Matt Ridley (b) John Turville (p) George hart (d) Jason Yarde (reeds)
Formed in 2012, when Matt added highly-regarded reeds player Jason Yarde to his established trio, the band have established themselves as ‘one of Britain’s very finest contemporary quartets’ (Jazzviews). Playing Matt’s very varied compositions the band’s music is highly creative and exciting, with four musicians who have developed an almost telepathic musical understanding.
Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the most versatile and creative bassists in the UK. He is in demand as a sideman in straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, as well as in world music, folk, classical and pop. It’s this global awareness and range that has led to the development of his main creative outlet, the Matt Ridley Trio. Improvisation is of central importance, but so also is inventiveness of composition, in an attempt to reconcile the different genres of music. The result is an ensemble that sounds like no other: fresh-sounding, at times very complex, at others disarmingly simple. A collaboration with the internationally recognised saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde, has spawned yet more music and has led to further interesting developments in the band’s evolution.
Apart from the Trio, since the death of Michael Garrick, Matt has led the MJQ Celebration, bringing a modern sensibility to the well-known and much-loved repertoires of the Modern Jazz Quartet. In addition Matt appears regularly with Darius Brubeck and has toured recently with Lyric Ensemble, in memory of Michael Garrick.
Jason Yarde began playing alto and soprano saxophones with the Jazz Warriors while still a teenager and then went on to MD this landmark orchestra and became one of the principal writers. He has a BA (Hons) in Performance Arts from Middlesex University – a degree that incorporated a year at William Paterson College in New Jersey where he studied orchestration, studio engineering, jazz performance and saxophone under Joe Lovano, Gary Smulyan and Steve Wilson.
Jason writes music that has been described as powerful, spiritual,and evocative. He composes across variety of styles (progressive jazz, classical, hip-hop fusion, free improvisation, broken beats, R&B, reggae, soul, song writing) and for a variety of media (orchestras, chamber ensembles, big band, dance, film, electro-acoustic and midi) and his potential and originality is such that he was nominated for the Bird Award at the 2004 North Sea Jazz Festival and for the Jazz on 3 Innovation Award for the 2005 and 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. He has recorded albums from his solo “BlueBox” to the ten piece “Acoutastic Bombastic”.
Jason is also a first choice sideman for a variety of American and European leaders, and has produced albums for many artists.
“Ridley is an imaginative soloist who also roots the band with strength and simplicity” (Alison Bentley London Jazz Blog)
“One of the most exciting young bass players around” (Marlbank)
“A leader and composer with real character” (The Jazz Breakfast)