Blazing Flame features Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Steve Day, Aaron Standon, Peter Evans, Fiona Harvey & Anton Henley.                                                

 

The band use improvisation to interpret and abstract the songs of Steve Day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazing Flame (2015)  L2T back row: Keith Tippett, Julie Tippetts, Peter Evans, Fiona Harvey; L2T front row: Anton Henley, Steve Day, Aaron Standon

 

 

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.

 

 

Stop Press:  Murmuration the second album by Blazing Flame will be released in the summer of 2016.  The eight piece collective includes Keith Tippett (piano) and Julie Tippetts (voice), acknowledged as among Europe’s very finest improvising musicians/composers. Steve Day‘s contribution to Murmuration is twelve dialogue poem/songs each with an internal narrative, featuring Aaron Standon (alto sax) and Peter Evans (electric 5 string violin), both are formidable players and sometime members of the Bird ArchitectsJulian Dale, the new bassist/cellist, comes from a strong orchestral background and drummer, Anton Henley and Bill Bartlett (playing flute on 4 tracks) are founder members of the BF-Collective.  Julie Tippetts’ stunning interpretation of the Murmuration title track, together with the dynamic improvised elegy, Edgehill, are just two of the album’s highlights.  This music is rich in considered language at a time when idle talk comes cheap.  

 

 

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

 

 

 


 

 

Blazing Flame (2013)  L2R: Steve Day, Julie Tippetts, Bill Bartlett, Keith Tippett, Dave Perry, Aaron Standon, Peter Evans, Fiona Harvey, Anton Henley

 

 

REVIEW: Jazz Views, December 2013, Nick Lea

 

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. Whilst it is therefore obvious that the words are a predetermined factor it remains less apparent how much of the music may have some written parts or pre-arranged cues, or be wholly improvised, and too much of an analytical approach would only serve to dilute the impact of this unique aggregation. 

 

It is always something special when husband and wife, Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts perform together, and this is no exception. In this instance, their respective roles rely less on the interaction between the couple, but more how Julie responds to the tenor voice of Steve Day and similarly how Tippett manages to blend the acoustic piano with the electric counterpart played by Bill Bartlett. In this respect the pairing is entirely satisfying with the tonalities of the two keyboards producing a pleasing sound and with the pianists staying out of each other’s way, thus avoiding any possible clashes. In fact, 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’ in which he is heard with just electric violin and voice, before being joined by other members of the ensemble.

 

This doubling up continues with the pairing of saxophonists, Aaron Standon and Dave Perry with the sound of alto and tenor bouncing lines off each other in most satisfying dialogues, supporting each other and the narrative of the words most ably. Perry in particular 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’, and the closing ‘Lament TV’.

 

In a well programmed set, ‘Zoltan Shakes The Dice’ has a tumultuous rhythmic emphasis and shakes up everything and everyone else in its all too brief appearance, before Day and Tippetts bring this down to a more sedate pace in their duologue on the title track.