For our final Friday in The Cambridge Jazz Festival Hot Numbers presents a double bill of two super tight trios.
Headlining at 8pm, HLK Trio is the union of three distinct, forward thinking musical personalities.
At the centre sits drum and percussion virtuoso Richard Kass. He is a powerful, polyrhythmic engine whose multi-limbic facility affords him a wealth of textures and multiple layers of expression, unimaginable (and certainly unplayable) for most drummers. He executes rhythms at more than one tempo simultaneously, which often draws comparison to electronica and computer generated music. The standard drumset is augmented with numerous bells and chimes, hugely expanding the range of sounds.
Guitarist Ant Law plays a bespoke extended range electric guitar with 8 strings and a variety of effects, creating ambience and sonorities. This, the only electric instrument in the ensemble, provides a contrast to the acoustic elements from the piano and drums. He is known mostly as a jazz musician, but his interests and musicianship spread further and wider than that, and influences from heavy metal and elsewhere shine through at times.
At the helm sits classical pianist and composition mastermind Richard Harrold. From a young age Harrold was immersed totally in contemporary classical music. This led him to study composition in London (at the Royal Academy of Music) and in New York (at the Yale School of Music). His approach encompasses recomposition and decomposition as much as pure composition itself. His harmonic realm is the border between tonality and atonality, and there is a strong sense of rhythmic and melodic development throughout his writing.
Support at 6pm comes from much hyped young trio Zenel in association with JazzNewBlood.
Meeting through the jazz scene in London Zoe Pascal (drums) Noah Stoneman (keys) and Laurence Wilkins (Trumpet) create original music applying their jazz improv nature to more unorthodox influences such as rock, electro, hip-hop, folk and Afro-Lusaphone