Recorded in April 2017 the album portrays a narrative which explores the group’s musical journey. Beginning with performances which draw from the American Songbook tradition, it travels through to the modern aesthetic inspired by the surroundings of London’s jazz scene. This compelling journey explores sounds from many perspectives simultaneously. Forms, harmonies and rhythms are superimposed and abstracted while retaining their essential function, whilst the improvisations within them express the excitement and beauty of these frameworks.
Nick is fast becoming one of the most in demand guitarists on the UK jazz scene and has performed with some of the countries most renowned jazz musicians such as Martin Speake, Stan Sulzmann, Steve Fishwick, Jeff Williams and composer John Warren (ECM), touring in the UK Europe, Australia and South America
As well as leading his own quartet Nick has been apart of many successful musical projects as a contributing musician. He is featured on 9 studio albums, including A New Start by UK sax veteran Pete Hurt, (2nd place in the 2016 Jazz awards New Release category) and Fini Bearman’s Burn the Boat (2nd in JazzWise “Best Albums of 2016”). Nick will be releasing his debut album as a leader in 2018
Upon graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 with the highest mark in his year, Nick was awarded the Yamaha Scholarship for Outstanding Jazz Musicians.
“One of the brightest stars on the British jazz scene, elegant and impressive”
“Guitarist, Nick Costley-White has a flair for melody and he crafted some beautiful lines”
“Guitarist Nick Costley-White is a subtle, unselfish player whose unison playing with the saxophonist is a hidden gem of the album and whose solos and lead lines are similarly understated yet effective”
“Boppishly fluent and sensitive”
“A classy player with an elegant and subtle way with a good tune”
“The impressive guitar playing of Nick Costley-White, embracing jazz chord and rock-fusion vocabulary”
“We get to hear Nick Costley-White’s guitar in all it’s glory, splendid guitar work”
“Costley-White on his breaks and rhythmic excursions navigates territory a little familiar from Phil Robson’s imaginative acoustic approach over the years”