This trio is on a completely different musical stratosphere than most of their contemporaries. Part Sci-Fi Film Score and part Nu Jazz. It has grit and pushes jazz forward in a way that perhaps hasn't been done before. They've put their stamp on it and it's refreshing to hear something unique!
New Devices is the 3rd album from Leeds based trio and Mercury Prize nominees Roller Trio. A unique trio, their sound is modern and gritty, pushing sonic boundaries to their limits. Switching the feel of a tune in a heartbeat from edgy improv to anthemic power riffs to reverb-swamped note storms, Roller Trio are powerful and progressive. For this album, the line-up includes Chris Sharkey, a guitarist at the cutting-edge of contemporary guitar improv, alongside James Mainwaring, saxophone & electronics and Luke Reddin-Williams, drums. Their mix of high octane technicality and deceptively catchy tunes has transcended their Jazz heritage, bringing them acclaim from fans and critics alike. Their eponymous debut album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize and the band were also nominated for MOBO's Best Jazz Act that same year.
The new album’s theme is as relevant as it could be in today’s social climate. New Devices reflects people’s confused relationship with technology and the public participation in self-surveillance. As James explains: ‘We couldn’t have made this album without technology, the devices used in music making and the online communication, yet we’re concerned about the future and the impact social media will have on the next generation - Do we really have a grip on our relationship with technology?’.
The music is dark, gritty and urban - menacing bass lines underpinned by squalling improvising from guitar and sax attaining ultimately uplifting fulfilment. Built from sound fragments of Leeds nightlife formed and reformed through the musical intelligence and instrumental brilliance of the three musicians it’s an exhilarating, rollicking ride - an exercise in freeform free fall, a three for all free-for-all, moderated by the musical logic and compositional rigour of the pieces.
released June 22, 2018
Engineered by Ben Eyes (Moral Alignment and STUDIO VISIONARY) at the Trevor Jones Studio, University of York
Mixed by Chris Sharkey and Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technologyworks Mastering
September 2018. It's July 2020 now. I'm feeling that's too long, y'know..?
This stuff's addictive. You just have to get more of it.
The composition and performance on show are in a class of their own. But I say that every time.
This is jazz like nothing else. Peter Jones
I have been searching for jazzy music similar to "ambient jazz ensemble" I finally found it. sweet jazz, with electronic trip hop downtempo elements. I've listened to all the albums, and this one is my fave. it's impossible to pick a favorite, but it would either be,
Juniper, hyperloop, crossings, or eight days lol. MajikDan
Anton Eger caught my attention as drummer and integral composer of the jazz trio "Phronesis". He's responsible for outstanding tracks like "67000 mph" on "Parallax" or "Herne Hill" on "The Behemoth". His solo effort "Æ", co-produced and partly co-written by multi-instrumentalist Petter Eldh, is no less ingenious, but be prepared to be taken away into completely different realms. It's not jazz - it's electronically infused avant-fusion with break-neck drum grooves. Sven B. Schreiber