Stan Sulzmann: saxophone; Nikki Iles: piano
Saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and pianist Nikki Iles are iconic figures on the UK jazz scene composing and playing in their own distinctive contemporary styles. However despite a long-standing musical friendship and frequent collaborations, it has been almost 20 years since Stan and Nikki recorded their first album “Treasure Trove” together. Their new offering, “Stardust”, celebrates a shared love of songs, as well as featuring an original composition from each, and was released to great acclaim in late 2015.
A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier and Gwilym Simcock, as well as a prolific output as bandleader. Nikki Iles is a real favourite of Sheffield Jazz audiences and was described by John Fordham (The Guardian) as: “ one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK scene in recent times, with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing”.
“Saxophone-and-piano duets are tricky, mainly because, as listeners, we’re used to hearing a double bass providing support and feel a bit lost without it. The players can be left feeling exposed too, except when they’re as good as Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles, in which case they revel in the occasional moments of uncertainty that occur. As a display of technical and mental agility, these nine pieces verge on the stupendous, but they also have great charm. Mainly playing improvisations on elegant old standards, they overflow with melody and a kind of cheeky good nature”. Dave Gelly, The Observer
“Every single nuance of the playing is captured and the almost telepathic rapport between Sulzmann and Iles shines throughout”... Jazz Mann
Support from Sam Jackson’s Drawing Hands 8.00pm
Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles @Seven Arts Thursday 1 December Doors 7.30pm £16/14 conc