Mark Lockheart’s ‘Dreamers’




Mark Lockheart (Saxes), Elliot Galvin (Piano/Keys), Tom Herbert (Basses), Dave Smith (Drums)

Mark Lockheart relates; “‘Dreamers’ is many things to me, a piece of work that is the fruition of both a break with the past but also a logical extension of my other music and also most importantly the birth of a new working group.

I wanted this music to be unfussy and direct, but also unpredictable and surprising. The grooves, the sonics and the musical character of each piece are all hugely important and the process led me into a new sound world that’s very different from anything I’d done before…..

People ask me what’s behind this music and all I can answer is ‘everything’!

The writing process happened quickly for this album my only intention really was to not be restricted by style or genre and let the music flow in the most natural and unforced way possible. 

Of course there are influences and with hindsight I can hear many of them, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach, Ellington and Kraftwerk are here a bit , not sure how and don’t really care. 

The three musicians with me on this record have been cunningly intuitive about how I wanted the music interpreted and I love how everyone plays on this record. Elliot’s wonderful sonic palette, Tom’s deep rooted bass playing and Dave’s incredible groove and spirit, holds the music high and gives each piece its identity and character.” ML

If this new grouping of Mark’s is anything last his last creation ‘Malija’ (w/Liam Noble & Jasper Høiby) who we heard in Bristol,  back in Oct’ 2017, we are in for a right treat!  

“From Loose Tubes to Polar Bear and beyond, Lockheart’s capacity to be ahead of the jazz curve is undeniable. In this new band his combination of lyrical economy and harmonic creativity has found three improvisational soulmates who clearing know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms”. Jazzwise magazine

‘Dreamers’ the album; will be released early 2022 on Edition Records

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