Preston – Glasgow – Lowe to release eponymous debut album on 29th April 2016


British trio Preston – Glasgow – Lowe release their eponymous debut album with an energetic and technically thrilling record of original material. Writing and performing together since 2012, London-based David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (six-string electric bass) and Laurie Lowe (drums) have steadily honed their own particular style of complex riffs and thunderous rhythms complete with subtle, low-level electronics and overdubs. The project’s creative and developmental processes open up a panoply of textures and colors – from open, contemplative oases to heavyweight, blistering maelstrom – yet it all emanates from this close collaboration of just three musically-incisive minds.

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe’s carefully constructed sequences invite their own compositional extensions and improvisations to seamlessly flow in and out of the framework, searching for the undiscovered, as intimated by David Preston: “For me, the trio format is one of the most interesting, with its opportunities and challenges to either create or fill space; so it’s always exciting to get together with like-minded musicians, in that context, to spend time analyzing what you want to explore, and what maybe you haven’t yet heard, so you can then answer that question as thoroughly and as honestly as you can.”

The sheer, virtuosic rapidity of the playing found within these 65 minutes is striking – from the tumultuous, firecracker synchronicity of ‘C:\>PU’ and ‘Colour Possesses’ to the melodic guitar breadth and animated bass grooving of ‘Everything in Everything’, and the breathless six-string bass velocity of ‘Elephant and Castle’ to Laurie Lowe’s viscerally penetrating drum eruption at the centre of three-part ‘Within You’. Presenting a cool, synthy spatiality, ‘Song to the Citadel’ prompts exquisite fretboard roaming and pitch-bending from both Preston and Glasgow; while the intensifying, rock-infused urgency of ‘The Priory’ – written in part as a through-composed drum solo – features Lowe’s relentless yet nuanced drumming.

In a fertile environment which melds the ethos of jazz-rock fusion with enthusiastic invention, this is a trio whose combined experience and prowess is distilled into an intuitive and invigorating program, fine-tuned from their live sessions. As Kevin Glasgow sums up: “We’ve been shaping this music together for some time, and have received some great reactions at gigs; it’s a concept that comes from within us, so we can’t wait to share it more widely through this album release.”

Preston – Glasgow – Lowe will be touring the UK starting in April in support of the launch of the album. For full details including how to book tickets, go: here


March 29 – The Vortex, London

April 13 – Dempseys, Cardiff

April 14 – Bonington Theatre, Nottingham

April 15 – The Fusebox, Leeds

April 16 – The Verdict, Brighton

April 17 – Southampton Modern Jazz

April 20 – The Lescar, Sheffield

April 21 – The Future Inn, Bristol

April 22 – Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge

April 24 – The Alex, Felixstowe

April 26 – The Phoenix, York

April 28 – The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh

April 29 – Café Lento, Leeds

April 30 – Jazz Co-op, Newcastle


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Release day for Matt Ridley and Mettã ft John Turville, Jason Yarde and George Hart + All About Jazz ★★★★ review

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“Contemporary lyricism with an infectious percussive undercurrent from the eloquent bassist.” Jazzwise Magazine

“A very good album by an excellent quartet.” ★★★★ All About Jazz



As a leader, British double bassist and composer Matt Ridley is a specifically investigative musician whose artistry is derived from a desire to create a strong, meaningful and structural purpose out of each initial glint of inspiration.

Following up his debut release on Whirlwind (Thymos, 2013), his new album Mettã – a title and concept referencing themes of benevolence and goodwill – finds him progressing his shared creativity again with his quartet of pianist John Turville, drummer George Hart, and soprano saxophonist Jason Yarde, who appears here in a fuller, more centrally melodic role.

The seven extended originals of Mettā arise from an almost strategic, compositional plan which inspires engaging extemporisation from all players. Removed from any notion of a conventional head/solo approach, Ridley’s musical landscape is one of focused rhythmic, chordal and improvisational invention which can both challenge and delight – as in storytelling opener ‘Music To Drive Home To’, whose steady, end-of-day journeying, led by Jason Yarde’s colorful soprano dialogue and John Turville’s spangled ostinati, is punctuated by unpredictable pauses and meanderings.

