Sloth Racket

Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone, compositions), Sam Andreae (alto/tenor saxophone), Anton Hunter (guitar), Seth Bennett (bass), Johnny Hunter (drums).

New album ‘Shapeshifters’ (Luminous, 2017):

Reviews of ‘Triptych’ (Luminous, 2016):

‘Consider this an important contribution to the debate about spontaneity versus form.’
– Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise ****

‘The Sloth Racket sound is broadly comparable to that of Tim Berne’s Bloodcount, the mid ’90s New York quintet with the same instrumentation, or the earthier, brawnier sound of Chicago as filtered through Peter Brötzmann’s Tentet.’
– Tim Owen, Dalston Sound

‘an agreeably spicy goulash of free improvisation, grumpy riffs and bluesy themes’
– Stewart Smith, The Quietus

‘nobody in their right mind is going to call this row slothful’
– Spencer Grady, Record Collector

More photos (including high res images) and videos can be found on the new Sloth Racket mini-site.

A biog:

Sloth Racket is a quintet of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Anton Hunter (Beck Hunters, Article XI) on guitar, Sam Andreae (Trio Riot, Silence Blossoms) on tenor saxophone, Seth Bennett (Metamorphic, En Bas Quartet) on bass and Johnny Hunter (Spirit Farm, Nat Birchall) on drums. The group play Cath’s compositions, combining written fragments with graphic notation to explore the balance between freedom and structure. The results range across musical territories from fiery free jazz, to minimal improv textures, to deep grooves.

And here’s a technical rider.

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Photos (from top): Agata Urbaniak 2017, Peter Woodman 2015.

Video: At Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival 2016 by Agata Urbaniak.