Ollie Howell revamps his band and switches label for latest album
Self-Identity is the new sextet album from drummer Ollie Howell, now set for a mid-April release. Listen to the second track, ‘Shadows,’ above.
A track very much in the thrusting Terence Blanchard mould in its modernisation of hard bop, Duncan Eagles of Partikel is on tenor saxophone standing in the front line with dynamic newcomer Henry Spencer on trumpet.
In the rhythm section Howell knits in with Flying Machines pianist Matt Robinson also injecting a touch of Fender Rhodes elsewhere on some tracks, innovative electric guitarist Ant Law (akin to the state-of-the art Nir Felder sound in his role on this track) and bassist Max Luthert, Eagles’ triomate in Partikel.
Less than four years on from the English drummer first emerging on well received quintet affair Sutures and Stitches with Eagles, Luthert and Robinson returning from that album in the new rejigged line-up, the tunes and arrangements on the new release are the drummer’s own, the album to be released on hip US label Ropeadope.