Wild Flower Sextet: Celebrating Wayne Shorter

Wild Flower Sextet

Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone
Laura Jurd – Trumpet
Alex Munk – Electric Guitar
Jamil Sheriff – Piano
Sam Gardner – Drums
Sam Vicary – Double-Bass

Wild Flower Sextet is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band recorded their debut album in 2014 with support from the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme, and in February 2015 they will undertake a 13-date U.K. tour to promote the release of this album on the Jellymould Jazz label.

Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, also receiving the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. He has since studied with Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann, and was awarded ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2010. The Matt Anderson Quartet toured nationally in 2012, with JazzUK commenting: “melodic standards and original tunes… impressive throughout,” and he has gone on to work with many of his former tutors, currently appearing in bands led by Jiannis Pavlidis, Jamil Sheriff and Jamie Taylor as well as featuring on Taylor’s latest CD ‘Introducing Outside Line’.

The sextet draws on an all-star line-up of UK jazz musicians. Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene with the Laura Jurd Quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and the Chaos Orchestra, and also as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and Blue-Eyed Hawk. Guitarist Alex Munk is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working with a number of distinguished UK musicians/groups including Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Ivo Neame and Trish Clowes. Pianist Jamil Sheriff is Pathway Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band. Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, from appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski to performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.

Needing no introduction, Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.

Wild Flower Sextet – J.G. (Matt Anderson) – July 2012 video-shoot at Leeds College of Music

Wild Flower Sextet – Masqualero (Wayne Shorter) – July 2012 video-shoot at Leeds College of Music

Wild Flower Sextet – Blues for Wayne (Matt Anderson) – July 2012 video-shoot at Leeds College of Music

Wild Flower Sextet – Fall (Wayne Shorter) – July 2012 recording at Leeds College of Music

 

Higher-quality audio versions of the video tracks available on soundcloud here.

Quotes

“Anderson adds another fine solo—crisp intonation and an economy of style leave space to savour each note.”
Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz (review of Jamie Taylor’s Outside Line CD)

“The Lit and Phil’s jazz patrons were fully immersed in the performance and once more the sustained applause said it all. An excellent gig from a top class band.”
Russell, bebopspokenhere blog (review of the Wild Flower Sextet at Jazz North East)

“This gig was a sell-out, and we were treated to a truly excellent performance by Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Sextet, playing music of Wayne Shorter and some of Matt’s own compositions.  The line-up… delighted and entertained us, and time only allowed us one encore though we would have loved more. A performance full of quality and promise for the future.”
Jean Watson, Seven Jazz Leeds

“Brother, you sound f****** great – great sound, great time. Thanks for sharing with me.”
Gilad Atzmon

“Matt generates a tremendous amount of rhythmic and harmonic interest… There’s tremendous subtlety in his playing but he also knows how to swing and communicate something very directly to the audience.”
Jamie Taylor

“a good set with Anderson blowing some nice tenor and impressing with his compositions”
“melodic standards and original tunes… impressive throughout”
Jazz UK