The Weave are an exciting incarnation of some of Liverpool’s best established jazz musicians, and their brand new album Knowledge Porridge is out now on Rufusalbino Records.
At the epicentre of this new musical planet is band leader Martin Smith. He has woven together a network of some of the very finest musicians in the musical city to end all musical cities: Anthony Peers (trumpet), Anthony Ormesher (guitar), Tilo Pirnbaum (drums), Rob Stringer (piano) and Hugo "Harry" Harrison (double bass).
Together they bring a mind-bogglingly diverse CV of influences and experience. Jazz icons such as Digby Fairweather, Kenny Wheeler, Ian Carr and Jim Mullen rub shoulders with the likes of John Martyn and Arthur Brown, while names such as Super Furry Animals, The Coral and Albert Lee are fascinating head-turning tangents.
The end result is a brilliantly original musical kaleidoscope of ideas knitted together to create a soundscape like no other. Splendidly energetic and warm, sometimes playful but always soulful, spanning the bridge of several generations where no genre is denied access to the party.
Officially formed in August 2012 when they recorded their debut album, the members of The Weave have been playing together in various incarnations for up to 20 years, and so have a very close bond both musically and as brothers in arms. This combined with the twin trumpet and guitar front line creates a unique and extremely refreshing and cohesive band sound and identity. They treasure melody above all else and whilst there is plenty of space for individuals to shine in improvisation, everything serves the song.
In their first year The Weave were selected as Northernline Ambassadors by Jazz North. Since then they have forged a terrific reputation nationally as a live band, performing more than 50 shows up and down the country, and culminating in a sell out show at the 2014 London Jazz Festival.
Their self titled first album received a great deal of mainstream radio exposure and was critically acclaimed both in the UK and in America, with W.Royal Stokes (writer for Downbeat magazine) listing it in his "most notable releases of 2014".
The Weave's second album Knowledge Porridge see's them incorporate and infuse elements of their broader musical experience in Liverpool.
Liverpool has an extremely rich, diverse and really quite incestuous musical landscape. All the musicians in The Weave have benefited from the wealth of experience that's available, and the border-less cross pollination that flows freely there.
Knowledge Porridge feature's collaborations with Luciana Mercer (Stealing Sheep and The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band), Micheal Head (Shack, The Pale Fountains and The Red Elastic Band). And presents contributions from Jonathan & Georgina Aasgaard (principal cellists in the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Vidar Norheim (Wave Machines), Andrzej Baranek (Magic Hat Ensemble) and Stuart Hardcastle (Beatlife).