12th March 2021 8:00pm
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Presented by Jazz Steps as a Livestream from Peggy’s Skylight Friday 12th March 8pm – gig link is open from 7:55pm
Warmer Than Blood is the new venture from critically acclaimed composer and guitarist Chris Montague (Troyka, Squarepusher, Benny Greb). It brings together pianist and ECM recording artist Kit Downes and renowned electric bassist Ruth Goller (Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Let Spin) for a groundbreaking exploration of Chris’ compositions.
While Chris’s reputation as a startlingly original composer is already well established, not least through his longstanding collaboration with Downes in the much-lauded Troyka project, this release marks the first in Chris’ extensive discography to be entirely under his leadership, and his choice of an unusual line-up was both fortuitous and deliberate. “I love how Ruth and Kit both interpret music, they were always going to be my first choice - and writing for a band without drums made us work much harder to create dynamics and shape within each piece. This brought out a whole new dimension in the compositions”.
Chris takes inspiration from many sources and it is hard to classify this music, it still has shape and energy, without relying on volume or histrionics to deliver it. All three musicians responded to the deliberately limited sound palette by reaching into their boundless musical imaginations.
What Reviewers say about the album Warmer Than Blood
“Montague, I suppose the UK’s greatest jazz guitarist since John Mclaughlin yet still ridiculously underknown to a wider international audience, and certainly in a pantheon that includes such different players of remarkable genius as Derek Bailey, John Etheridge, Mike Walker, Phil Robson and Shirley Tetteh down the years proves himself more than ever as a composer” - Marlbank.net March 2020 (full review)
“Montague's approach to composition and improvisation is intelligent and inventive with the trio achieving a broad range of sounds and dynamics.” The JazzMann
“This is a real treat and easily one of my favourite recordings of this year.”JazzViews (full review)
“A unique sound…a joy to listen to.” Something Else Reviews (full review)
Kit Downes Piano
Ruth Goller Goller
Chris Montague Guitar