His new collaboration series with guitarist Ant Law, ‘Same Moon in the Same World,’ is a call for solidarity and connection translated into music. The series takes its name from a line in Haruki Murakami’s 1999 novel Sputnik Sweetheart: ‘we’re both looking at the same moon in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line.’ Recorded remotely across multiple continents in 2020 and 2021 in response to a time of unprecedented isolation and atomisation, the first album in the series features guest contributions from vibraphonist Joel Ross, pianist Shai Maestro, bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Williams and Jasper Høiby, and drummers Jeff Ballard, Kendrick Scott, Sun-Mi Hong and Eric Harland

A line from Haruki Murakami’s 1999 novel, ‘Sputnik Sweetheart’, has been cited by the duo as the source of inspiration for the album’s title and concept: “we’re both looking at the same moon in the same world. We’re connected to reality by the same line”. It’s beautifully put and all the more poignant when applied to recent circumstances.

Alex Hitchcock , der Saxophonist ist ein unverwechselbarer Improvisator und eine führende Stimme auf seinem Instrument. Der für den Ivor Novello Award nominierte Komponist hat sich durch seine innovativen Kollaborationen einen wachsenden internationalen Ruf als Initiator und Katalysator fesselnder musikalischer Begegnungen erworben, die ‚die Grenzen“ immer ein Stückchen weiter verschieben (jazzmania BE). Jazzwise UK beschreibt ihn als erstaunlich schnell denkenden Virtuosen und zunehmend kreativen Bandleader. Seine Kompostionen sind inspiriert von den einzigartig kreativen und vielfältigen Stimmen der Musiker mit denen er zusammenarbeitet – immer mit menschlicher Verbindung und Kommunikation als Leitprinzip.

 

 

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Recorded in 2020 and 2021 across multiple continents – bridging the gap between London and Tel-Aviv, and Amsterdam and New York – the album brings together a stellar cast of guest musicians performing new compositions: vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassists Linda May Han Oh, Ben Williams and Jasper Høiby, and drummers Jeff Ballard, Kendrick Scott, Sun-Mi Hong and Eric Harland

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Alex Hitchcock – Tenor saxophone

Ant Law – Guitar

Jasper Hoiby – Double bass

Sun-Mi Hong – Drum kit

Territories Europe and on demand

TOURDATES 2024

  • June 7th:  NL – Bimhuis

Availabilities: 3- 9 June / July 15-18 and 29-31

 August is available apart from 9-11. 

and on request 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press

‘Already a big presence on the British scene as both an astonishingly quickthinking virtuoso, and an increasingly creative bandleader/composer’

John Fordham

‘Exquisitely subtle collection of tunes… the clearest indicator to date of the stratospheric trajectory on which this super-talented quintet is indubitably heading’

All About Jazz

‘uk post-bop virtuosos alex hitchcock and ant law lead a terrific multinational band’

the guardian

‘some of the tenor lines are nothing short of extraordinary – phrasing that floats in from another atmosphere altogether’

London jazz news