Wednesday 27th September 2017
£10.00 - £10.00
Line-up: Max O'Donnel (guitar), Rocco Palladino (bass) and Saleem Raman (drums)
“Cream Filtered through Dilla’s SP-1200” Three Jazz heads who have been playing with David Gilmour, Jamie Woon, Jessie Ware, PB underground and PigBag get to together to throw some stuff down....
SEN3 – Future Guitar Music
The history of the guitar trio is littered with world-nominating names – from The Police to Nirvana, the Jimi Hendrix Experience to Cream – and it seems apt as jazz-informed music takes over the mainstream that an exciting new genre-surfing threesome should emerge from London’s musical melting pot. SEN3 – a.k.a. guitarist Max O’Donnell, bass guitarist Dan Gulino and drummer Saleem Raman – have created their own wide-screen soundworld that’s as rich in melody and emotive harmonies as it is in contemporary beat-culture and heavy riffs, all shot through with the band’s telepathic interaction on stage and in the studio.
Already experienced and in-demand sidemen, the trio itself first formed in 2012, born out of a two-year residency that helped nurture their musical chemistry as a tightly knit guitar/bass/drums unit. These early performances offered a vital opportunity to explore some deep-rooted jazz and fusion influences, which were stretched and morphed via their interpretations of such classic tunes as ‘The Message’ by Grand Master Flash, Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirt’ and Radiohead’s ‘Ideoteque’. The band soon developed its own synthesis sounds, also embracing the large scale flourishes of Pink Floyd and Weather Report and the heaviness of Led Zeppelin.
Yet SEN3 are also a product of our times, happy to embrace Afrobeat, movie scores and electronica – infusing their dexterous riffs, punchy bass lines or hard-hitting break-beats with contemporary sonic twists. And while their fusion of sounds includes the openness of jazz, they’re happy to drop a heavy groove or immerse the listener in a hypnotic soundscape – their collective virtuosity always serving the music.
From this initial residency the band recorded their stunning debut album, The Drop, between 2014-2015, launching the album and their newly-named SEN3 line-up at Portobello Road’s influential Jazz:Refreshed night in September 2016. Regular gigging since has seen the band play venues all over the capital as well as in Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester with plenty of radio and media attention from Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show, Jazzwise Magazine, Dublab and www.soulandjazz.com.
Seeking ways to stretch themselves further they’ve created their own unique take on Grime, via a four-week residency at north London venue Birthdays, with their Grime Reworked project interpreting the work of artists such as Kano, Dizzie Rascal, Stormzy, Wiley, Giggs, Elf Kid and more with guests MCs.
Already Receiving support from JazzFM, BBC Radio Scotland and Soulandjazz.com.....
“Love this new Project” – Chris Philips Jazz FM
“SEN3 are in possession of a seriously unique and energetic sound - loving theses guys." – Tony Minvielle #FoldedSpace on SoulandJazz.com”
“The SEN3 album caught my attention when it was sent to me immediately. I'm not normally taken by modern jazz albums in this way but this really made me stop and wonder 'what's this?!' I fully support this exciting new project and these guys will blow up for sure!” – Rebecca Vasmant - BBC Radio Scotland
SEN3’s debut album The Drop is available now at sen3.bandcamp.com and other online platforms.
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