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'Surrounded by Sea' Andy Sheppard

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Mar 3, 2016 Updated Mar 11, 2016

Featuring the latest offering from UK sax player & composer Andy Sheppard and his third record date for ECM.

Surrounded by Sea is the 2015 album from England's Andy Sheppard, and contains a variety of original compositions, mixed with arrangements of everything from an interpretation of a Gaelic lullaby to Elvis Costello covers. Joining Sheppard in the studio was drummer Sebastian Rochford, bassist Michel Benita and guitarist Eivind Aarset. The quartet heavily rely on the use of space, coupled with the lush textures from Aarset's guitar effects and Rochford's array of percussion.

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Tipping Point' (Sheppard, Benita)
2. 'I Want To Vanish' (Costello)
3. 'Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir (Part 1)' (trad)
4. 'Origin of Species'
5. 'They Aren't Perfect and Neither Am I' (Rochford)
6. 'Medication'
7. 'Aoidh, Na Dean Cadal Idir (Part 2)' (trad)
8. 'The Impossibility of Silence'
9. 'I See Your Eyes Before Me'
10. 'A Letter' (Benita)
11. 'Aoidh Na Dean Cadal Idir (Part 3)' (trad)
12. 'Looking for Ornette'

All tracks composed by Andy Sheppard, except where indicated.

CD: Surrounded by Sea - Andy Sheppard (ECM 2432)
Image: Sara De Costa/Andy Sheppard's website

Song broadcast Thursday March 10
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Andy Sheppard (born 20 January 1957) is a British jazz saxophonist and composer. He has been awarded several prizes at the British Jazz Awards, and has worked with some notable figures in contemporary jazz, including Gil Evans, Carla Bley, George Russell and Steve Swallow. Biography: Sheppard was born in Warminster, Wiltshire, England, in 1957. At the age of 19 he emerged as a musician in the...

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