Monday, January 05, 2009

Profile: Courtney Pine

Courtney Pine, who has been appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours, has been at the forefront of Britain's jazz scene for the past 20 years.
Best known as a saxophonist, he is in fact a multi-instrumentalist adept at the flute, bass clarinet and keyboards.

His debut album, 1987's Journey To The Urge Within, was the first serious jazz record to make the top 40, and spearheaded a jazz revival in the UK.
Key to his success is a willingness to stretch the boundaries of his genre.
Pine has, sometimes controversially, combined traditional acoustic jazz with reggae, soul, drum 'n' bass and afro-beat.


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