Tangent has been the centre of all three of Clowes’ albums for Basho Records (Tangent, And in the night-time she is there and Pocket Compass). They have toured the UK and Ireland and have regularly appeared in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, the European Broadcasting Union, Jamie Cullum’s Radio 2 show and ABC Radio Australia.
Clowes’ music draws on a variety of influences to realise her musical vision, most notably saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Iain Ballamy, and anything a bit quirky from the contemporary classical world – think John Adams, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski. The music relishes in angular melodies and complex textures underpinned by intricate grooves, often drawing on inspiration from literature and poetry.
The ensemble comprises some of the most exciting players on the European jazz scene – the virtuosic pianist/composer Gwilym Simcock “melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible”; the ultra-versatile guitarist Chris Montague who can “play like John McLaughlin one minute or Jim Hall the next”(Colin Towns); and the dynamic rhythm section of “Enthralling and oh so satisfying”(LondonJazzNews) bassist Calum Gourlay and in-demand drummer James Maddren.
“The quintet of the young Trish Clowes with Gwilym Simcock featured on piano impressed equally for the leader’s adventurous originals and her fluent free-improv soloing.”
Bob Weir, Jazz Journal, August 2014 (Brecon Jazz Festival)