Preview: Matthew Read tour and album

Bassist, composer and arranger Matthew Read has announced a British tour for his trio and an album launch gig at Kansas Smitty's for Anecdotes Vol 2

The Matthew Read Trio - Read on double bass, Benedict Wood on guitar and Arthur Newell on drums (pictured with Newell left, Read centre, Wood right) - will be embarking on a 20-date British tour during the early months of 2018. The 15 February performance at Kansas Smitty's in London will be the launch gig for the trio's second album.

The trio draws its influences from a multitude of styles including jazz, folk, country, hip hop, dance music, spirituals and both European and American church music, to create a soundscape of melody-driven music.

Anecdotes Vol 2 follows on from the trio’s 2016 debut release Anecdotes. Read says: “I decided to write music for the trio that told stories. I felt early on that this band was one that would respond well to slightly more left field forms of inspiration than other bands I have played in".

Anecdotes Vol 2 features 11 original compositions based on Read’s experiences. According to Read K is an imagining of the music that might arise if Kendrick Lamar and Kurt Rosenwinkel were to play together, Burke & Hare reflects its titular grave robbers and Revolutions is a piece that laments the loss of interest in physical media formats.

Read adds: “What's nice about Anecdotes Vol 2 is that, whilst the first album was telling my story, the new one is telling our collective story. We've spent so much time rehearsing, playing, travelling and generally hanging out together, that the new tunes are based on our joint experiences”.

Read was the 2016 recipient of the Dankworth Prize for big band composing and arranging.

The Matthew Read Trio's 2018 tour dates are as follows:

25th - Ronnie Scott's
26th - Ronnie Scott's
28th - The Phoenix, York
29th - Jazz at the Peer Hat, Manchester
30th - Parr Jazz, Liverpool

2nd - Jazz Cafe, Newcastle
3rd - Zeffirellis, Ambleside
5th - Kenilworth Jazz Club
6th - Slouch, Glasgow
7th - The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
8th - Tchai Ovna, Glasgow
9th - Cafe Lento, Leeds
10th - Pizza Express, Maidstone
11th - Southampton Modern Jazz Club
13th - The Spotted Dog, Birmingham
15th - Kansas Smitty’s, London (Anecdotes Vol 2 launch gig)
18th - Hot Numbers, Cambridge
22nd - Cafe Jazz, Cardiff
23rd - Mr Wolf's, Bristol

8th - The Forge, Basingstoke
15th - Norden Farm Centre For the Arts, Maidenhead

11th - Speakeasy, Torquay

For further details, visit Matthew Read's webpage.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by Stewart Capper

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