James Davison – trumpet
Matthew Herd – alto saxophone
Sam Rapley – tenor saxophone
Liam Dunachie – piano
Misha Mullov-Abbado – double bass
Scott Chapman – drums
Award-winning, London-based jazz bass player, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado is a musician who combines great imagination with raw talent and a clear vision. A BBC New Generation Artist and with three critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records under his name, his most recent offering Dream Circus showcases his ‘melodic gift’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and ability to masterfully combine beautifully-crafted compositions with free-spirited improvisation. Written over a three-year period the album, produced by fellow Edition Records bassist and bandleader Jasper Høiby (Phronesis), marks the arrival of an artist who has been on a voyage of self-discovery.
The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences. The band has performed at a variety of prestigious jazz and classical festivals across the UK, as well as undertaking overseas ventures to France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium and Mexico. London highlights include the Southbank Centre, King’s Place, Vortex and Barbican Centre.
Having been signed to Edition Records since 2014 the group recently released “Dream Circus”, produced by fellow Edition Records bass player and bandleader Jasper Høiby. The band previously released “Cross-Platform Interchange” (2017) and “New Ansonia”, the latter of which was included in “Best Jazz Albums 2015” of both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3. All of the band’s releases have received an overwhelming amount of praise, and the group appears regularly on Radio 3 and Jazz FM.
The band’s repertoire is influenced by a broad spectrum of music in the classical, jazz and pop genres as well folk traditions from around the world, particularly from South America. Misha’s music contains chorale-based and contemporary styles that are influenced by classical giants from Bach to Bartok and beyond, and also pays tribute to jazz and groove-based music including swing, samba, funk and fusion. As a bass-led band Avishai Cohen, Ray Brown and Charles Mingus are all important role models for this exciting sextet.
Having originally met while studying together this ensemble of old friends has a lot of history of working together in many different combinations and bands. Many of them have their own projects performing their own incredible and unique music and all play in variety of successful groups such as the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Seafarers, and Alfa Mist.
“It will not be many years before Misha becomes one of the world’s leading figures in music” La Jornada (Mexico)
“Both his composing talents and his propulsive bass-playing are currently such hot UK jazz news” The Guardian
“An unfailing inventive, artfully produced, and delightfully sunny debut” The Telegraph on New Ansonia
“Soul-enhancing jazz” BBC Radio 3 on the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group