Friends of Efpi will already know about drummer Johnny Hunter. He features in his brother Anton’s trio, as well as having performed at our Freedom Principle nights with several different groups over the years. In 2012, he brought together this quartet to further explore his experiments with the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument. Johnny’s compositions for the group draw on his long-standing interest in the piano-less groups of Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson, through to the more recent ensembles of Dave Douglas, John Zorn and Jim Black – also a massive influence on Johnny’s drumming. The quartet have quickly established themselves as a live draw across the North of England, regularly appearing at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester in particular, with this constant schedule of live gigs culminating in the summer of 2013 with the recording of the group’s debut EP Appropriations, which we are proud to announce will be released on Efpi Records on 16th December 2013.
The members of the quartet were hand picked by Johnny for their individual musical voices, which he ingeniously combines to create an intensely tight group dynamic without ever compromising the freedom of each voice. As Johnny explains: “Graham approaches the group more like Ornette Coleman or Don Cherry might whereas Ben is a lot more melodic, although they often switch roles. Stewart’s playing has such drive and in my opinion is a large part of the group’s energy.” All four of the quartet are highly active in the thriving Manchester jazz scene, with Graham and Ben key members of Efpi stablemates Beats & Pieces Big Band, and Johnny and Stewart key fixtures of a number of bands – Johnny in particular regularly performing in Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield with bands such as Blind Monk Trio, Marley Chingus, Engine Room Favourites or his own reggae/ska band Skamel.
Have a listen to the EP and pre-order here, or come along to the launch gig this Tuesday, 10th December at the Creative Space Jazz Club in Manchester to pick up a copy in a person.
Graham South (trumpet), Ben Watte (tenor saxophone), Stewart Wilson (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums)
Posted: December 9th, 2013 | Author: Anton | Filed under: Johnny Hunter Quartet, Releases | Tags: appropriations, ben watte, graham south, johnny hunter, johnny hunter quartet, stewart wilson | No Comments »
Tuesday 10th December @ The Slug and Lettuce, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6QZ
Sunday 23rd February @ Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap, 39 Bridge Street, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 2AA
Tuesday 25th February @ ParrJazz, Studio 2, 33-45 Parr Street, Liverpool, L1 4JN
Wednesday 26th February @ Lescar, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZF
Sunday 2nd March @ Splinter at The Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ
Here is the stunning new video from Silence Blossoms. Created by the ever-wonderful Angela Guyton and shot on location at the group’s recording sessions last year in deepest Derbyshire.
Lady White from Silence Blossoms on Vimeo.
The single (Lady White/Invisible Mender) is officially out on Monday, but you can enjoy it here now, or catch them on tour this week and next in the UK and Sweden.
October 4th – Fusebox, Leeds (with Chris Sharkey)
October 5th – St Margarets Church, Manchester (hosted by David Birchall)
October 6th – The Music Exchange, Nottingham (noon)
October 6th – One Note Sunday, Derby (afternoon) (hosted by Corey Mwamba)
October 7th – Boat-ting, London (improv set without Gus)
October 10th – Fylkingen, Stockholm (with Lisa Ullén)
October 15th – Jazz i Stan, Stockholm Jazz Festival
Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Author: Anton | Filed under: Silence Blossoms | No Comments »
The first of our Freedom Principle gigs in our Autumn 2013 season sees 20+ of Manchester and Leeds' finest musicians meeting in two large ensembles for a night of jazz, noise and improvisation craziness! Two groups led by Efpi's own Anton Hunter and Sam Andreae will face each other in a battle of epic proportions – in more ways than one… Join us at KroBar on Oxford Road (opposite Manchester University Students' Union) on Sunday 15th September, anything could happen!
