Jazz Plus Picks 017 | Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley | 23.01.18

Ahead of his Jazz Plus Presents gig at Servant Jazz Quarters on 6th Feb, Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley has picked out some of the tunes that have been lastingly inspirational for him.

Check them out below and don’t forget to follow our Jazz Plus Picks Spotify playlist HERE, for all these tunes and more.

Tickets for the 6th Feb gig AVAILABLE HERE.

Maurice Ravel – String Quartet in F major

This is one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve heard recently. Every single moment is portraying such an overwhelming emotion, it really is a masterpiece.


Goat Rodeo Sessions – Atta Boy

The whole album is other worldly, music without fear of being misidentified. Its genre skipping line up have such a wealth of experience and they work towards making one thing only – music for musics sake.


Christian McBride Big Band – Getting To It – Bringin It

I recently avoided bowing to royalty while freelancing on a show, though I was supposed to. However I would have no issue bowing to his highness Christian McBride. He bursts with soul and joyous radiance and is a huge hero of mine.


Chris Potter – The Dreamer is the Dream 

I had the pleasure of playing on a mini tour with Chris Potter and would like to state that the real Jesus Christ has arrived on earth. The other guy was a fake, he’s here now and everything is fine. Do I need to comment on Potter’s musicality? No, we all know.


Igor Stravinsky – Octet for Woodwind Instruments


Jaco Pistorius – Forgotten Love 

A piece I revisit frequently. Hauntingly beautiful with Hancock at the piano accompanied by strings. Always brings a lot of imagery out this piece and is one of the first tunes I heard growing up from my dad.


Gwilym Simcock – 1981

I couldn’t sleep after the first time I went to one of Gwilym’s gigs, honestly – I know that’s a cliche but that’s the only time that’s ever happened to me. Such an original individual sound, I was in some kind of shock!


1000 Umbrellas – XTC 

A great pop band that can make anything work harmonically. They’re outrageous with the way they bully harmony and bend unusual ideas into melodically driven accessible pop.


Eric Whitacre – Sleep

A gorgeous piece of music bringing choral music into the modern with both harmony and storytelling lyrics.


Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings 


Simply one of the greatest pieces ever written. Over 20 minutes of some of the most powerful emotions you could ever capture or discover as a composer or listener.


Linda May Han Oh – Perpluzzle

She sounds like no one other than herself. Her compositions are living and breathing. Her latest album ‘Walk Against Wind’ feels like a special moment in time. This particular tune is a real treasure. The secundal harmony that decorates or is an unidentical twin to the melody is the most exciting sound – the way I’d like to describe it is that it’s like tug of war for the ears which are walking on a tightrope whilst holding attracting ends of magnets. Giver her a listen and you’ll lose your mind too.

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