This week Monday and Tuesday I’ve been busy recording with Alex Groves’ nonet. This is part of his major project for his final year at the Birmingham Conservatoire. The repertoire is entirely original, and in my opinion very classically inspired, and sounds very ECM at times. The melodies are soft, and the harmony often rich. Underlying rhythmic features are often complex but subtle, and the music often ends leaving a calming feeling. Featuring in the band are Alex Groves: Guitar, Andrew Woodhead: Piano, Ric Yarborough: Drums, Me: Trumpet and Flugelhorn, Tom Baxter: Trombone, Alicia Gardener-Trejo: Tenor Saxophone and Flute, Elliot Drew: Alto Saxophone and Flute, Chris Young: Alto Saxophone and James Banner: Bass.