The Jazz Mann’s Ian Mann writes, “McCormack again blends his numerous sources together skilfully to create a sound that is wide ranging and inclusive, yet simultaneously intensely personal.”
Robin Kidson writes, “The Calling is a most satisfying and absorbing piece of work by a composer coming in to his own ably assisted by some supremely talented musicians. If this be “prog-jazz”, then let us have more.”
Kind of Jazz’s Rob Mallows writes, “Graviton has gravitas and guts, and listeners should be thrilled to join the quest.”
A massive 5 Star Review from UK Vibe Magazine!!!
Jazz Views’ Eddie Myer writes, “McCormack is a formidable virtuoso, fully capable of integrating a range of influences from such challenging sources as Tigran Hamasyan and Steve Reich, and he’s written a set of closely plotted, twisting and turning pieces for his excellent band to negotiate.”
“And so the journey begins…”
All About Jazz’s Roger Farbey writes, “(The Calling is) an album packed full of enchanting delights.”
Andrew McCormack/Graviton: The Calling
UBU0025 / CD & Digital Formats
Release Date: 7th June 2019
Ubuntu Music is delighted to announce the signing of multi-talented pianist/composer/producer Andrew McCormack, to release Graviton: The Calling, the second album in the Graviton series.
Graviton is a formidable prog-jazz group led by McCormack, drawing on his wide range of influences that demonstrate his talents for composition as well as showcasing the band’s captivating performances. The music evades clear categorisation. However, the pianist always looks to push himself and his fellow musicians to find something new yet accessible.
Graviton: The Calling—Album Teaser Video
Scheduled for release in Summer 2019 on the fast-rising Ubuntu Music record label, Graviton’s second album, The Calling, follows the storyline of the classic "Hero’s Journey".
The group includes the forefront of the UK contemporary jazz scene with Noemi Nuti on vocals, Josh Arcoleo on tenor saxophone, Tom Herbert on electric bass and Josh Blackmore on drums.
"I've worked with Martin as my manager for nearly six years and I'm beyond thrilled to be able to release my music on his label and under our greater control”, said McCormack. “I've watched him build his team and grow Ubuntu Music from strength to strength over the last couple of years and I hope I can do my bit to help contribute to what is rapidly becoming one of the leading independent jazz labels on the scene."
Martin Hummel, Founder and Director of Ubuntu Music said, “Andrew and I have now worked together for some time, initially with me as his manager. The relationship has grown considerably and has delivered significant results. Ultimately, the logical extension was for Andrew to decide that the Ubuntu Music record label was the right place for his music. We are absolutely thrilled to embrace Andrew as a full member of the family and look forward to many more successful years together.”
An interview that looks at Hummel's business, the state of the industry and the future!
Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.
Sunday, 19th November
Quentin Collins Quartet
Pizza Express Soho Lunch Show (Sold Out)
Trumpet/flugelhorn ace Quentin Collins is mixing things up with a new band and some pulsating, soulful sounds. His latest line-up included Andrew McCormack/piano, Daniel Casimir/bass and Shane Forbes/drums. The audience was clearly ready for this one, as the band played a range of Collins’ compositions, including Peace of Silver, in tribute to the late master and performed by the Kyle Eastwood Band. It was a special one, and places Collins right back on the front foot of outstanding lead trumpeters in this country.