As he turns 60 and commands a new status as a legendary British Jazz musician, Mark Lockheart sees this new music as the fruition of both a break with the past but also a logical extension of what he’s done before – moving him inexorably to the forefront of European Jazz.
With Elliot Galvin on keyboards, Tom Herbert on bass and Dave Smith on Drums, he has found, as Jazzwise explains, “…three improvisatory soulmates who clearly know how to make the most of his compositions on their own terms”.
From Loose Tubes and Polar Bear, Mark Lockheart has always remained ahead of the curve of trends and has constantly explored new directions in his own music. Dreamers is a new project that epitomises that adaptation and change perfectly, allowing the music to speak without the boundaries of genre and predictability.
As Mark explains: “The grooves, the sonics and the musical character of each piece are all hugely important. The process of writing music for these musicians led me into a new sound world that’s very different from anything I’d done before”.
“I wanted this music to be unfussy and direct, but also unpredictable and surprising. The writing happened quickly for this album – my only intention being not to be restricted by style or genre. Of course there are influences and with hindsight I can hear many of them, John Zorn, Burt Bacharach, Ellington and Kraftwerk are all here, not sure how – perhaps they were all in one of my dreams!”
Dreamers will be released on 28th January 2022 and Mark tours the UK in February.