  • Blazing Flame are featured playing Baptised Boy and There's A Spark In The Heart Of Joan Of Arc click Taran's Free Jazz Hour (1) from Play High Mountain Top. Time count: 1.14. (Note: This programe also features Taran Singh giving a superb reading of Langston Hughes' Six-Bits Blues.)

 

 

   

 

 

Blazing Flame (2015 line-up) Anton Henley, Steve Day, Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Aaron Standon, Peter Evans, Fiona Harvey

 

The above line-up is featured in the short films below.  In 2016 Julian Dale replaced Fiona Harvey in the line-up and recorded the album Murmuration.  

 

Blazing Flame - Blow

Blazing Flame - Nemesis For Nina (Parts 1 & 2)

Blazing Flame - The Mona Lisa

Blazing Flame - Stone Circle

Blazing Flame - Ghost Writer

 

Film soundtrack:  recorded & mixed at J & J Studios by Jim Barr.  Filming & editing by Steve Gear & Nick Sutton at Calling The Shots.

 

 

The line-up below recorded Blazing Flame Play High Mountain Top, Leo Records CD LR 687. 

 



 

 

 

Blazing Flame (2013 line-up) Steve Day, Julie Tippetts, Bill Bartlett, Keith Tippett, Dave Perry, Aaron Standon, Peter Evans, Fiona Harvey, Anton Henley

 

 

Nick Lea, Jazz Views, 2013, UK

 

"This is an ambitious project from Blazing Flame, and would we really expect anything less from the prolific and consistently enterprising Leo Records, that startles and delights in equal measures."


"Play High Mountain Top takes the words/lyrics of Steve Day, and sets them to music from the Blazing Flame collective.... (a) unique aggregation." 

 

"....Keith's playing is an inspiration throughout, whether working in partnership with Bartlett or heard adding his accompaniment and commentary to the ensemble. The depth of his playing is no more clearly felt than on the exceptional 'There Was A Spark In The Heart Of Joan Of Arc'...." 

 

"Perry.... stands out for his contributions on bass clarinet. The instrument has such an expressive capability and an ability to bring an added depth to the contexts in which it is deployed, as can be readily heard on the superb 'My English State of Mind'...."

 

"In a well programmed set, 'Zoltan Shakes The Dice' has a tumultuous rhythmic emphasis and shakes up everything and everyone else...."