That spirit is key to the magnetism of this album’s performances, its title track mysteriously building Ridley’s desired sense of amity through the elevated, free expression of his lucid bass soloing, George Hart’s fiery drum and cymbal elaborations, and the soulful cries of Yarde. ‘Lachrymose’, too, overflows with sensitive expression, Turville’s crystalline piano brightly tempering Yarde’s mournful theme; and ‘Strange Meeting’s’ romanticism coruscates unexpectedly to crisp, percussive slivers and bewitching soprano imaginings.

A contrasting tour de force is the snappy, chaotic vigor of ‘Mental Cases’, as the quartet relentlessly pushes the commotion with quick-fire syncopation, pulsating bass momentum, modal pyrotechnics and piano pandemonium. Perpetuating Ridley’s aspirations for engaging music-making, ‘The Labyrinth’ becalms a similar state of panicky disorientation with elegant-yet-animated combined arco bass and soprano phrases which teasingly and eventually prompt an infectiously wide swing; and to close, classically-inflected ‘Ebb and Flow’ glints, jewel-like, summing-up this band’s impressive diversity and ebullience.

Matt Ridley describes his quartet’s offering as “considered, composed/improvised music which might transport and entertain both listeners and players, creating and involving all in an awareness of the present – that’s something I feel strongly about.” The immersive experience of these fifty-or-so minutes suggests that intention is excitingly on-track.


Matt will be touring with his quartet this spring in support of the launch of Mettã.

For more details including how to buy tickets, click: here

18/03/16 – Wiltshire Music Centre

08/04/16 – Fleece Jazz

14/04/16 – The Hidden Rooms, Cambridge

15/04/16 – The Red Lion, Birmingham

17/04/16 – The Hen & Chicken, Bristol

18/04/16 – Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

04/05/16 – Jazzland, Swansea


‘Ebb and Flow’ from Mettã

Ahead of official release tomorrow, Matt Ridley talks to Jazzwise and Jazz FM about ‘Mettã’

Officially released tomorrow, Matt Ridley’s Mettã is already creating much interest and has a full feature in this months issue of Jazzwise Magazine. (click image to read)

Matt also talked to Chris Philips of Jazz FM  for his Saturday evening show ‘The Blueprint’ click the link to (listen again)


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Partikel starts ‘String Theory’ UK tour next week and announces first date of Euro tour.

String Theory is the third release from London-based Partikel (Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert and Eric Ford).

As well as a nineteen date tour starting next week and taking in venues in England, Wales and Scotland, Partikel are working on a tour in Europe later this year and the first confirmed date is at Berlin’s famous B flat Jazz Club on 2nd December.

Check back here regularly for updated tour details including how to book, click: here



“Playful, diverse tempos and rhythms with delightful, elegant touches of chamber music.”
Jazz Thing (website)

Patrick Cornelius celebrates launch of ‘While We’re Still Young’ in NYC on 25 Feb.
Patrick Cornelius celebrates the official New York CD Release for While We’re Still Young with a special concert on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

While We’re Still Young is the sixth and latest album by this critically acclaimed, award-winning saxophonist and composer  ​and ​brings together seven of the most accomplished young artists in contemporary jazz on a suite of new original music inspired by the universally-treasured poetry of English literary icon A. A. Milne.

While We’re Still Young was made possible thanks to Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation.

The line-up for this very special event features a dizzying array of incredible talent:

Patrick Cornelius: Alto Saxophone, compositions
Matthew Jodrell: Trumpet
John Ellis: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Nick Vayenas: Trombone
Alex Wintz: Guitar
Fabian Almazan: Piano
Peter Slavov: Bass
Clarence Penn: Drums

Rave reviews are rolling in for While We’re Still Young and here are the highlights so far:

“This work shouldn’t just be labelled “chamber jazz” since it’s very much more than that. Like its elegant cover, it’s actually a work of art.”
★★★★ All About Jazz (full review)

“Eight brilliant musicians… A cheerful celebration of life and youth with finely crafted arrangements leaving beautiful spaces for the soloists.”
Culture Jazz (FR) (full review)

“Accessible yet intricate themes, lyrically flowing music, great solos and gorgeous ensemble playing, this is an album you will want to play again and again! Highly recommended.”
Fatea Magazine (full review)

“Full of richly orchestrated music with elements of Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Bach and Debussy.”
Long Play Newsletter (full review)

“The way this octet shapes the solos as mere extensions of dynamic group play, of something very organic grown from the soil of ensemble communication, is arguably the album’s winning quality.”
Bird Is The Worm (full review)

“This is a superb album. The writing is brilliant.”
Bebop Spoken Here (full review)


Listen to the full length version of ‘Sand Between The Toes’from the album:


Brand new promo video for Zhenya Strigalev’s ‘Never Group’ ft: Tim Lefebvre and Eric Harland. Album release date April 1 2016.

