Friday, 14 December 2012

Roller Trio, Hello Skinny, Lexington, Pentonville Road, London music scene

"Dark, menacing, bass heavy - the new sound of UK jazz." I could see why BBC 6 Music's Giles Peterson described Roller Trio thus. 
   But, last night, in a small but ideally sized room above north London's Lexington pub on Pentonville Road, Leeds-based Roller Trio (tenor saxophonist James Mainwaring, guitarist Luke Wynter and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams) blended engaging melody, bravado anthemics and sensitive yet powerful harmonies.
  Only in their 20s, these confident and technically accomplished musicians treated their Lexington cluster to a session of real power and rare groove. Roller Trio's surging bass tones hummed into us through the Lex's floorboards.
   Keep an ear to the ground for Roller Trio, who first met at Leeds College of Music. They're well worth a look and a listen when they next add their unique lick to a slice of London's music scene that defies pigeonholes...except the one tagged 'new and exciting'.

Experimentalists Hello Skinny with bandleader Tom Skinner perfectly opened at the Lexington, also showing how trios armed with new music technology can really create new and exciting sounds.

Tip-off credit and thanks to Nad the 'Cave Man'.

Paul Coleman, London Intelligence, December 2012  


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