Sutures and Stitches by Ollie Howell
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1. Later On
3. Drum Intro
4. So Close, So Far
5. Angry Skies
6. Trumpet Intro
7. 19th Day
8. A World Apart
9. Bass Intro
10. For Anya
12. Sax Intro
13. Two Sides
14. Dear Old Stockholm
15. Piano Intro
16. A Hollow Victory
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About: Sutures and Stitches
Release Date: September 23, 2013: Worldwide Physical & Digital
“An unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat that I believe has what it takes to make a life out of music.”
- Quincy Jones
Sutures and Stitches is the debut solo album from the multi-award winning drummer, composer and bandleader Ollie Howell, a remarkable young man who has overcome some of life's biggest obstacles and used these events to compose a program of inspired music. Currently based in London, and already establishing a name for himself both in the UK and abroad, Ollie’s main focus as a composer and bandleader has been his own quintet, who were recently awarded the prestigious Peter Whittingham Development Award in 2012, administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund.
Howell's debut chronicles a life changing and defining period of his life that had both dramatic highs (including the befriending and mentorship of Quincy Jones and of the legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb) and also dramatic lows. In 2009, Ollie was suddenly diagnosed with a brain malformation, which resulted in a series of mandatory neurosurgeries, the latest being in April 2012. The scars from Ollie’s surgeries (and their sutures and stitches) stand as reminders, not of his pain and anguish during that time, but of his recovery and determination to heal and forge something positive from this traumatic ordeal. Along with a full recovery, one of the big positives from Ollie's life-changing experience has resulted in Sutures and Stitches. The music Ollie wrote for this album (some of which written from his hospital bed) would probably never have been born, were it not for his incredible journey throughout these past few years. Indeed, this album is much more than your typical debut, and stands as a shining testament of how passionate and inspired music can be born from the most dire of circumstances.
Recorded in London by Derek Nash and mixed and mastered by our in-house sound guru, the New York-based, 4-time Grammy nominee Tyler McDiarmid, the album boasts a pristine sound quality and a superb collection of original compositions that also take some big inspiration from the diverse sounds springing from the contemporary London and NYC jazz scenes, a strong dedication to melodic and memorable themes, driving grooves and features some of the brightest emerging stars on the UK scene. It's truly an amazing story, and we at Whirlwind Recordings are delighted to help in sharing this powerful and inspiring statement from Ollie with the world.
An Album of the Year, 2013 - MOJO Magazine
An Album of the Year, 2013 - Jazz Views
"Mentored and endorsed by Quincy Jones and Kind of Blue sticksman Jimmy Cobb, the London-based drummer/composer Ollie Howell makes his debut with this quintet recording of emotional range and musical maturity. Featuring punctilious percussion and warm, open compositions that never strain to impress, the music has a delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty."
4 Stars, MOJO Magazine
"It's a fine debut. Clever postbop compositions twisting with sharp improv, and interspersed with brief single-instrument interludes."
"Ollie is just 24 and plays with an intrepid self belief that belies his youth. One to watch."
"An impressive debut recording."
The Financial Times
“The album boasts an impeccable sound quality and a fine selection of outstanding compositions with the various modern inspirations from the London & New York jazz scenes. A true devotion to melodic themes that remain in the memory also with rousing grooves and virtuosic solos played by some of the emerging stars of the British jazz scene.”
“Howell has had an eventful life with dizzying heights and dramatic lows which in itself is reflected in the eclectic music presented on the album Sutures & Stitches.”
Die Redaktion (DE)
“Howell himself sometimes plays with the approach and polyrhythms inspired by Elvin Jones, and can act with both vigor or restraint.”
Musik an Sich
“An excellent drummer.”
Rhein Main Magazine
“The energy of the young musicians is impressive… many inspirational moments.”
Sound and Image
"Classy music and virtuoso musicians stretching."
4 Stars, The York Press
"This is an extraordinarily accomplished debut album from a young British drummer and composer, and his band of fellow youthful high achievers."
The Jazz Breakfast
"A truly remarkable record, not only for the quality of the music but also due to the circumstances that inspired its creation. An incredibly mature début."
4 1/2 Stars, The Jazz Mann
"What we have is a stunning, contemporary hard bop set recalling the vigor and drive of one of Art Blakey’s later bands melded with the more introspective probing of Miles Davis’s last acoustic quintet in its `time no changes` phase. The music is characterised by a commitment tomelodic inventiveness and rhythmic vivacity that is both satisfyingly exploratory and ear pleasingly accessible."
"The restless, funk-bop collective improv sound points to the early Dave Holland group and the New York scene's more intricate experiments with rhythm and meter."
"An absolute gem of an album."
Bebop Spoken Here
"The result is indeed impressive, and it's clear why Howell's playing has been praised by such luminaries as Quincy Jones and Jimmy Cobb."
"A remarkable and highly promising first album."
"Ollie Howell composed this bright-eyed set of contemporary jazz originals while undergoing and recuperating from a sequence of neurosurgical procedures – hence the album title Sutures and Stitches. The UK drummer/composer’s main inspiration, though, was the bustle and complexity of metropolitan life, which he adroitly captures with catchy melodies, the rattle and clack of a contemporary rhythm section and sturdy structures to blow on. Lean and lively sax and trumpet solo with purpose and new face Matt Robinson supports sensitively on piano."
The Financial Times