Compositionally, Neame owes much to an array of musical heroes, from Paul Hindemith and Steve Reich to more recent innovators, such as Keith Jarrett, the Claudia Quintet and Tomas Stanko. The sound worlds of these influential masters have been combined with extended forms and varied approaches to improvising, to provide a sparkling, contemporary result.
Neame's previous release “Caught in the Light of Day” was rated the 4th best album of 2010 by MOJO Magazine and received glowing reviews from the press.
"Underpinned by stylish drummer Dave Hamblett with award-winning vibraphonist Jim Hart and the versatile tenorist/flautist Tori Freestone up front, Ivo Neame's latest crew of seasoned professionals is arguably his best yet" - Jack Massarik, London Evening Standard
" an album of exceptional depth and originality, indubitably enhanced by his choice of such a talented coterie of collaborating musicians" all about jazz
"this sextet including expressive tenor saxist and flautist Tori Freestone and vibraphonist Jim Hart plays eight of Neame's challenging originals in an engagingly laidback manner" the guardian
"It’s a perfect balance of thrills and beauty, thought and brawn. – there’s an approachable immediacy to this music which crosses the jazz generations" jazzwise magazine
"A singular voice and a communal effort from a group of musicians who are shaping the future of British jazz" Irish Times
Quintet features: Tori Freestone (sax / flute), Jim Hart (vibes), Ivo Neame (piano), Jasper Hoiby (bass), Dave Hamblett (drums).
As one of the flagship bands of London's LOOP collective, it features some of the finest young jazz musicians from the UK playing contemporary music that is far-reaching in its scope. It is highly personal music, allowing each member the space to shine both individually and as part of the ensemble.
Over the last few years, the band has been builiding a strong reputation, performing all over the UK and Europe, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences everywhere. 2012 saw the release of a new album on Edition Records preceded by a nationwide UK tour. The album featured new member Tori Freestone on sax, whose presence has expanded the musical possibilities of the group, allowing greater freedom for the others to chart new improvisational waters. In April 2015 the quintet album 'Strata' was launched on 'Whirliwind recordings' to rave reviews.
TOUR DATES 2016
30 SEP - CALDSTOCK ARTS
2 OCT - LOWESTOFT
8 OCT - JAZZ CAFE POSK, LONDON
20 OCT - HOPE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
21 OCT - LEEDS
22 OCT - CANTERBURY FESTIVAL
23 OCT - CHARLESTOWN, CORNWALL
24 OCT - BRISTOL
13 DEC - ST IVES, CORNWALL
14 DEC - ASHBURTON, DEVON
15 DEC - POOLE, DORSET