Matt Anderson – Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Alberto Palau Garcera – Piano
Will Harris – Double-Bass
Jay Davis – Drums
“The writing on Rambling is outstanding: varied and imaginative… There’s a beautiful warmth to Anderson’s sound that suffuses the whole album.” Thomas Rees, Jazzwise
“memorable melodies, adeptly interwoven influences… unhurriedly stylish… (Anderson) can deliver an ear-catching tenor sax flourish, but knows the value of understatement and uses it well. This is solidly-crafted small group jazz that knows its history, but wears its learning lightly.” Jon Turney, London Jazz News
See ‘The Town and the City’ and ‘Rambling’ on Bandcamp
London-based saxophonist and Dankworth Prize-winning composer Matt Anderson presents his new quartet album, The Town and the City. This follows their critically-acclaimed 2018 release ‘Rambling,’ which won praise from the likes of Jazzwise, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM for its “outstanding,” melodic writing and “uniformly excellent playing”, all fronted by Anderson’s warm tenor sound. Rooted in inspiration from the jazz tradition from Sonny Rollins to Wayne Shorter and beyond, the new album also explores edgy, urban grooves with influences from various music traditions from around the world, as heard in the melting pot of modern-day London.
Born in the North Yorkshire Moors, the son of a music teacher, and based in Leeds for a time, Matt moved to London in 2015 to study at the Royal Academy of Music where he now coaches Junior Jazz ensembles. Becoming part of the fertile jazz scene in the capital, he has since performed with artists/bands such as the Gareth Lockrane and Calum Gourlay big bands, Jamie Doe, Hannes Riepler and Ivo Neame. In Leeds, he worked with many of the city’s top musicians/composers including Jamie Taylor, Jamil Sheriff, James Hamilton and Jiannis Pavlidis (in collaboration with Greg Hutchinson), and he has also toured in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
Alberto Palau is an immensely talented pianist from Valencia, Spain. Now based in London, his experiences living in Boston and New York and working with artists such as Perico Sambeat, Sam Yahel and Charles McPherson make him much in-demand from leading British musicians. Jay Davis is one of the busiest drummers on the London scene, featuring for example in the Alex Hitchcock Quintet, Big Bad Wolf and his own group BadTrad. Will Harris’ remarkable bass playing has put him in high demand in the South-West where he has been based for many years, and after spending time in London he has become an increasingly popular choice of bassist in the capital as well.
Working together frequently over the past seven years, the band have developed a deep connection, touring extensively in the U.K. as well as appearing at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam; Jamboree, Barcelona and Jimmy Glass, Valencia.