Light at Night by Dave Hamblett
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About: Light at Night
Release Date: February 25, 2013: Worldwide Physical & Digital
Light at Night is the debut album from drummer and composer Dave Hamblett. Recorded with five of his closest musical colleagues, the album boasts an enormous range of emotions, textures, and stellar performances by a group of highly creative musicians barely in their mid-twenties, and will do doubt put Hamblett strongly on the map as a new artist with a very personal and honest take on contemporary improvised music.
Dave Hamblett (age 25 at the time of release) 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 the coveted Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. His distinctive yet adaptable playing has led him to work with many of the UK’s finest musicians including Abram Wilson, Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Yuriy Galkin Nonet and Nick Smart’s Jazz Matanzas. Hamblett is also featured on the recent Ivo Neame Octet album Yatra.
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 scene for the past three years, developing a unique voice and a tight cohesive group sound.
Hamblett’s debut album Light At Night 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. Whirlwind Recordings is proud to help introduce David's original music to the world, and we invite you to enter the sound-world of one of the guiding-lights of his generation.
"A debut album of unusual maturity."
The Evening Standard
"The UK jazz scene is experiencing a purple patch, at least in terms of creativity, and the vitality of the new generation is amply proved by drummer Dave Hamblett’s debut recording."
4 Stars, The Irish Times
"Anyone wishing to explore the wealth of talent to be found among the UK jazz scene's up-and-coming musicians can cheerfully begin here. Light At Night, the debut from drummer Dave Hamblett, features six of the finest of these young players. The album is impressively consistent, with Hamblett's thoughtful compositions drawing some fine performances from the drummer and his band mates."
All About Jazz
"Dave Hamblett's writing is passionate and powerful."
BBC Radio 3
"A confident first step in what will surely become a fruitful and exciting musical journey...[Dave Hamblett] is a musician whose depth of groove and range of timbre and dynamics make his playing quickly recognizable and thrilling."
4 Stars, Music OMH
"There is a certain timeless quality about some of the writing...It’s modern without being spiky – muscular might be the description. It’s also pretty evocative – conjuring up pictures and atmospheres...A very strong debut."
The Jazz Breakfast
"Hamblett's assured drumming, Arcoleo's dark sax sound and Munk's tremulous, butterfly-wings guitar effects combine to produce some eloquent original music...The group sounds full of promise."
"The next drummer-bandleader to watch out for...On [Light at Night] there's no shortage of raw talent involved."
"Lively, imaginative and bristling with creative energy...A pleasingly varied set of punchy but carefully constructed compositions, Light at Night is a great calling card."
"Fantastic original compositions influenced by the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Brian Blade."
The Evening Standard
"Regular listening reveals hidden depths and one finds oneself increasingly drawn into Hamblett’s compositions and arrangements... let’s hope that Hamblett can keep the group together to record a follow up."
The Jazz Mann
"A fine new drummer who we’ll all be hearing much more about in the future has arrived...a highly promising debut."
"Eight serene originals by Hamblett are artfully scored for the Joe Lovano-like tenor saxes of Josh Arcoleo and Joe Wright, with discreet colorations from guitarist Alex Munk."
The Evening Standard