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LCD
featuring Mornington Lockett, Laurence Cottle, Martin Drew

A dynamic new band with a slightly unusual line up, which gives a great deal of musical freedom, dynamism and excitement, playing standard tunes and original compositions with a flair and virtuosity befitting three world class musicians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mornington Lockett : Saxophone

Mornington was born in London, but grew up on the Isle of Wight where he began playing jazz, sitting in with local traditional and mainstream musicians while still at school. At Dartington College, in Devon, he studied saxophone with Bobby Wellins, as well as classical clarinet, composition, and the North Indian Sitar. He persuaded the college authorities to allow him to take Jazz Saxophone as a first study, and became the first person in the U.K. to gain a degree qualification on the instrument. He moved to London in 1984 to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has worked professionally ever since.

As a member of the Ronnie Scott Sextet, Mornington worked extensively in Britain and abroad. He has recorded with guitarist Jim Mullen, singers Sarah Jane Morris (The Communards) and Ian Shaw, the group 'Sax Appeal’, and US bass guitar virtuoso Joe Hubbard. In 1995, he performed in concert with Cuban trumpet supremo Arturo Sandoval at the Barbican Concert Hall and more recently toured with Danish bass-player Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen. He is currently working / recording with Stan & Clarke Tracey and Oscar Peterson’s drummer, Martin Drew.

Mornington has recorded an album, entitled appropriately, ‘Mornington Lockett’ for the EFZ label. He lists his main influences as Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Coltrane, Steve Grossman and David Sanborn.

In addition to the previously mentioned, some of the musicians and groups Mornington has worked with include Jimmy Smith, Don Weller, Andrea Vicari, INXS, The Christians, S'Express, Monie Love, Trevor Horn, Richard Niles, Mario Castronari, Derek Nash, Ryuichi Sakamoto, World Party and US3.

A sample of the many reviews Mornington has received are as follows:

"One of the country's most accomplished contemporary improvisers ... with a fearsome technique and an advanced harmonic approach" - Time Out.

"Locomotive tenorist outsteams the competition" - The Guardian.

"Abrasive and roaring one moment, then cutting suddenly to a gentle caress......exciting stuff!" - The Venue.

 

Laurence Cottle : Electric Bass

Laurence has been playing on the London scene since his return from America in 1985.

While in the USA he played with Scott Henderson, Allan Holdsworth and was a member of the Jazz/Rock cult band ‘The Fents’, who recorded two very well received albums.

In the last five years he has been a member of the Jim Mullen Quartet and produced Jim’s last three records.

Laurence was featured on Jason Rebello’s first album which was produced by Wayne Shorter.

He has also recorded with Itchy Fingers, Bob Berg, Mornington Lockett and has performed with Eddie Henderson, The Mike Gibbs Orchestra and Oscar Peterson’s drummer, Martin Drew, and his own fantastic big band.

Laurence’s solo album is available on ‘Cream Records’.

His amazing virtuosity and ability to fit in to many musical genres ensure that Laurence is one of the most sought after musicians around today.

 

Martin Drew : Drums

Born in Northampton, England, Martin started to play the drums when he was six years old. Played his first professional engagement at thirteen. He has been involved in all kinds of music, particularly jazz, in the studio, concerts, clubs, radio, television, and been featured with many major artists at home and abroad. Recognised as a dedicated, travelled, experienced and respected musician, Martin has played with, and been requested by, many of the world’s great musicians. He has a wealth of experience, natural ability, a fine technique and the ability to adapt and fit into many different kinds of playing situations. Martin has been playing for over 50 years, won awards, and has entries in various books and encyclopedias all over the world. His track record is one to be proud of, and speaks for itself.

For thirty years, from 1974 until 2004, Martin toured and recorded all over the world with the legendary piano genius, Oscar Peterson. He played with the late, great Ronnie Scott for twenty years, from 1975 to 1995. With Ronnie’s various bands, and numerous other groups, Martin performed countless engagements at the world famous Ronnie Scott's Club, in London.