Russian-born, London-based alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev follows up his 2015 Whirlwind sextet release Robin Goodie with his new trio project Never Group. Recorded over two days in Berlin with the rhythm section of electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Eric Harland – as well as welcoming guests such as keyboardist John Escreet, double bassist Matt Penman and trumpeter Alex Bonney – Strigalev’s desire with this different focus is to fashion the unexpected and the fleeting (alluded to in the project name) both from his own original compositions and the contributions of respected Austrian electronics composer/musician Bruno Liberda (who also appears on this recording).

Building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, Never Group is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality. As Zhenya confirms: “No other rhythm section sounds like Eric and Tim; I like their chemistry together – and I wanted to collaborate with them to record a chordless trio album which gave me more freedom, so I could further expand my musical language.” In an hour-plus abundance of 20 tracks, Strigalev and colleagues elicit bristling spontaneity, from the rasping percussiveness of ‘Bio Active’ to ‘Strange Party‘s’ grungy swagger; from the echoic, electronically-manipulated mystery of Liberda’s ‘Bassgeigengeister’ and ‘Heimwehharfe’ to the raw, boppy mischievousness of ‘Some Thomas’ and playful, grooving ‘Snail’.

The trio’s studio jam sessions covered some four hours, so this album’s choice performances – punctuated throughout by succinct, exploratory codas mostly characterised by Harland’s precision drumming – offer a glimpse into the leader’s impulsive creativity and this close-knit trio partnership’s unfettered realization of his imaginings. Strigalev enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered, and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolded from these sessions: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself; I don’t want to record something which sounds exactly like this or like that, because that’s not interesting enough to me. Sometimes I can simply feel a tempo, a mood or an atmosphere, and I know this trio will provide the opportunity to develop that.”


TOUR DATES (details)


Zhenya Strigalev with Federico Dannemann, Linley Marthe and Eric Harland

28th March 2016 – Porgy & Bess Jazz & Music Club, Vienna

29th March 2016 – Jimmy Glass, Valencia

30th March 2016 – Cascadas, Hamburg

31st March 2016 – Zig Zag Jazz Club, Berlin

1st April 2014 – Paradox, Tilburg, NL

3rd April 2016 – Ronnie Scotts, London


Here’s ‘Bio Active’ from Never Group


Official promo video released for Jeff Williams – Outlier (out 11 March) ft: Kit Downes, Josh Arcoleo, Phil Robson and Sam Lasserson.

Across a career spanning four decades, it would seem easiest to consider the musicians with whom Jeff Williams hasn’t worked. A respected stalwart of the international jazz circuit, the American drummer has notably rubbed shoulders with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie and Joe Lovano.

Williams has graced innumerable New York and London stages over the years, making frequent Atlantic crossings between the two cities. In his latest solo project, the accomplished band leader and composer collaborates with both seasoned and up-and-coming colleagues from the UK: Josh Arcoleo (tenor saxophone), Phil Robson (guitar), Kit Downes (keys) and Sam Lasserson (basses). This engaging album of originals prompts a dynamic quintet response to a variety of energized compositions.

His third album for Whirlwind (following 2011’s Another Time and 2013’s The Listener), Williams’ Outlier combines previously unrecorded works from the ‘70s and ‘80s – such as the driving, fusion-laced ‘Dream Visitor’ and Brazilian-hued ‘Hermeto’ (after Hermeto Pascoal) – with more recent, equally assertive compositions. As an experienced leader at the kit with an instinctive, deeply-imbued jazz sensibility, Williams coaxes intelligent, colorful interplay from his colleagues. As Jeff confirms: “It always astonishes me what these guys – leaders in their own right – bring to the music that I write. They find things I didn’t even know existed.”

The scope of this imaginative working band ranges from the smouldering, Joe Henderson-influenced oscillations of the title track ‘Outlier’ to the relentless ‘Oddity,’ which swings with unbridled vitality. The straight forward beauty of ‘New and Old’ recalls poignant memories with tender detail. Also a pianist, adding Rhodes to this album, Williams describes ‘Meeting a Stranger’ as “one of those rare tunes that came out whole”. Possessing a wide brashness, ‘The Interloper’ exudes a joyful, Monkish abandon.

