Whilst touring and recording extensively with the Mercury, MOBO and Jazz FM nominated Roller Trio, saxophonist James Mainwaring has been writing and rehearsing his new project Tipping Point. With an ongoing interest in collaboration, he formed this monster line-up to explore his complex, melodic and experimental compositions, unleashing it onto the UK scene with the Emerging Excellence Award and support from Jazz Services Recording. With improvised music legend Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes) and some of the UK’s most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon (double bass) and Joost Hendrickx (drums), the compositions naturally become launch pads for telepathic improvisations that move through playful melodies, reflective ambience and intense aggression.
Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project, Stoop Quintet, Tokyo Doorbells, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatners Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others. It was whilst studying at Leeds College of Music when Mainwaring, Bardon and Hendrickx met and were tutored by Bourne, a pianist whose innovative approach to improvisation and teaching proved to be a great influence on them as well as Leeds’ unique, forward-thinking scene as a whole.
Toying with language internalised from a vast range of music such as jazz, contemporary classical and north Indian classical, Tipping Point aims to evoke playfulness, mindfulness, darkness and the extremes of emotion that fester in the corners of a mind held hostage in a stagnant society, inviting the listener on a journey that confronts their inner demons.