Reviews that mention Sam Andreae

November 26, 2020

Article XI

Live in Newcastle
Discus 89 CD

Should you be searching for a composition title which more inadequately describes the music you’re hearing than put on Live in Newcastle’s “Not the Kind of Jazz You Like”. A misnomer, the track swings and sways with double-gaited polyphony that would impress the most cynical or hidebound listener. This energy and elation is brought to all of this CD by this Manchester, UK-based 11-piece ensemble.

Following a pushing and pumping introduction “Not the Kind of Jazz You Like” maintains its deep swing via a contrapuntal duet between baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts’ snorts and high-pitched tongue jujitsu from one or both trumpeters Graham South and Nick Walters. Gutbucket slides follow from trombonist Kieran McLeod or Tullis Ronnie, while comping frails from guitarist Anton Hunter leads the group to a shrill, accented climax. MORE

November 23, 2019

Sloth Racket

Dismantle Yourself
Luminous LU 011


The Double

Fancy Music 135

Brother acts are nothing new in the music word. In Jazz alone there have been the Dodds Brothers, the Adderley Brothers, the Heath Brother and the Bauer Brothers to name a few. Often the reason for family members playing together is the intuition that comes from learning and practicing music at the same time. The concept isn’t a universal nostrum, but certainly the high quality of these sibling CDs is helped by familial connections. MORE

September 1, 2018

Sloth Racket

A Glorious Monster
Luminous Label LU010

Three years on the hard-hitting Sloth Racket quintet is refining its approach to Free Jazz without losing any of the power that characterized the band’s earlier music. One of the rare ensembles that overcome the archaic London verses the-rest-of-the-UK divide, the quintet matches timbres from baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts from the British capital with four players who live in Manchester or further out: bassist Seth Bennett, alto saxophonist Sam Andreae, drummer Johnny Hunter and guitarist Anton Hunter. During A Glorious Monster’s four mostly fast-paced tracks, contrasts are set up between rumbling smears from the baritone saxophone and lighter flutter tonguing from the alto saxophonist, which sometimes erupt into Eric Dolphy-like juttering runs. Meanwhile Bennett and especially J. Hunter set up a squirming concrete-like rhythm mass that is consistently pierced by singular flanges or stabs from the guitarist. MORE

October 1, 2016

Sloth Racket

Luminous label LU 002

Heavy Beauty


Ava 017

Contemporary photographs of Russia’s Nicholas II and Great Britain’s George V show them to resemble one another so strongly that they could have been mistaken for twins. But the personalities and concepts of the autocratic final Romanov, executed by the Bolsheviks and the constitutional monarch of the United Kingdom who lived to a ripe old age couldn’t have been more different. So it is with these bands. Both seem to take their cues from hard-core aggregations like The Thing which are as much about Metal and Noise as Free Music, and both have similar personnel, heavy on guitar, bass, drums and saxophones. But the similarities end there. MORE