London saxophonist and composer Samuel Sharp has two secret weapons for captivating his audiences. His saxophone and his storytelling. His innovatively crafted soundscapes blur the lines between classical, jazz and electronic music.
A playful, mellifluous and sometimes dizzying brew, Samuel layers and weaves his saxophone notes into intriguing, soporific and occasionally slapstick patterns, with only a small batch of effects pedals for accompaniment.
"Every track on the album has a story behind it so it makes sense to repaint the scene live onstage," explains Samuel, who will release Consequential, his second solo album and first release with Scottish label Blackford Hill in June.
First single Twinkly Tide is inspired by a long walk along the chalky beach at Cuckmere Haven on the south coast. It was early summer, during the May bank holiday. As Samuel looked out to sea, he was transfixed by the bright and constant twinkling of the sun on the water.
Twinkly Tide features bright blasts of saxophone, dancing and bouncing in energetic undulations, rippling forward then retreating backwards, creating swells of vibrant rhythms.
Canal Crash will be released alongside Twinkly Tide and features sharp, punchy bass notes building steadily to a loud splash as Samuel recalls a bicycle accident which propelled him over his handlebars into the Regent's Canal.
Samuel is also known for co-founding and curating the post-classical club night Counter Chamber in Hoxton. "I rehearse the talking bits of my shows as well as the music. I've been to stuffy classical recitals over the years and seen baffling sets in arts venues so I want people to feel comfortable at my performances."
Already counting Hannah Peel, Stuart Maconie and Tom Ravenscroft among his fans, Consequential is sure to draw more admirers into Samuel's rich world of ambient electronic instrumentals.
One of the great sax innovators of our time. - Gordon RutherfordLouder Than War
He's just so good... he did an amazing session for us a few years ago. - John KennedyRadio X
Really like that - something new from London based saxophonist and composer Samuel Sharp. An album on the way, and to kick things off they've released that single called Twinkly Tide. - Jez NelsonJazzFM
I love the way he plays the saxophone… pristine, full of energy, and still very soulful as well. - Elizabeth AlkerBBC Radio 3
Beautiful use of the saxophone. - Jamie CullumBBC Radio 2
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