Credits and About
Tom Barford Saxophone
Alex Hitchcock Saxophone
Ferg Ireland Double Bass
James Maddren Drums
Tracks 1, 3, 5 and 7 written by Alex Hitchcock
Tracks 2, 4, 6 and 8 written by Tom Barford
Recorded at Giant Wafer Studios, Wales on 16-18th July 2019
Mixed and engineered by Alex Killpartrick
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering
Alex Hitchcock and Tom Barford are D’Addario Woodwind artists
Alex Hitchcock is a SYOS France and Henri Selmer Paris artist
Artwork design by Oli Bentley, Split
AuB (pronounced ORB) is the eponymous debut album from the London based quartet masterminded by saxophonists Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock. United by a fiery desire to make music together, their debut is progressive, uncompromising and relentless in its pursuit of the new. It’s a record that defines them as exciting, young and creative musicians. As Alex Hitchcock explains: “We tried from the start to find a radically new, ambitious approach to the quartet and a unique identity, playing to and combining both our strengths”.
The band name and album title allude to their collaboration as the driving force. It originates from the points on a Venn diagram, the unity of A and B, at which the combined forces are greater than the sum of their parts. AuB represents the synergies created through the development of the collective voice and sound: when two minds come together with a common purpose to create something collectively greater.
AuB refers to the meeting and unity of two musical minds and instrumental styles melded into one group sound. The twin tenor tradition has a long history, but with AuB it’s the collaborative writing process and blending of ideas that drive their group sound. Together with bassist Fergus Ireland and drummer James Maddren, AuB melds contemporary Jazz sounds, an adventurous and risk-taking spirit and a degree of unpredictability, with nuance and intensity into a whole that is compelling and excitingly original.
"This album just gets better and better the more I listen to it. Invigorating stuff from an exciting quartet. One can only surmise there be great things ahead for AuB."
"They combine fierce, virtuoso improvisations, electronic elements and collaboratively constructed compositions."