My quartet EP/album has arrived!

First off, is it an album or is it an EP?  I don’t really know…  I think it’s probably an EP.  Either way, it’s here and it looks fit!  I owe a massive thank you to everyone who helped me with this.

I don’t know when the label bosses are wanting to officially release it but I will definitely be selling it behind their backs to anyone who wants one…

Graham South (trumpet), Ben Watte (tenor sax), Stewart Wilson (double bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

More incredible artwork from Angela Guyton; the best artist I know.  She also did the amazing cover for Skamel’s debut album.  It was beautifully recorded and mixed by Ben Cottrell, and mastered by Ben Watte.  CD replication from Disc Wizards – I used these guys for Skamel’s album last year and was very happy to use them again.  I definitely recommend them; their digipaks look great.

We’re playing at Creative Space in Manchester in a couple of weeks time so come down and pick up a copy!  Tuesday 10 December – 8.45pm @ The Slug and Lettuce, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6QZ.

Jazz On 3: Adventures In Sound

I’ve just got back from the London Jazz Festival, playing at a Jazz On 3 event which featured “short sets from established acts as well as one-off collaborations. This year’s line-up includes UK electronic improviser Leafcutter John, expect anything from samples distorted by a Wii to creaky floorboards; Dutch experimental acoustic bass guitarist Luc Ex, along with Ab Baars and Ingrid Laubrock on reeds and saxes; and the Anton Hunter Trio. A guitarist from Manchester, Anton’s spiky melodies and heavy riffs reveal his roots in experimental post-rock.”

It was a really great gig.  Loads of fantastic musicians creating loads of incredible music.  I was so chuffed to have been a part of it.

You can hear Jez Nelson presenting highlights from “Adventures In Sound” tomorrow evening (Monday 18 November) on BBC Radio 3 –

Skamel tour round-up

We had a good tour with Skamel that finished earlier this month.  We played in some new cities to some really great crowds and we also got to try out a bunch of new material which is slowly amassing for our second album which may be recorded next year!  You can hear an early recording of one of these tunes which we recorded for Chester Zoo and Act for Wildlife‘s October campaign to raise money to help Orangutans in Borneo.

The biggest news, however, is that Nick lost a chess game to Tim in four moves.  How embarrassing for him.

Thanks to these venues, their promoters and their audiences – Studio 2 in Liverpool, Zeffirellis in Ambleside, the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh, Number 39 in Darwen, Jazz at the Priestly in Bradford, Matt & Phred’s in Manchester, and Jazz at the Lescar in Sheffield.