Wandering Monster

by Wandering Monster

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Since it’s inception in the autumn of 2014, Wandering Monster has honed a sound which demonstrates a combination of intricately arranged off-kilter grooves, in your face hooks and lengthy collective improvisation sections. Influences taken from the rhythmic complexity of modern jazz are juxtaposed with the intensity of classic blue note recordings. Despite hailing from the musical melting pot of Leeds the monster will be unleashed across the north of England at a number of jazz festivals in the coming months after winning the 2016/17 Jazz North Introduces Award.

The band features, Andy French on tenor saxophone, Calvin Travers on guitar, Aleks Podraza on piano/keyboards and Tom Higham on drums. Also associated with projects such as Zeitgeist and Stretch Trio, these musicians are amongst the most active on the Leeds music scene.

Their debut two track EP was recorded 26th October 2015 at Leeds Fold alongside a video by Maria Alzamora.



released March 21, 2016

Sam Quintana - Bass
Andy French - Tenor Sax
Calvin Travers - Guitar
Aleks Podraza - Piano/Keys
Tom Higham - Drums

Recorded mixed and mastered by James Hamilton for New Jazz Records.



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Wandering Monster Leeds, UK

Leeds based upright/electric bassist Sam Quintana graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2014 with a BA (hons) Jazz degree after three years of one to one tuition with established bass players Garry Jackson and Zoltan Dekany. Since moving to Leeds Sam has become an active member of the city’s music scene, becoming involved with a wide range of projects whilst also writing for his own quintet. ... more

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