Break Out Sessions

Waldo’s Gift

In association with Shades of Soul Ltd

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Last Show: Thursday 22 nd August 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Waldo’s Gift is a contemporary instrumental trio of three young stars of the latest generation of Bristol-based jazz talent combining blinding technique with real creative musical insight and authenticity. Their hybrid of groove, math and jazz styles is equally influenced by producers from the artier end of electronic dance music and the more usual master modern jazz players.

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"Jaw-dropping. Working without barriers, genre lines are erased and creativity unleashed."

Clash Magazine

The debut album ‘Improvisations’, released May 10th consists entirely of music composed on the fly, performed live at The Gallimaufry in Bristol on December 19th 2018. The album art was also created in the moment by artist Holysseus Fly.

Speaking on the release the band share “We love playing improvised music together. It really is so cathartic to just play. To express your emotions in that moment. This album honestly captures that process, the three of us expressing. No overdubs or edits. We simply chose our favourite compositions from the performance as a whole. Having Holysseus Fly creating the artwork at the same time ties it all together.”

Formed in 2017 the band have already shared stages with the likes of Vels Trio, Cesca, PYJAEN and Adam Betts (Squarepusher).

"Improvisation at it’s absolute peak" BBC Introducing

"A new take on the guitar, bass, drums trio. Owing as much to Flying Lotus as John Coltrane" BBC 3 Jazz Now 

"Stylistic mash-up of math rock and jazz" London Jazz News 

"A compelling math-rock sound full of polyrhythmic dexterity and sparkling melody" All About Jazz