AuB “Not Jazz” is the new collaboration between the two young saxophonists, Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock. AuB is the London based quartet, masterminded by Barford and Hitchcock, musicians who are making huge waves as part of the next generation of virtuosic instrumentalists in the UK. Barford released highly successful solo release, “Bloomer”, in 2018. Alex Hitchcock released last year two albums, his debut “All Good Things” and an EP “Outside In”.
AUB, pronounced ORB, refers to the meeting and unity of two musical minds and instrumental sounds melded into one group sound. Together with bassist Fergus Ireland and drummer James Maddren, AUB melds contemporary Jazz sounds, an adventurous and risk-taking spirit with a degree of unpredictability, nuance and intense improvisation.
Listen to Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock as AuB new single “Not Jazz” below:
Tom Barford said about his band: “Both Alex and I have been hugely influenced by the great tenor giants of the past but there are also so many incredible twin tenor albums around now. The Sonny Rollins Quartet with John Coltrane, Sonny Meets Hawk, and Sonny Side Up are among a long list of twin tenor albums I have grown up loving. The modern albums include Polar Bear, Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek’s ‘Bloomdaddies’ band. I think the twin tenor line up works especially well if the saxophonists have individually distinctive sounds and different approaches to improvising. I feel like myself and Alex are slowly but surely achieving this which is a very exciting feeling.”
Watch Tom Barford and Alex Hitchcock as AuB new single “Not Jazz” below: