Jazzwise ★★★★ "... bass and drums are steamin' raw throughout... "
All About Jazz "... an impressive debut for British drummer, composer Jim Bashford's Construction …"
The Jazz Breakfast "...He still has the skills of a good rock player, but has added the “surprises” of a contemporary jazz drummer.”
Jazz magazine (Paris) "... the band navigates through a free-form open world with gutsy jazz fusion metrics ... "(highest rating)
Musiczoom (Italy) "... a dynamic and modern quartet who draws attention on their way of playing jazz that looks to the future ... "
Released on LEO Records 2017, CENTRELINE THEORY is the first recorded offering from British composer and drummer Jim Bashford and his group CONSTRUCTION. The music is based on the journey of life and work, with particular reference to Jim’s exploration of the relationship between martial arts and music, both in theory and practice. Compositional elements are woven together with the spontaneous aspect of group improvisation, to release a taut and evocative musical interplay within the ensemble.
Tim Harries - bass,
Hilmar Jensson - guitar,
Robin Fincker - tenor sax.
British Drummer and Composer Jim Bashford started playing drums at an early age and was influenced by the rock/progressive rock and jazz scene worldwide, he was mainly self taught for the first 6 years then he studied drums under the wonderful drummer and educator Steve Palmer.
After 14 years of playing as a sideman in bands covering all genres and also working in construction full time whilst studying on a popular music course, Jim then moved on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and attended the BMus (Hons.) jazz course where he continued studies under drum tutors such as the great Tony Levin, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams and Malcolm Garrett.
As a sideman, Jim has performed and/or recorded with Jean Toussaint (Hull Jazz Festival) Soweto Kinch (Juan Le Pins Festival) Rachael Cohen Quartet (Cheltenham and London Jazz Festival and recording released on Whirlwind records) WAVE Roz Harding and Mike Outram (London Jazz Festival The Vortex) Andrew Mc Cormack @ The Hive. Mike Williams, Hans Koller, Fred T Baker, Mark Hodgson, Percy Purseglove, Arnie Somogyi, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson, Martin Speake, John OGallagher, Liam Noble, Drew Gress, Dave Sinclair (Caravan) Paul Dunmall, Katie Melua to name but a few.