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Elliot Galvin Trio | Punch


ELLIOT GALVIN piano, kalimba, melodicas, accordion, cassette player and stylophone
TOM McCREDIE double bass
SIMON ROTH drums, percussion and glockenspiel

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‘He reminds me of the young Django Bates, and the impression Django made on me in the 1980s – great improv chops, strong character as a player and a composer, evident love of the jazz tradition without wanting to repeat the past, very English sense of humour. He’s the kind of artist  you always want to stay tuned in to, because you know he’s going to keep on coming up with surprises.’ John Fordham


02 – Free Range CANTERBURY
15 – The Jazz Bar EDINBURGH
16 – The Blue Lamp ABERDEEN
17 – Wales Millennium Centre CARDIFF
21 – The Spotted Dog BIRMINGHAM
26 – Seven Arts Leeds LEEDS

13 – Kings Place LONDON
14 – The Bear Inn at Hotwells BRISTOL
19 – The Lescar SHEFFIELD
29 – Cheltenham Jazz Festival CHELTENHAM

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“Packed with pop, jazz and contemporary classical references, it’s typically whimsical-sounding Galvin music (there’s a real Punch and Judy show sample in the opener) but steered by an unblinking artistic focus that has nothing whimsical about it at all.” THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“Blessed with the ability to pull a whirlwind of ideas into a cohesive, entertaining whole…Elliot Galvin gifts us a sophomore work of imaginative daring and technical smarts…A rising star heading for the UK jazz A-list.” THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD (UK)

“The music is highly original with an impossibly wide range of influences, from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, and Galvin plays an amazing range of instruments: piano, melodica, kalimba. accordion, cassette player and Stylophone, a miniature analog stylus-operated keyboard…Although this collection has many passages of familiar piano trio styles it also ventures into somewhat different approaches using an inventive idiosyncratic style, often displaying Galvin’s wry sense of humour.” THE AUSTRALIAN (AUS)

“Galvin released his second, highly acclaimed album Punch in 2016, also on Edition Records, and is surely in poll position as the presumptive heir to the brilliant Django Bates in the British jazz keyboardist stakes” ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)

“If the overflowing imagination and the controlled insanity of Punch could not shake the traditional indifference of continental Europe to the vitality of young English jazz, nothing can!” TIME OUT (POR)

“It’s all good, clean fun – and another triumph of contemporary jazz invention. That’s the way to do it!” AP REVIEWS (UK)

“I strongly recommend the whole session.” SANDY BROWN JAZZ (UK)

“The over-riding feeling of the CD is that of a composer and pianist with a lot to give… I would not mind betting this is an act and a composer on the strong ascent.” JAZZ IN EUROPE


“To me, the hottest candidate for the European jazz album of the year!” JAN HOCEK, HIS VOICE (CZ)

‘Excellent album’! WRITTEN IN MUSIC (NL)

“The pianist Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of British jazz and a very talented composer and pianist, perhaps only to be compared with the well-known British musician Django Bates, although after listening to the whole CD Elliot Galvin probably is quite unique.” RADIO DREYECKLAND (DE)

“Trumpeter Laura Jurd and pianist Elliot Galvin: individually, two of the British jazz scene’s hottest young names right now; together a super unit that bubbles with musical and personal understanding… [there is] both humor and many intricate layers of meaning and depth in Elliot Galvin’s music…” LIRA MAGAZINE FEATURE (SWE)

“…one of my favourite releases of 2016.” ABC JAZZ RADIO (AUS)

1. Punch and Judy 4.44
2. Hurdy-gurdy 4.01
3. Tipu’s Tiger 5.39
4. Rolling 0.09
5. Blop 3.29 Listen | Download | Watch
6. Lions 3.09
7. 1666 2.51
8. Mack The Knife 5.46
9. Polari 3.46
10. Cosy 4.35

About Punch:

Elliot Galvin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates, although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. From deconstructing standards to creating his own microtonal melodica, Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious, drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligetti, Deerhoof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce. A regular collaborator with Laura Jurd, he also plays in a free improv duo with Mark Sanders. But his main artistic vehicle is the Elliot Galvin Trio, which in 2014 was announced winner of the European Young Jazz Artist of the Year Award in Germany. That same year they released their debut album ‘Dreamland’ to rave reviews, with the Guardian calling it “audaciously accomplished” ****, Jez Nelson (BBC Radio 3, Jazz on 3) saying it was “Perhaps one of the strongest debuts that I’ve heard from a UK artist in a long while… extremely bold and progressive” and The German magazine ‘JazzThing’ naming it as an album of the year.

Punch is their second album and their debut for Edition Records.


Recorded at Studio P4, Funkhaus, Berlin on December 1st – 3rd , 2015 by Marco Birkner.
Mixed at Funkhaus, Berlin in January 2016 by Marco Birkner.
Mastered at Stockholm Mastering, Sweden in March 2016 by Thomas Eberger.

All music composed by Elliot Galvin except ‘Mack The Knife’ composed by Kurt Weill and arranged by Elliot Galvin and ‘Rolling’ composed by Elliot Galvin, Tom McCredie, Simon Roth and Marco Birkner.

Artwork by Darren Rumney
Photography by Dave Stapleton
Artwork Direction by Elliot Galvin Trio

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