What I’m Listening To: Tom Barford

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You’ve heard the music they create, but have you ever wondered what’s on the playlists of our Jazz Orchestra musicians?

We’ll be revealing just that in our What I’m Listening To blog series.

This week, NYJO Tenor Sax 2 chairholder Tom Barford gives us an insight into what he’s listening to and what inspires him.


Circuits – Chris Potter

This album was a real treat to find. I’ve always loved jazz saxophonist Chris Potter’s playing and composing over the years, from the ‘Underground’ band to his more through-composed ECM records. This album is a lot closer to the ‘Underground’ side of things than his most recent albums. It’s a source of inspiration for my own writing at the moment.

Hold It from Circuits album:


The Melody At Night With You –Keith Jarrett

This treasure trove includes amazing solo piano renditions of jazz standards and folk songs. It’s got a melancholic tone throughout – rumour has it that Keith was recovering from illness and hadn’t played the piano for months before recording this album in his front room.

I Loves You Porgy from The Melody At Night With You album:


American Dreams –Charlie Haden

This album has some incredible string arrangements by Vince Mendoza, Alan Broadbent and Jeremy Lubbock. There’s also some stunning playing from Michael Brecker, Brad Mehldau and Brian Blade. I would definitely recommend a listen!

Sotto Voce from American Dreams album:


Travelogue –Joni Mitchell

This is a remarkable album, written as a follow up to her equally brilliant “Both Sides Now” album. This also features orchestral arrangements by the great Vince Mendoza and solos by the legendary Wayne Shorter.

Otis and Marlena from Travelogue:


Bosco –Dave Storey

Dave is a seriously talented drummer/composer based in London.  I’ve had the privilege of working with him over the past few years. His recent album featuring Conor Chaplin and James Allsopp is a real testament to how long they’ve been playing together. They have their own unique sound and the compositions are incredible.

Bosco from Bosco album:

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