Some of the outstanding musicians Martin has worked and recorded with are:

Al Cohn - Al Haig - Alan Skidmore - Anita O’Day - Anita Wardell - Art Farmer - Arturo Sandoval - Barbara Dennerlein - Barney Kessel - Benn Clatworthy - Benny Carter - Benny Goodman - Bill Holman - Bill Perkins - Bill Watrous - Bobby Hutcherson - Bobby Shew - Bobby Wellins - Bob Wilber - Bosko Petrovic - Buddy Childers - Buddy DeFranco - Bud Shank - Carmen McRae - Charles McPherson - Charlie Mariano - Chet Baker – Chico Freeman - Chucho Valdes - Clark Terry - Conte Condoli - Count Basie - Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Davide Petrocca - Dexter Gordon - Dick Morrissey - Dizzy Gillespie - Eddie Daniels - Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis - Ella Fitzgerald - Frank Rossalino - Frank Wess - Freddy Hubbard - Gene Harris - George Coleman - Georgie Fame - Gil Evans - Hank Jones - Harold Land - Harry "Sweets" Edison - Herb Ellis - James Moody - James Morrison - Jim Mullen - Jimmy Smith - Jimmy Witherspoon - J.J. Johnson - Joe Henderson - Joe Pass - Joe Temperley - John Altman - John Dankworth - John Lewis - John Taylor - Johnny Griffin - Julian Joseph - Junior Mance - Ken Peplowski - Kenny Davern - Kenny Werner - Laurie Holloway - Lee Konitz - Lew Soloff - Manny Albam - Mario Mavrin - Marion Montgomery - Mark Murphy - Michael Brecker - Michel Legrand - Milt Jackson - Monty Alexander - Mundell Lowe - Niels Pedersen - Niki Haris - Paul McCartney - ‘Peanuts’ Hucko - Peter King - Phillipe Catherine - Phil Woods - Plas Johnson - Primoz Gracic - Ralph Sutton - Randy Brecker - Ray Brown - Red Holloway - Robert Farnon - Roland Hanna - Ron Carter - Ron Mathewson - Roy Eldridge - Ruby Braff - Scott Hamilton - Spike Robinson - Stan Getz - Stanley Turrentine - Stephane Grappelli - Steve Melling - Terence Blanchard - Terry Gibbs - Tete Montoliu - Tommy Smith - "Toots" Thieleman - Ulf Wakenius - Vic Lewis - Warren Vache - Woody Herman - "Zoot" Sims.

Admiring many drummers, Martin considers his main influences to be Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Billy Higgins, Joe Morello, Louis Hayes, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta, Mel Lewis and Buddy Rich.

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Thursday, 22 October 2009   LCD mind-blowing @ Corner House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Mornington Lockett (ten), Lawrence Cottle (bs.gtr), Martin Drew (dms).

 

My first thought when I saw the name of the band - LCD - was that this was going to be one of those "This next composition is one I wrote whilst running for the bus..." type nights.  I couldn't have been further from the truth!  I should have picked up the clue from Mornington's tee shirt - it had 'Blue Note' printed across front and rear and this was what it was - a contemporary Blue Note style blowing session.  All 3 musicians have technique to spare and woe betide anyone who crosses their path in a jam!

The last time I heard Martin Drew was at York when he was with Simon Spillett. Tonight, at Corner House, he was with another hard blowing hit 'em where it hurts tenor man in Mornington Lockett.  Apart from a couple of Pat Metheny tunes most were well known standards that provided the sax man with the perfect launching pad.  "My One and Only Love", "Autumn Leaves", "It Could Happen To You", "Yesterdays", "Donna Lee" were some of the tunes that the piano less trio took to the cleaners and hung out to dry.  Michel Petrucciani's "My Bebop Tune" had an amazing cadenza-like intro from ML that was breathtaking. The same tune also saw some clever interplay between bass and drums.  The finale - "Just in Time" - was taken at tempo di Jenson (Button) which meant it was fast.  No prisoners and no pit stops.

Apart from ML there were some incredible happenings from Cottle. Playing a five string bass guitar he played chord patterns and intricate runs as if he were playing a fast action lead guitar.  Martin Drew - is there anything left to say about Martin? The man is rock steady, he's deservedly regarded as one of the best kitmen around and tonight he didn't put a beat wrong.

I'm not going to start preaching again save to ask the so-called moderns why miss an evening like this?  Having said that, the audience may have been small but it oozed quality in the form of bassists, drummers and a few saxy persons.

Lance Liddle

 

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