Bloomer is the debut album from Tom Barford, saxophonist, composer and winner of the 2017 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. An instrumentalist of supreme talent and creativity, Tom won the attention of judges, lifelong Wheeler collaborator and friend Evan Parker, Edition boss Dave Stapleton and Nick Smart, Head of Jazz at Royal Academy of Music, for his originality and vision. The resulting album, Bloomer, is richly vibrant, energetic and melodic; a recording that will launch the career of this future jazz star.
The writing is wonderfully intricate and demanding and yet is exuberantly listenable, imaginative and emotionally gripping. Barford wants his composing to be both thought provoking and beautiful. As he explains, “I want the music to feel as though you're stepping into another world”.
"...he slips between bop language and modernist abstraction like a true polyglot, his timing and phrasing always impeccable."- Jazzwise Magazine
“We are witnessing the birth of a new star in the Jazz firmament.” Evan Parker
Tom Barford // Saxophone
Billy Marrows // Guitar
Rupert Cox // Piano
Flo Moore // Bass
Dave Storey // Drums