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Martin Speake – saxophone
Ethan Iverson – piano
Fred Thomas – bass
James Maddren – drums

Leading British saxophonist, composer and jazz educator Martin Speake celebrates his 60th birthday and the launch of his latest album Intention (2018 - Ubuntu Music), a revival of his musical alliance with one of the most high-profile, exciting and innovative American jazz pianists, The Bad Plus's Ethan Iverson.

Citing Charlie Parker, Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman and Rabih Abou Khalil amongst his major influences, Martin Speake has developed a personal musical voice that expresses a deep understanding of the history and language of Jazz and an individuality as an improviser that is intelligent, melodic, cool, complex, direct, beautiful and profound.

A member of the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers in the 80s, he has recorded 18 albums as leader including the internationally acclaimed ECM release Change Of Heart with Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson and Mick Hutton.

Intention a quartet recording with Ethan Iverson, Fred Thomas and James Maddren, captures the breadth of his music within a selection of originals composed throughout his notable career revisited and reinterpreted alongside these three exceptional musicians.

"Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz on any continent."
Jazz Times

" . . . A dazzling exposition by a uniquely idiosyncratic virtuoso-scholar of jazz.”
The Guardian on Ethan Iverson


released April 20, 2018

Launch Tour Dates

20th April - Sheffield Jazz, Crookes Social Club, Sheffield, UK
21st April - Verdict Jazz, Brighton, UK
22nd April - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, UK
23rd April - Cheltenham Jazz, Cheltenham, UK
24th/25th April - Pizza Express Live, Dean Street, London, UK
26th April - St George, Bristol, UK
1st May - Jazz Hastings, Hastings, UK
3rd May - Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, UK
4th May - Lighthouse Poole, UK


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Martin Speake London, UK

Saxophonist, improviser, composer, jazz educator and nutritional therapist.
Own record label Pumpkin Records.
Recorded 18 cds as leader ft. many great musicians including Mike Outram, Jeff Williams, Paul Motian, Bobo Stenson, Oren Marshall, Mark Sanders, Colin Oxley, Nikki Iles, Barry Green,Dave Wickins, Simon Thorpe, Mick Hutton, Dharambir Singh, Sarvar Sabri and many more.
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