KroBar, 325 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG www.kro.co.uk
Sunday 15th September
7:00pm doors, music 7:30pm
Posted: September 4th, 2013 | Author: Ben | Filed under: Freedom Principle | Tags: anton hunter, freedom principle, sam andreae | Comments Off
Following on from a triumphant live debut at the Manchester Jazz Festival this weekend, Efpi Records are delighted to present Entanglement, the debut release from trumpeter Nick Walters' Paradox Ensemble. Take a listen below then head on over to the Efpi shop to download or grab a limited edition CD copy – based on how they were flying off the shelves at mjf following their gig they won't last long…
If you still need convincing, here's just a selection of the response to the Paradox gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival last Saturday with some photos by Peter Fay:
'Big dense lush harmonies mashed together with disjoint grooves and lots of intertwining lines… Swing became groove became swing groove, all amounting to a joyful noise' Adrian Stevenson, The Ring Modulator
'an impressive and exciting set with all the energy of [labelmates] Beats and Pieces plus some interesting use of electronics' Tony Dudley-Evans writing at the Jazz Breakfast
Posted: August 5th, 2013 | Author: Ben | Filed under: Paradox Ensemble, Releases | Tags: entanglement, nick walters, paradox ensemble | Comments Off
We are very pleased to be able to announce that on Monday 5th August, we will have a brand new addition to the Efpi family in the form of the Paradox Ensemble, a nonet led by trumpeter Nick Walters. You may well have already heard his dulcet tones that gracing the likes of 'three' and 'yafw' by the Beats & Pieces Big Band, and he can be seen taking over the festival circuit with the Riot Jazz Brass Band, who so far this summer have been at Glastonbury, WOMAD and Soundwave in Croatia to name but a few. If you're really clued up, you might have noticed his electronic-trickery skills being put to good use remixing bands like Skamel, Caulbearers, or indeed this Beats & Pieces track.
So, as busy as Nick is it may be surprising to learn this is his first outing as an out-and-out leader. But we're pleased to report it's more than worth the wait…
Bringing together many strands of his musical experience, Nick has taken inspiration from jazz composers such as Gil Evans, electronic artists such as Aphex Twin, and from artists who blur the lines between the two, such as Jaga Jazzist and Tortoise. The result is an enthralling blend of sounds, both acoustic and electric that manages to be complex and interesting whilst not letting go of it's danceability. Or, as Manchester Jazz Festival put it ahead of the group's live debut, “a coherent synthesis of electronics, live effects and samples but retaining an earthy groove.”
You can catch that debut gig this weekend, Saturday 3rd August at the Manchester Jazz Festival in the Festival Teepee at 5pm. We'd strongly recommend getting there early as the gigs have been selling out, or even better, buy an advance ticket for the whole afternoon! Either ways, all the information you need is right here.
Check back on Monday to buy the EP (or turn up to the gig of course!), but in the meantime, enjoy this track taken from our latest Efpi sampler.
Paradox Ensemble – Entanglement
Nick Walters – trumpet & electronics
Tom Harrison – alto sax
Ed Cawthorne – tenor sax, bass clarinet, vibraphone
Tim Cox – trombone
Ben Kelly – sousaphone
Aidan Shepherd – accordion
Rebecca Nash – piano, keyboards
Paul Michael – bass
Yussef Dayes – drums
Posted: August 1st, 2013 | Author: Anton | Filed under: Paradox Ensemble | Tags: entanglement, manchester jazz festival, nick walters, paradox ensemble | Comments Off
Here at Efpi towers we're always really excited around this time of year, not because of the weather (normally there's not much to get excited about in a Manchester summer) but because of the week and a half of awesomeness that is the Manchester Jazz Festival – that starts TODAY! This year we're particularly pleased to be presenting a series of 3 early evening gigs at the RNCM, details below… And of course there's lots of other amazing things going on that we wanted to flag up.
And what better way to flag up things like these than in a brand new Efpi podcast? Apologies for the hiatus in our 'monthly' series but we're back and we're back with a 'semi-coherent package'… Team Efpi (Sam Andreae, Anton Hunter and your host Ben Cottrell) discuss the festival, with particular focus on the 3 Efpi gigs and other gigs from Efpi artists, featuring music from the Anton Hunter Trio, an exclusive track from the upcoming Trio Riot album, and music taken from releases by brand new Efpi artists Paradox Ensemble (led by Beats & Pieces trumpeter Nick Walters) and the Johnny Hunter Quartet.
