|Ollie Howell - drums|
Ollie Howell's journey to this point made it a poignant night even in the modest surroundings of the St Pancras Room. He was diagnosed with a brain malformation in 2009 and since then has undergone surgery and long periods of recuperation. To his credit this hasn't dampened his composition skills nor his spirit and both the CD itself and the night's raw promise lived up to the label's highest standards.
|Matt Robinson - piano|
|Mark Perry - trumpet|
|Duncan Eagles - Saxophone|
|Max Luthert - Bass|
Ollie Howell's debut recording 'Sutures and Stitches' has already received a bucket full of good reviews. His music has also attracted the attention of both Jimmy Cobb and Quincy Jones and you can see why. The penultimate tune 'Dear Old Stockholm' gave Howell the freedom to express his talents through his playing rather than composition and he was mesmeric with his fluid changes in pace. Howell has a serenity around him, his long face emits a wisdom that must have been gained through some of life's toughest lessons. Whirlwind's Michael Janisch trusted him enough to launch the festival and he didn't disappoint.
He's currently on tour with a whole range of dates countrywide to take your choice from.
Including tonight in Bristol (18th October) and Sunday (20th Oct) at the excellent Southampton Modern Jazz Club.