Sam Quintana- Double Bass/Compositions
Ben Powling- Tenor Saxophone
Calvin Travers- Guitar
Aleks Podraza- Piano/keys
Tom Higham- Drums
Described as thoughtful, energetic, serpentine, embryonic, boisterous, episodic and nuanced, Wandering Monster reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. The group showcase their love for world music, rock and metal whilst continuously trying to learn from the trailblazers of Black American music and improvised music. These influences result in a sound that is intense and raucous, yet dynamic, sensitive, spontaneous and intellectual. The band's eponymous debut album was released in 2019 on Ubuntu Music to much critical acclaim. 2020 will see the release of two singles in which the outfit continue to blend the performance of involved written material with exciting collective 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