Now on general release! Get it at your local good record shop, or check out bandcamp and I’ll post it to you!
Here’s a selection of nice things that people have said about the album:
John Fordham, The Guardian: “cutting-edge contemporary music, but it’s unexpectedly engaging emotionally, and deeply rooted in imaginative composition.”
Stewart Smith, The WIRE: “a distinctive response to the knotty compositional language of Coleman and Berne, combining post-bop licks with tight contrapuntal arrangements.”
Cellars and Lofts: “it’s an orgy of dogged machinery that mimics and demands the human body.”
Sandy Brown Jazz: “a most interesting and satisfying album”
Dalston Sound: “There’s a fine balance to the raw, puckish vitality of each individual performance and the combined quartet’s precision of execution. The musicians evidently know each other well, and they anticipate, shadow and trace each other’s moves with beguiling immediacy.”
Marlbank: “stimulating small group work”
LondonJazzNews: “I strongly urge you to get out and see the band live”
— Ed Riches (@Ed_Riches) March 7, 2017
— Anton Hunter (@HunterAnton) March 6, 2017
— Dee Byrne (@deebyrnesax) March 5, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) March 5, 2017
Gr8 review in 2day's Guardian for Madwort Sax Quartet album is no surprise – their recent gig for @jazznortheast was amazing. Buy it now!
— Paul Bream (@jazzalertman) March 3, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) March 2, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) March 2, 2017
— Chris Dowding (@chrisjdowding) February 24, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) February 24, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) February 8, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) February 2, 2017
— Ƭom Warɗ (@themadwort) January 31, 2017
Tickets available from: Madwort bandcamp
Super-excited to announce pre-orders are now open for the Madwort Saxophone Quartet’s debut album on Efpi records! Check it out on bandcamp:
12th January – JOT trio @ Noise Upstairs, Fuel Cafe Bar, Manchester
New improv trio with Otto Willburg & Johnny Hunter.
27th January – Kepler Orbit @ Club Integral, The Others, Stoke Newington
Another new improv trio, this time with Martin Pyne & Ed Riches.
9th February – Adam Fairhall/Tom Ward duo, Vortex, Dalston
Playing alongside Cath Roberts/Seth Bennett duo and Adam Fairhall solo, this will be a great night of improvisation back at the Vortex.
Madwort Saxophone Quartet Tour
To support the release of Live at Hundred Years Gallery on Efpi records, we’re doing some gigs around the UK, supported by Arts Council England!
- 12th February – Jazz North East / Splinter, Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
- 1st March – Plink Plonk, York Tavern, Norwich
- 2nd March – Blessington Carriage, Derby
- 5th March – IKLECTIK, London
- 6th March – The Wonder Inn, Manchester
14th February – Kepler Orbit @ Sonic Imperfections, New Cross
South London’s premier night for new music! And close enough that I can walk to the gig! Woohoo!
- 21 March @ Fizzle, Birmingham (Ti/om)
- 25 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, London
- 26 March @ 5 Years of Raw Tonk, Manchester
- 27 March @ Plink Plonk, Norwich
- 29 March @ Safehouse, Brighton
- 20 May @ Non Figurative Musikk, Tønsberg, Norway
Many thanks to everyone that came down to the sax quartet’s live recording session at Hundred Years Gallery, it was such a special night! Really excited about how the results are shaping up!
Here’s what it looked like mid-flow…
— LUME (@lumemusiclondon) April 16, 2016
A couple of gigs that got missed:
December 17th – LUME: The Hat Speaks @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
The return of the hat jam, where improvisers submit to the will of a die and a hat full of names!
Sunday January 10th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston
An enjoyable sunday afternoon big band gig depping on bari sax & bass clarinet & getting properly stuck into the LJO’s charts.
And some that are still to come:
Sunday February 7th 2016, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Jazz at the Salisbury, Green Lanes
Paulo Duarte’s big band roars in the Salisbury Pub on Green Lanes, with special guests Dave O’Brien & Jason Simpson aka the Quadraceratops rhythm section!
Sunday March 6th 2016, 8pm – Tom Ward / Adam Fairhall / Olie Brice / Andrew Lisle @ LUME at the Vortex, Dalston
A brand new collaborative quartet featuring myself alongside master improvisers Adam Fairhall (piano), Olie Brice (double bass) and Andrew Lisle (drums).
Sunday March 13th, 4pm – LJO @ the Vortex, Dalston
Back at the Vortex again with the LJO!
March 23rd-30th 2016 – Beats & Pieces Big Band @ Germany
I’m depping again on baritone sax with Beats & Pieces for their trip to Germany, Austria and possibly some other surrounding countries. Hopefully I will be able to renew my passport before I have to catch the ferry…
April 16th – Madwort Sax Quartet live album recording @ Hundred Years Gallery, Hoxton
We’re recording the first MSQ album at this very hip basement venue in Hoxton, presented by LUME.
April 23rd – Yazz Ahmed’s Family Hafla @ Bournemouth Jazz Festival
I’ll be depping on bass clarinet playing some of Yazz’s lovely Arabic-influenced music. And maybe we’ll see the sea…! More details at Bournemouth Jazz Festival‘s website.
Two bits of news about the upcoming Madwort Saxophone Quartet gig at Manchester Jazz Festival…
Firstly, it’s apparently sold out, so if you don’t already have a ticket, you’re too late!
Secondly, in very sad news, Chris Williams has fractured a bone in his hand in a freak accident, so the amazing Dee Byrne will be standing in for him on alto saxophone.
We had a great time (medical emergencies aside), here are some photos from the day taken by David McLenachan:
Also, some vines from MJF!!
May 26th to June 16th – LUME (Quadraceratops/Entropi) on UK tour!
This is the big one – LUME on Tour! A string of nine dates featuring the double-bill of bands from Cath Roberts & Dee Byrne around the UK, partially funded by Arts Council UK.
- 26th May – Jazz At The Spotted Dog, Birmingham
- 27th May – Jazz At The Lescar, Sheffield
- 29th May – Fusebox, Leeds
- 31st May – Splinter Jazz, Newcastle
- 1st June – Freedom Principle, Manchester
- 5th June – The Bebop Club, Bristol
- 7th June – ‘LUME Presents…’, The Vortex, London
- 15th June – Friends Meeting House, Derby
- 16th June – Dempsey’s, Cardiff
Thursday July 9th, 7pm – LUME 2nd birthday party – Hat Jam!
I’ll be one of 15 amazing improvisers putting their names into the hat for a night of unexpected & impromptu ensembles at Hundred Years Gallery in Hoxton to celebrate LUME’s second birthday!
Tuesday July 14th, 9pm – Overground Collective @ Vortex Jazz, Dalston
The big band returns to the world-famous Vortex, featuring tunes by Paulo Duarte & other band members (possibly including one of mine…!)