This Sunday sees the last ever Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge performance, and it’s Corey Mwamba and his trio “Yana”.
Splinter has seen some great musicians over the years, but it is time to call it a day. Very poor support from both the public and local musicians, and with the attendances some weeks matching only the number of band members on stage, has resulted in the decision to close. As they say, use it or lose it.
I’m sure that the final gig will be a fantastic evening of jazz and improvisation of the highest quality from some of the best musicians in the UK.
Thanks to the “regulars” who have supported Splinter over the years, without you, Splinter could not have existed at all.
Corey Mwamba, Dave Kane and Johnny Hunter improvise collectively to create an open, living music.
“Yana” got together in Stratford-upon-Avon on a dark and stormy night in November 2008, and from there have undertaken a Jazz Services national tour; performed at Manchester Jazz Festival; and supported jazz saxophone legend David Murray.
The music is a free-wheeling, spontaneous mixture of styles. This trio has developed a process entirely focussed on creating highly expressive live music that’s full of grooves and sounds composed, but is not; and playing compositions that don’t sound composed at all, but are.
How it all works is not always clear; but the process is always fascinating to hear, and the results can be truly moving.
Their newest studio recording is called don’t overthink it, which has garnered favourable attention in Jazzwise (4 ****), on All About Jazz and in a critics’ chart on The Wire’s website.
Dave Kane plays bass. He’s released a critically-acclaimed album called Eye of the Duck on the Edition Records label; plays with pianist Matthew Bourne and Stephen Davis and has a fantastic duo with the trumpeter Alex Bonney which performed with Ken Vandermark in 2008. Dave is also founder of a creative musicians’ collective in Leeds called LIMA. There’s more info on Dave’s web-site.
Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer who comes from a background of both the Avant-Garde and the more mainstream Jazz. He has performed or recorded with such esteemed musicians as Benn Clatworthy, Mick Beck, Nat Birchall, Jamil Sheriff, Jamie Taylor, Pete Fairclough, Walt Shaw, Corey Mwamba, Steve Beresford, Graham Clark, Adam Fairhall and Steve Berry to name a few. He is also heavily involved in the Reggae and Dub scene.
Corey Mwamba plays the vibraphone. As well as having made four electro-acoustic albums, Corey is on two albums made by Quantic, two by Nat Birchall, one by Arun Ghosh and one by Ty. He’s worked with lots of people including Mat Maneri and Lucian Ban, The Heliocentrics, Orphy Robinson, Robert Mitchell, Andy Hamilton, Scanner and Tony Kofi.
(credit for the above pic & info to Seven Jazz, Leeds)
Bradley Johnston on guitar, Peter Gilligan on piano, Paul Grainger on Bass and Tim Johnston on Drums.
Here is an earlier review from Bebop Spoken Here of a recent gig at the Jazz Cafe in Newcastle.
You can find full details HERE or by clicking on the pic above.
Next week (Sunday 26th) at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge – COREY MWAMBA – full details to follow.