The festival starts TONIGHT – make sure you give the podcast a listen in advance so you don't miss a beat, and we'll see you in the bar…
Efpi @ mjf
MONDAY 29th JULY – Efpi Extravaganza!
Anton Hunter Trio + Johnny Hunter Quartet + Roadrunner Honey
Maximising on the personnel overlap in the bands, this session showcases three of Efpi’s flagship ensembles – irreverently mixing tunes and free jazz, culminating in a hell-for-leather workout from all players.
WEDNESDAY 31st JULY – Trio Riot
Fuelled by the energy of the ’70s/’80s British punk scene, their approach to sound is inspired by Ornette Coleman and other free jazz pioneers, with compositions referencing C20th contemporary music.
FRIDAY 2nd AUGUST – Shatner's Bassoon
An explosive young Leeds band influenced by John Zorn and Frank Zappa, playing with clichés and conventions to produce music flitting from the beautiful to the sinister, humorous and surreal.
All gigs in Studio Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music – 6.30pm-7.30pm, £6 advance tickets from here
Posted: July 26th, 2013 | Author: Ben | Filed under: Anton Hunter Trio, Johnny Hunter Quartet, Paradox Ensemble, podcast, Trio Riot | Tags: anton hunter, anton hunter trio, ben cottrell, johnny hunter quartet, manchester jazz festival, paradox ensemble, podcast, sam andreae, trio riot | Comments Off
Trio Riot will soon be back on English soil for what promises to be a punktastic experience for all! Here's a little teaser from their last visit to our pleasant shores and details of where you can see them this time.
TRIO RIOT UK TOUR :
July 29th – Jazz in the Round, The Cockpit, London
July 30th (with Shatner's Bassoon) – The Leeds Lock-in, Oporto, Leeds
July 31st – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Jazz Festival
August 2nd – Cafe Ort, Birmingham
August 3rd – Beatnik Records, Altrincham
August 4th – One Note Sunday, Derby
Posted: July 18th, 2013 | Author: Sam | Filed under: Trio Riot, Uncategorized | Comments Off
Anton Hunter – guitar
James Adolpho – double bass
Johnny Hunter – drums
Here on record for the first time
Anton Hunter Trio by Anton Hunter Trio
The release comes on either digital download or special hand-made limited edition CD with artwork by the ever-amazing Angela Guyton. And if you’re quick, there a discount code to celebrate today being International Jazz Day. Just put “jazzday” in when completing checkout to get a whopping 20% off the digital download, hurry though, the code runs out on Monday 6th.
There’s still chance to buy them in person too, the album launch gig is at Matt & Phred’s in Manchester tomorrow (Wednesday 1st May) and the trio will also be playing at The Oxford in London on Monday 6th.
Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Author: Ben | Filed under: Anton Hunter Trio, Releases | No Comments »
We’re pleased to announce our very own Anton Hunter is doing a short UK tour in April/May to promote his newest group, the ground-breakingly titled “Anton Hunter Trio”.
Thurs 11 April – Band on the Wall (with Troyka), Manchester
Weds 17 April – The Lescar, Sheffield
Fri 19 April – Ort Cafe, Birmingham
Sun 21 April – Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle
Weds 1 May – Matt & Phred’s, Manchester (album launch gig)
Mon 6 May – Jazz at the Oxford, London
This is all going to be in support of a brand new recording on Efpi, and here’s a sneak preview for your ears right now.
Setting out on tour for the first time leading his own trio, this marks a new phase in Anton’s career, the results have already been compared to such varied artists as Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Bill Frisell. More introspective and spacious than his work with HAQ or the Beats & Pieces Big Band, there is, as ever, still plenty of room for freedom and exploration within the structures, whilst not letting go of his melodic tendencies.
“…debut at this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival got everyone talking” Band On The Wall
“strong melodies, allied to a sense of exploratory improvised adventure” Jazz At The Lescar
Posted: April 3rd, 2013 | Author: Ben | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »