Due out on 22nd November as a self-released EP with a stellar line-up, Alex Hitchcock’s “Outside In” should have been a full length album and not just a 4-track EP, but that, I have to say, is my only “criticism” which, in this case, is not really a bad thing, but a sheer selfish mention by me as I would have loved to hear more of this beautiful music!
Funded by HelpMusicians through the Peter Whittingham Award, this EP is simply brilliant. Perfect in its small format.
Let’s look at the line-up first, which as I said earlier, is 1st class: Alex Hitchcock on tenor saxophone, the beautifully haunting voice of Cherise Adams-Burnett on tracks 1 and 2, Will Barry stunning performance on piano, Fergus Ireland on bass and Shane Forbes with his dominating drums.
There is a video accompanying my short write-up courtesy of the band, this was filmed, earlier in the year, during a live gig at the Royal Albert in Deptford, South-East London. It is a great mini-film, (shot at times in black & white which suits the music so well) highlighting once again the talent and creative energy by Hitchcock & co.
All tracks are of course composed by Alex Hitchcock who has put together a perfect little new work. “Outside In” works on all levels because it is fresh and outstanding in its innovative output.
I loved every single nuance.
Senior writer: Erminia Yardley
Photo credits: Feature – Dave Stapleton of Edition Records & Sam Palmer
Last modified: September 20, 2019