In 1987 Courtney Pine arrived on the British music scene with one plan, to take jazz music to a wider audience. His self-determination, drive and research took him beyond British shores and deep into the European continent where the seeds of this project began to take root.
His latest recording and live show incorporates the life travelling experiences of this relentless road warrior drawing back in time to Gregorian Chant, Scandinavian, Celtic, Spanish, Hungarian, Mediterranean melodies and rhythms that show like a geographical map, the scope, width and growth of the Continent.
Celebrating 24 years of award winning music making, Courtney ventures still further with this new work, his first all Bass Clarinet set and presents the latest chapter in the fascinating evolution of one of this country's most original musicians.
Pine’s 12th solo studio album EUROPA is released on Destin-e Records on February 28th 2011 and features a powerful multi cultural cast that reflect their own European stories.
Internationally renowned Double Bassist Darren Taylor, Drummer Robert Fordjour and Pianist Zoe Rahman are joined by special guest Mandolinist Cameron Pierre, to make a unique record that has been (in Courtney's words) over 45 years in the making.Photo: Gary Wallis
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