Dave Hamblett is fast becoming one of the most talked about musicians on the UK creative music scene, combining his formidable skills as a first call drummer with his growing reputation as a composer of powerful and original contemporary improvised music. Hamblett’s performances display a deep understanding of a multitude of genres and he shows a maturity in both his drumming and composing rarely heard from a musician aged twenty-five.
Hamblett studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2010 with first class honors and a host of awards including a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. His distinctive yet adaptable playing has led him to work with many of the country’s finest musicians including Abram Wilson, Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Yuriy Galkin Nonet and Nick Smart’s Jazz Matanzas.
As a leader and composer Hamblett has been forging his voice and musical direction by performing with his own sextet The Dave Hamblett Group, his main compositional outlet. The ensemble features the leading lights of their generation – Ivo Neame, Calum Gourlay, Josh Arcoleo, Joe Wright and Alex Munk and they have been performing steadily on the London jazz scene for the past three years, developing a unique voice and a tight cohesive group sound.
Hamblett’s debut album Light At Night (Whirlwind Recordings) presents music that is powerful, joyful and direct, while also sophisticated and intricate. It weaves simple melodies over unexpected shifts through harmonies and grooves and creates vibrant landscapes for improvisations that transform as the pieces develop.