Anton Hunter Trio album OUT NOW

The Anton Hunter Trio Album is released today.

Anton Hunter (guitar), James Adolpho (double bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).  Recorded on 20th February 2013 by Anton Hunter at the Music Place, Altrincham.  Mixed by Anton Hunter and Sam Andreae, and Mastered by Anton Hunter and Ben Cottrell, March 2013.

It’s available from his shop, and you can stream it all there for free so you can try-before-you-buy.  Fantastic (as usual) art work from the very talented Angela Guyton.  If you buy the CD, the cover will have been hand printed either Angela or Anton (if you can, ask for one that Angela did…).

There’s still chance to buy them in person too, the album launch gig is at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday 1st May) and we’ll also be playing at The Oxford in London on Monday 6th.

Engine Room Favourites

Early last year, Martin Archer had the idea to form a quartet of himself on saxophones with three percussionists.  I then joined them as a fourth percussionist because, as the old saying goes, “four drummers are better than three”.  Here is an Archer’s-eye view of the recording session in June 2012 with (left to right) Walt Shaw, myself, Pete Fairclough and Steve Dinsdale.

Over the following 7 months, the group transformed into what you now hear, with the addition of the talented improvisers Mick Beck, Seth Bennett, Graham Clark, Laura Cole and Corey Mwamba.  Here is a promotional video shot at the Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, as part of a showcase for the new Jazz North scheme, the Northern LineYou can buy the album direct from Discus Records – click here.

Engine Room Favourites v2 from digitalSTAGE on Vimeo.

Recording and tour

The Pete Lyons: LX Project yesterday was a success. We’ve been rehearsing Pete’s compositions for septet and quintet for the past few months, building up towards an all day event.  It was really well attended and very well received.  Local bass legend, Rich Keates, recorded the whole thing so there will be something to hear soon.

On Friday 12th and Saturday 13th, the Dub Jazz Soundsystem were up in Barrow-in-Furness recording our first album.  We were well looked after at Sonic Zoo Industries; Rob Dunphy and Gripper Newby did a great job in getting our music down and I’m really looking forward to being able to share the results.

I was doing more recording today at the RNCM with Graham South, Ben Watte and Stewart Wilson.  Ben Cottrell recorded our 4-track EP which will hopefully be ready for the summer.  Here’s a picture…

All this whilst I’m technically on tour with the Anton Hunter Trio…  We had the first performance on Thursday 11th at Band on the Wall supporting Troyka (Chris Montague, Joshua Blackmore and Kit Downes – really great!) and are playing again on Wednesday 17th.  We’re touring his new album and will visit Sheffield, Birmingham, Newcastle, London and Manchester again.  Click here for details.