Recently described by the great Quincy Jones as “an unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it … he really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat”, Ollie Howell was selected by Quincy himself for the opening residency at his new jazz club in Dubai. \
Ollie’s first album — Sutures and Stitches — was hailed by the Guardian as a “fine debut” with Mojo highlighting the “delicious dynamic flow and an almost elegiac beauty”. The follow-up — Self Identity — will be released worldwide on 17 March 2017 via Ropeadope, joining a growing family of jazz innovators such as Christian Scott and Terrace Martin.
The most exciting thing about music is the mystery that so often surrounds its creation. In 2009 Ollie underwent surgery for a brain malformation, and as part of his process of understanding his condition and the fragility of life he began writing his own music from his hospital bed. The intent was to form something positive from the experience, and the results are transcendent.
Ollie Howell – Drums/compositions/electronics
Duncan Eagles – Tenor Saxophone
Ant Law – Electric Guitar
Henry Spencer – Trumpet
Matt Robinson – Piano/rhodes/electronics
Max Luthert – Double Bass