Josephine Davies – Sax
Oli Hayhurst – Bass
James Maddren – Drums
A melodic and intimate gig by this superb trio. Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio with a focus on melodic freedom and band interaction led by saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies who won Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Their 2017 debut album attracted wide critical acclaim in the UK and Europe while their 2018 follow up ‘In The Corners Of Clouds’received equally glowing reviews. “irrepressible tunefulness” (Downbeat); “consistently inventive” (Jazzwise); “spiritual, spiralling, slow-burning exuberance” (UK Vibe).
Satori is a contemporary jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies, featuring drummer James Maddren and bassist Oli Hayhurst. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble. Their self-titled debut album, a live recording, was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings to wide critical acclaim. This was followed a year later by their second album ‘In the Corners of Clouds’ which attracted equally glowing reviews. Comprised almost entirely of first takes, the less-rehearsed immediacy of Satori’s sound is fundamental to the ambiences which Josephine Davies seeks.
“What makes the album so striking is Davies’ refusal to abandon melody even as she lets go of defined changes. Her irrepressible tunefulness not only leads the improvisers in fruitful directions but also offers the listener an open door into the music” – Review of ‘In the Corners of Clouds’ Downbeat Magazine
“A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” – All About Jazz
Live concert (Thursday 6 May 2021 7pm) £14/12 (25 and under £7) here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/josephine-davis-and-satori-early-evening-concert/e-zjbdko
Live Recording – (Sunday 9 May 2021 7pm) £5 here https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/jazzleeds/josephine-davis-and-satori-live-recording/e-gjzklq