Like all masters of a genre, Jeff Williams has profoundly internalized the traditions of jazz without being tyrannized by its conventions. Combining his influences and broad experience to form his own unique voice, he refuses to constrain himself to a single stylistic approach. Most vitally, he wants his audience to respond to his music emotionally: “It’s my continued vision – my aim to offer something that’s universal but also personal, and which might transport the listener into a realm that’s pleasurable and thought-provoking. It’s important to me that, within the construction of the music, there’s a feeling and a warmth to be discovered.”

An adventure in Anglo-American jazz partnership, Outlier brings out the best in stellar players from both sides of the pond.



For more details go: here







Here’s the title track from Outlier

Matthew Stevens brings ‘Woodwork’ to Europe next month.

12671637_576857292464099_1228226322790804537_oNext month New York based guitarist Matthew Stevens will embark on a series of European dates to present his debut album as leader, Woodwork.

For more details on tour dates and how to get tickets click: here

Heralded as one of the most promising young artists in contemporary jazz music through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Walter Smith III, and Harvey Mason, the album showcases Stevens’ diverse influences, his warm, robust sound, and his fluid, emotive playing at the helm of a stellar quintet which features multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro.


Here’s Matthew in a live recording in Toronto performing ‘Processional’


Partikel starts UK wide tour next month. Dates include appearances at Ronnie Scotts and Love Supreme plus live video from EFG London Jazz Festival.

​Partikel ((Duncan Eagles, Max Luthert and Eric Ford) will embark on another extensive tour of the UK next month. Two particular highlights will be 7th April which will see the full String Theory line-up at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club as part of a special ‘Brit-Jazz’ triple bill and an appearance at Love Supreme Jazz Festival in July.

For details of all tour dates including how to book, click: here

This video (left) shows Partikel performing ‘Shimmer’ from String Theory live at The London EFG Jazz Festival.


Here’s a nice review for String Theory that we received recently:

“Consistently proves colourful and entertaining… there is some high quality music making to be heard in this beautifully recorded album.”
Music Web (full review)

Sam Crockatt: Mells Bells on The Telegraph’s best jazz albums list and receives ★​★​★​★ from The Jazz Mann, airplay from Jamie Cullum and Jazz FM + more reviews from London Jazz and The Jazz Breakfast.

British tenorist Sam Crockatt brings the energy and immediacy of his quartet to Whirlwind on Mells Bells,​ an album of peppy live-feel studio performances which illuminate and elaborate on the leader’s eight original compositions. Crockatt (a member of London-based Loop Collective) collaborates with many of today’s increasingly successful contemporary jazz and improvisational artists, particularly revelling in the focus of this empathetic working quartet with colleagues Kit Downes (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass) and James Maddren (drums).


Mells Bells
is already earning high critical acclaim. Broadcaster Jamie Cullum played track ‘The Masterplan’ on his BBC Radio 2 show last week and Sam was interviewed for Jazz FM’s ‘The Blueprint’ (listen again here).

Here are a selection of highlights from the first round of reviews received so far:

“Among the many fine recordings coming out of the younger British scene, this feels like one of the most mature yet.”
The Jazz Breakfast (full review)

​”​Another strong showing from Sam Crockatt. The sophistication of the writing is complemented by the spontaneity and joyousness of the performances​.”
★​★​★​★​​ The Jazz Mann (full review)

​”​The whole set is bubbling with energy and momentum​… It has the immediacy and vibrancy of a live performance and Sam Crockatt’s eight originals are a great vehicle for their melodic fluency and invention.​”
London Jazz (full review)

“The immediacy and energy of a live performance captured in the superior sonic surroundings of a studio… an album that deserves wide acclaim.”
The Jazz Breakfast (full review)

“A mellow and enticing affair… Crockatt’s reputation continues to grow.”
The Daily Telegraph (full review)

“(Mells Bells) runs the gamut of contemporary styles, boldly and imaginatively executed.”
Jazz Views (full review)

“Tenor player Sam Crockatt has produced a lively album here which is both contemporary and appreciative of past masters.”
Northern Echo


Listen to the full length version of  ‘Canon’ from Mells Bells.