Billy Marrows Band & AuB
LONDON Green Note
The Billy Marrows Band brings together several of the UKs most exciting improvisers to explore Billys unique, boundary-pushing compositions.The listener is drawn into a musical world of light and dark, chaos and calm, joy and mystery, where events don't always unfold as you might expect. With a broad spectrum of influences including Wayne Krantz, Tim Berne, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill and Django Bates, the Billy Marrows Bands vibrantly melodic, groovy and expressive music explores the relationship between improvised and composed music, generating a fertile playground for these highly creative musicians. Their music incorporates grooves from across the globe and takes inspiration from many genres, including jazz, funk, avant-garde jazz and classical.
Billy Marrows - Guitar (Tom Barford Group, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra)
Chris Williams - Alto Sax (Led Bib, Let Spin)
Huw V Williams - Bass (HON, Ivo Neame Quintet)
Jay Davis - Drums (Big Bad Wolf, Alex Hitchcock Quintet)
AuB is the London based quartet masterminded by two young saxophonists, Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock, musicians who are making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists intent on doing things their way. AuB refers to the meeting of two musical minds: instrumental sounds melded into one group resonance. Tom Barford was the recipient of the prestigious Kenny Wheeler Prize in 2017 and released his debut album Bloomer on Edition Records last year. Award-winning saxophonist Alex Hitchcock has led his quintet at Umbria Jazz Festival, Love Supreme and Ronnie Scotts, releasing their debut album on Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent in May 2019. This is adventurous, risk-taking music. With no chordal instrument to tie them down, the twin front liners are free to roam at will, pushing hard against the shifting rhythmic and harmonic boundaries sketched out by the endlessly creative team of Fergus Ireland on bass and James Maddren on drums.