Welcome to the website of musician and composer Alex Merritt
Alex is a London-based tenor saxophonist and composer involved with jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical music. This page will document Alex's various musical happenings as they are presently and as they evolve.
ALEX MERRITT/ GARETH FOWLER QUINTET TOUR FEATURING PABLO HELD AND PERCY PURSGLOVE
Here is an extract from a very fun gig at Kansas Smitty's on the Alex Merritt/ Gareth Fowler June 2019 tour featuring Pablo Held. Full tracks to follow.
Here's two extracts from the last gig of the tour at the Geldart in Cambridge
Full tracks to follow soon
The recording session was a great chance to document some of the music from the tour and I will also be sharing some footage from the session soon.
Thanks to all of the wonderful musicians involved in this project, audiences that came out to listen to the gigs, the Arts Council England for funding the tour and Tristram Smith for filming our gig at The Geldart.
It was a great pleasure to invite Pablo across from Cologne to join us and we hope to follow-up with more concerts next year so watch this space.
ALEX MERRITT/ STEVE FISHWICK QUINTET UPCOMING 2020 DEBUT ALBUM
The Alex Merritt/Steve Fishwick Quintet album will be released in 2020 and I am looking forward to sharing it with you all. The record features brand new compositions by myself, Steve and John. NEW VIDEOS TO FOLLOW SOON. Keep an eye on this page for 2020 tour plans and album release information.
ALEX MERRITT QUARTET ALBUM 'ANATTA' RELEASED TO STRONG PRESS REVIEWS
‘A promising jazz debut of striking quality.’ John Fordham, the Guardian, *** Full Guardian Review
‘Merritt’s warm, dry, Getzian fluency is a joy, whether intertwining with Turville’s mysterious, unpredictable chordal shifts or bubbling with controlled fervour........
....This feels like just the beginning… and what a beginning’. Adrian Pallant, AP reviews, ***** Full Review
‘It’s one of the best UK jazz recordings I’ve heard this year’. Stephen Graham, Marlbank News, **** Full Marlbank Review
‘Merritt is not only an artist to watch, but also to listen to, as one would a dawn chorus: with eyes closed and mind opened’. Tyran Grillo, All About Jazz, ****1/2 All About Jazz/ECM Review
‘Merritt’s rich but dry tone traces a line back to the Cool School jazzers such as Warne Marsh’. Robert Shore, Jazzwise, **** Full Jazzwise Review
Order the album: amazon.co.uk/Anatta-Alex-Merritt-Quartet/dp/B016RBRJSQ
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