Matt Ridley Trio featuring Jason Yarde

Matt Ridley Trio featuring Jason Yarde

1st December 2013

Formed in 2011, the Matt Ridley Trio garnered a reputation on the London scene, playing the leader’s unique and exciting compositions. In 2012 they recorded an album, augmented by celebrated composer and saxophonist Jason Yarde, to be released on Whirlwind recordings in October 2013.

"I envisaged a sound encompassing the exotic flavours and emotions of Middle Eastern music, with the jazz sensibility of improvisation on complex structures," says Ridley on the inspiration behind his original music.

By fusing the modal and rhythmic elements of Middle-Eastern music with the harmonic complexities of jazz, Ridley's composition 'Siddhartha' was born, and what followed was a stream of ideas which aligned themselves into the other music on the album, with influences as diverse as funk, modern jazz, and 20th century minimalism.

The core of the band comprises the award-winning pianist John Turville, the highly musical (not to mention fiercely virtuosic) drumming talents of George Hart, with Ridley at the helm. The trio soars through the leaders' genre-bending improvisational territory with wit and aplomb, no matter if the musical terrain is tricky or serene, creating a unique sound world unlike any unit working today. The trio is joined for the album launch tour by special guest saxophonist and globally recognized composer Jason Yarde. Yarde perfectly assimilates the feeling of Ridley's compositions, singing the melodies from the depths of his soul, and improvising in a way that few saxophonists working in jazz can conceive.

'an imaginative soloist who also roots the band with strength and simplicity'
Alison Bentley, London Jazz Blog

"Matt Ridley's trio project is full of spirited energy and clearly etched interplay, sometimes augmented by Jason Yarde on sax. Their music is certainly modern, yet appealing to older ears attuned to acoustic jazz and its long exploratory history. Matt's compositions take in counterpoint, odd metres, ethnic influences, and generally exult in the complexity of today's improvised music. This is clearly the work of someone eager and able to say something original in the jazz tradition. Incidentally, Matt has been a member of my UK quartet for six years."
Darius Brubeck (Jazz Pianist, and son of the legendary Dave Brubeck)

"Matt Ridley is the latest bass player to strongly emerge on the London scene as a prominent composer and bandleader. Both his playing and compositions contain engaging rhythmic elements that draw on Middle Eastern & Indian influences, whilst being deeply rooted in the jazz tradition. He also delivers his music message with sincere clarity; I look forward to hearing what he does next!"
Jim Hart, World-Renowned Vibraphonist

Table Seating £12
Standard Seating £10 / £8 concs
Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.

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