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Ollie Howell composed this bright-eyed set of contemporary jazz originals while undergoing and recuperating from a sequence of neurosurgical procedures – hence the album title Sutures and Stitches.

The UK drummer/composer’s main inspiration, though, was the bustle and complexity of metropolitan life, which he adroitly captures with catchy melodies, the rattle and clack of a contemporary rhythm section and sturdy structures to blow on. Lean and lively sax and trumpet solo with purpose and new face Matt Robinson supports sensitively on piano. An impressive debut recording.

Ollie Howell

Sutures and Stitches

(Whirlwind)

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