Larry Stabbins – Stonephace

Larry Stabbins is a British jazz saxophonist, flutist and composer. Larry Stabbins learned clarinet at school from the age of eight, when his musical idol was Acker Bilk. He started playing saxophone at the age of eleven. He was soon playing in local dance bands, doing his first paid gig aged twelve, and later also playing in soul bands such as Bristol group The Strange Fruits, particularly the music of Junior Walker and James Brown.

He started working with pianist Keith Tippett when he was sixteen and later contributed to various Tippett projects such as Centipede, Ark, Tapestry and the Keith Tippett Septet.

Stonephace is a new jazz combo featuring Larry Stabbins and Adrian Utley from Portishead.

“One of the true greats of British music” – Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio1

“a consummate saxophonist who has been at the cutting edge of jazz for much of his career” – Ian Carr, Rough Guide to Jazz

“One of the most innovative saxophonists in Britain” – Anthony Wood, The Wire

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