Satori is a Buddhist word meaning a moment of illumination or clarity. It emphasises the interplay between practice and enlightenment, which could be said to correspond to the craft and art of improvised music.
Satori released their first album last year on Whirlwind Recordings and are now working on a second. How to describe the music?
Inventive, Lyrical (Jazzwise), Spiritual, Spiralling, Joyful (UK Vibe), Fluent, Imaginative (Jazz Man), Irrepressible Tunefulness (Downbeat)
Satori is a Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz trio from Perrier award winning saxophonist Josephine Davies, featuring drummer Tim Giles and bassist Dave Whitford. The deliberate omission of a chordal instrument leaves a more spacious texture for the three musicians to explore the basic compositional elements Davies offers. This is a new direction for her, and one that showcases her creativity and strongly melodic improvisational approach. Although the focus of this band is on group interaction, exploration, and freedom from traditional set structures, Satori is also an accessible and hugely dynamic jazz ensemble. Their debut album was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings to wide acclaim.
“A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” (All About Jazz);
“Satori is so full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation that one can only take pleasure in the listening” (UK Vibe)
Josephine Davies (saxophones)
Tim Giles (drums)
Dave Whitford (bass)