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.
Train Across The Meadow is the third and final single leading up to the release of Consequential. The piece is inspired by a favourite spot on Walthamstow Marshes, a regular local escape for Samuel by foot or bike. "I like to sit and watch the trains shunting along the edges of the marshes, counting the carriages and imagining the lives of the passengers". Here we find Sharp weaving an earthy yet intricate pastoral journey, at times mimicking the picking and slapping of a live acoustic guitar as the scene unfolds before us.
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
Beautiful use of the saxophone. - Jamie CullumBBC Radio 2
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