Tom Arthurs [trumpet, flugelhorn]
Jasper Hoiby [double bass]
Stuart Ritchie [drums]
This exciting trio features three of the UK's most sought after musicians, Tom Arthurs, Jasper Høiby and Stuart Ritchie. All have their own separate projects but came together as Arthurs.Høiby.Ritchie in 2005. Their debut album, Explications, is simply one stage of what promises to be an exhilarating and ongoing journey for this fearsome trio – recorded just one day after a week of fervent gigs and virtually living in each other's pockets, the album is a mix of intensely rhythmic original compositions inspired by twisted dance-musics and concentrated, yet intimate improvisation.
With inspiration coming not only from musicians such as Der Rote Bereich, Ellery Eskelin, Tim Berne, Jim Black and Ligeti but film directors Andrei Tarkovsky and Jean-Luc Godard and food scientist Harold McGhee (who inspired Heston Blumenthal no less), this is a trio with unlimited potential for invention and for the unexpected; manipulating and extending material through detailed improvisations, and with an individual take on the great composition/improvisation debate.
"This formidably skilful trio exude warmth, delight in their work, and a provocative contemporary lyricism that brims with potential" 4/5 (John Fordham, The Guardian)
"If there was ever any question that trumpeter Tom Arthurs was a world-class talent, then Explications leaves us in no doubt" (Jazzwise)
"tough discipline handled with verve and intelligence, most exciting record of the season." (Jazz Review)
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