Mark Lockheart’s ‘Dreamers’
Mark Lockheart: saxophones
Elliot Galvin: keyboards
Tom Herbert: bass guitar
Dave Smith: drums
(photo credit; Dave Stapleton)
Mark Lockheart’s new group, Dreamers, signals a new trajectory for the British saxophonist and composer through a new set of original compositions with this bold and unique sounding band. Stylistically free and slightly psychedelic in nature, the project is a step sideways and a step up for Mark who, as a founding member of Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, has often remained ahead of the curve. Expect urgent and exciting grooves and textures all cleverly crafted together within Lockheart’s memorable tunes, with wide ranging influences from Ellington and Shorter to John Zorn, the Beatles and even Kraftwerk!
Mark Lockheart first came to prominence in the 1980s with the influential band Loose Tubes. In 1992 he formed the eclectic quartet Perfect Houseplants while the mid-90s saw him recording and performing with many jazz, folk and pop artists, including Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, June Tabor, Robert Wyatt, Prefab Sprout and Radiohead. In 2003 Mark joined Polar Bear which recorded six ground-breaking albums, two of which were nominated for the Mercury Award, including ‘Held On The Tips Of Fingers’ which appeared in Jazzwise’s ‘100 Albums That Shook the World’. Mark’s acclaimed quintet album ‘In Deep’ was followed by his album ‘Days Like These’ with the NDR big band. His album ‘Ellington In Anticipation’, a radical reworking of Ellington melodies was MOJO magazine’s Jazz Album of 2013 and the following year Mark’s trio, Malija was formed, with Jasper Hoiby and Liam Noble. In 2010 Mark was awarded Musician of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and in 2016 he was Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year. The album, ‘Dreamers’, will be released in February 2022 on the Edition label.
“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 improvisatory soulmates who clearing know how to make the most of his compositions in their own terms” – Jazzwise magazine
Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie-like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates, although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. He performs regularly as a soloist, recently releasing the entirely improvised album ‘Live in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton’ and is a key member of the Mercury nominated band Dinosaur. He began a duo project with the saxophonist Binker Golding with whom he released the critically acclaimed album EX Nihilio on Byrd Out records in February 2019.
“He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humour. He’s the kind of artist you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.” – John Fordham, The Guardian www.elliotgalvin.com/
Tom Herbert is a also a member of Mercury Prize nominated bands The Invisible and Polar Bear, as well as vocal/double bass duo Moats