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Sam Quintana’s Wandering Monster

February 4th, 2019


A second visit to Kenilworth for Sam’s quintet, featuring

  • Sam Quintana- Double Bass/Compositions
  • Ben Powling- Tenor Saxophone
  • Calvin Travers- Guitar
  • Aleks Podraza- Piano/keys
  • Tom Higham- Drums

Wandering Monster perform intricately arranged instrumental rock music which draws upon jazz sensibilities and sound worlds. Made up of five crossover musicians highly active on the northern scene, the group reach beyond what may be expected from the tried and tested line-up of the tenor saxophone/guitar quintet. Retaining the harmonic sophistication and improvisational approach of jazz, these influences are juxtaposed with the rhythmic complexity of modern rock and metal. The result is a sound that is intense and raucous, yet also dynamic, sensitive and spontaneous. An engaging live act, the band is able to pull off involved written material alongside moments of exciting, natural improvisation.