Blur’s Graham Coxon: ‘I’d love to make a hardcore techno free jazz album’

Guitarist reveals his jazz plans during a chat with The Vaccines' Freddie Cowan

Blur guitarist Graham Coxon has revealed that he hopes to one day record an album that features no guitar at all.

The axeman, who has just released his eighth solo album ‘A+E’, was speaking in this week’s issue of NME in an interview with The Vaccines‘ guitarist Freddie Cowan and said he quite fancies the idea of recording a “hardcore techno free jazz album”.

Asked by Cowan if he’d ever consider make an album without guitars, Coxon replied: “I’d love to, but no-one would like it. It would be a genre-less, strange beast. I’m pretty obsessed with weird organs and old free jazz. So it’d be something like hardcore techno free jazz or something.”

Coxon then revealed that he was a keen saxophone player and hoped to incorporate that into his next solo album.

He said of this: “I think that’s my next move. I love the sax, I’ve played sax all my life, but I’m not that good at it because I never stick with it long enough to get good at it. I’m in that weird world of saxophones at the moment.”

You can watch a video of Freddie Cowan and Graham Coxon interviewing each other by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

In addition to Freddie Cowan’s interview with Graham Coxon, this week’s Heroes special issue of NME sees Mystery Jets’ Blaine Harrison interview The Fall’s Mark E Smith, Felix White of The Maccabees talk to Clash legend Mick Jones, Miles Kane paired up with Paul Weller, and The Horrors’ Rhys Webb grilling the Sex Pistols’ John Lydon. To find out what happened and read the full interviews, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.