Saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and pianist Euan Stevenson's New Focus is one of the most appealing, most beautifully realised projects to emerge on the Scottish jazz scene in recent years.
Originally conceived as a fiftieth anniversary tribute to saxophone giant Stan Getz's 1961 classic 'with strings' album, Focus, the group has developed a style all of its own, with Scottish folk nuances as well as a driving, exciting momentum.
Showcasing the Scottish Jazz Awards 2017's Instrumentalist of the Year Wiszniewski's ravishing tone and inventive, soulfully communicative playing and Stevenson's elegant, coolly considered pianism, their compositions ooze melodic richness and possess a flowing, cinematic quality.
They arrive at the Crypt direct from two nights at Ronnie Scott's and will feature music from their recently released second album for Whirlwind Recordings, New Focus On Song, as well as its Scottish Album of the Year-shortlisted predecessor and possibly one or two surprise choices of covers.
"Perfect festival fare: rich arrangements, memorable themes, fine playing and a unique mix of jazz, classical and folk" - Alison Bentley, London Jazz News
"concise, hauntingly original pieces" - The Sunday Times.
'Firmly in the International class' - The Herald
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