White Rocket - Belfast
With a succession of Irish and international dates under their belt, White Rocket are already making a powerful declaration of intent. Original, precocious and uncompromising, they're making music that captures the essence of today's jazz agenda.
Dubliners Carpio and Felton met Chicago-born Wick at Canada's Banff Centre for Jazz & Creative Music and not for the first time, the famous artistic retreat has been the catalyst for a memorable first contact. Trumpet, piano and drums may seem an unlikely combination, but in this music, its personality that counts, and White Rocket have it in abundance. That, and a shared love of the rhythmic systems of India's carnatic music and everything from Nick Drake and Hindemith to Autechre and Meshuggah.
These influences are not overt, but do offer compelling evidence of open musical minds at work.
Comfortable and self assured within the contemporary jazz idiom, and yet liberated from it, Carpio, Wick and Felton move from their hallmark asymmetric grooves to an introspective lyricism without impediment, with the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic axis in constant movement between this triad of brilliant young players.