Ivo Neame - piano
Jim Hart - vibes
Tori Freestone - sax and flute
Huw Williams - double bass
Dave Hamblett - drums
Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time. Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Strata saw him reach new heights as a composer leading a quintet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates.
Strata is a collection of Neame originals which gyrate energetically with complex written grooves and varying instrumental colours to spark opportunities for adventurous, improvised blowing. Ivo’s intention for this latest project was to explore harmonic and textural detail in greater depth in order to forge numbers which each take on their own identity. As such the resulting core quintet landscape, augmented by Neame’s sustained synth and accordion layers plus Freestone’s dazzling flute extemporizations, does indeed traverse many different levels.
"Ivo Neame's complex compositions and gorgeous arrangements married with his searching yet unequivocal soloing results in an album of exceptional depth and originality, indubitably enhanced by his choice of such a talented coterie of collaborating musicians." - All About Jazz
"This superb new quintet release Strata on Whirlwind Recordings signals the emergence of a UK-based jazz artist of international quality." - Jazzwise
"Neame has a restless imagination as an improviser." - 4 Stars Recommended, Marlbank