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Philip Clouts Quartet
11 May @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Melodic jazz with inspira3ons from around the world.
Cape Town-born pianist/composer Clouts’ South African roots have inspired a voyage of discovery that has led to him soaking up the joyful passion of Caribbean calypso, the bluesy melodies of middle eastern praise songs, the exuberant sway of Cuban dance music and the tuneful essence of Gospel while honouring jazz heroes including Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Charles Lloyd.
As a key member of the popular London-based world jazz ensemble Zubop and its oﬀshoot ZubopGambia, with BBC World Music award-winner Juldeh Camara, Clouts created a solid body of work with African roots. Since moving to Dorset in 2006 he has responded to his new surroundings with impressionisti compositions that complement his world music interests, resona3ng with strong themes and packing a mighty rhythmical punch.
The latest CD from the Philip Clouts Quartet is one of the ﬁrst waves of releases on the new jazz imprint from prestigious label Odradek Records. On this album, titled Umoya (named from the Zulu word for life force), Clouts’ African inspirations extend beyond Cape jazz to Gnawa music and Afrobeat, and further to pan-European folksong and soul-jazz. Joined by rising star saxophonist Samuel Eagles, bassist Tim Fairhall and drummer Ted Carrasco, he brings his musical journey alive with superb musicianship and infectious vigour.
PRESS “The best of British jazz” Chris Phillips Jazz FM “Precise ebullience and relaxed funkiness” The Guardian “A revelatory experience” UK Vibe “Clouts’ compositions are strong and likable. The quartet’s playing is similarly engaging, a feeling of optimism pervading the tunes with a life force of its own” All About Jazz “It has a very infectious feel-good quality about it” Jazz FM “Clouts’ aﬀection for a gospel-powered earthiness emerges in the relaxed funkiness of his piano solo” The Guardian “Clouts’ compositions are highly melodic, rhythmically varied, and stylistically and culturally diverse. In this quartet, he has musicians capable of bringing his ideas to colourful and vital fruition” Ian Mann
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