Sam Quintana- Double Bass/Compositions
Ben Powling- Tenor Saxophone
Calvin Travers- Guitar
Aleks Podraza- Piano/keys
Tom Higham- Drums
Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental jazz which draws upon the soundworlds and sensibilities of rock and world music. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the UK music scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.
'Thoughtful music; melodic, flowing and measured, with enough twists and turns to keep everyone engaged-'
Mike Walker (Dave Holland, Tal Farlow, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell)
'...really rather brilliant-'
Roger Thomas- BBC Music Magazine
‘This may be their debut album, but there’s a maturity and generosity in each other’s musical company that makes Wandering Monster just a little special-‘
Andy Robson- Jazzwise
‘For a debut album this is an excellent start…and this forty-minute foray augurs well for the future of this embryonic monster band-’
Roger Farbey- All About Jazz
‘Wandering Monster can be justifiably proud of this excellent début. Leader Sam Quintana's writing is mature and evocative, and the standard of musicianship is remarkably high throughout-’
Ian Mann- The Jazz Mann
‘A bunch of players who all went to the same college in a big city, formed a hot band, and now want to bring their new music to a live audience countrywide? You’ve heard that story before, but this is a well-wrought version that’s definitely worth paying attention to-’
Jon Turney- London Jazz News
‘…an album comprised of gorgeously composed and masterfully performed contemporary jazz-’
Scott Murphy- Heavy Blog is Heavy