Perhaps the defining British saxophonist of the past 20 years, Courtney Pine, is to tour the UK again.
Emerging from a young generation of jazz musicians in the early 80s, Courtney Pine embodied a new spirit in British music. Gone was the bowing to America, and in came a uniquely homegrown stylist who took the legacy of men like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins and blended it to the sounds he heard around him.
Fiercely outspoken and completely dedicated to jazz, Pine began blending jazz with Caribbean sounds and hip hop rhythms. Producing startlingly new sounds, the saxophonist became perhaps the most recognisable British jazz figure to date, playing to enraptured audiences up and down the country.
A noted broadcaster, Courtney Pine was recently recognised for his work in British music by being awarded the Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire. After his visit to Buckingham Palace, the musician went straight back into the studio to being work on his twelfth studio album.
The resulting album is called ‘Transition In Tradition’ and sees Pine on ferocious form. Hailed by some critics as his finest album to date, the new album will be released later this year.
Courtney Pine is set to tour after the album hits the shops, and has chosen a band that can follow the subtleties of his music. With a rhythm section comprising of Robert Fordjour, Alex Wilson, Darren Taylor and Cameron Pierre this may well be Pine’s finest ensemble to date.
Courtney Pine is set to tour the UK throughout September.