Mammal Hands

Great Britain
Jazz Electronic
Mammal Hands

Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) has carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own. Hailing from Norwich, one of Britain’s most isolated and most easterly cities, they have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream and their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals. All three members contribute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos.


Their records are entrancing and beautiful affairs, while their hypnotic live shows have seen them hailed as one of the most exciting bands in Europe as they push their unique line-up to the outer limits of its possibilities. Their third album Shadow Work – which was their first self-produced album – was released in 2017 on Gondwana Records, followed by Captured Spirits in September 2020.


Their fifth studio album ‘Gift from the Trees was released in March 2023. It contains subtle shifts and exciting new departures for the unique trio. GFTT offers a fresh perspective on the unique trio’s singular music. The first to be recorded in a residential studio, the band enjoyed the opportunity to go late into the night searching for a deeper, more organic experience, closer to both their writing process but also their trance-like live performances. While some of the music was pre-composed and had even been performed live, the band also enjoyed the opportunity to improvise ideas in the studio.

Tourdates

22.05.2024 SE-Göteborg Jazzklubben Nefertiti Tickets
23.05.2024 SE-Stockholm Fasching Tickets
24.05.2024 DE-Dresden Dresdner Musikfestspiele Tickets
25.05.2024 TR-Cappadocia Cappadox
Tickets
19.07.2024 DE-Jena Kulturarena Jena
Tickets
Videos
  • Nightingale
    Nightingale
  • Mammal Hands — 'Chaser' (Official Video)  [Gondwana Records]
    Mammal Hands — 'Chaser' (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
  • Mammal Hands — 'Ithaca' (Official Video)  [Gondwana Records]
    Mammal Hands — 'Ithaca' (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
  • Mammal Hands - Boreal Forest (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
    Mammal Hands - Boreal Forest (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
  • Mammal Hands - Kandaiki
    Mammal Hands - Kandaiki
Press
"Warm and sincere communication, marked by admirable humbleness."
Jazzwise, 07.25.2023
"... especially live, each of the Brits' delicate jazz songs becomes a little journey together." "... vor allem live wird jeder der feinfühligen Jazz-Songs der Briten zu einer kleinen gemeinsamen Reise."
Intro
“The semi-classical drums/sax/piano trio Mammal Hands mutate into a high-volume rave act.” "Das semi-klassische Schlagzeug/Sax/Piano-Trio Mammal Hands mutiert zum lautstarken Rave-Act."
The Guardian
“Full of harmonic surprises and rhythmic intensity.”
London Jazz News
Discography
Gift from the Trees
Gift from the Trees
2023
Gondwana Records
Captured Spirits
Captured Spirits
2020
Gondwana Records
Becoming
Becoming
2018
Gondwana Records
Shadow Work
Shadow Work
2017
Gondwana Records
Floa
Floa
2016
Gondwana Records
Animalia
Animalia
2014
Gondwana Records
Line up

Jordan Smart - Saxophone
Nick Smart - Piano
Jesse Barrett - Percussion

Availability

Territories:

worldwide

2024 November, fall
2025 all year
Contact
Ibrahim Bilen
Ibrahim Bilen
Head of A&R Jazz, Booking Agent
ibrahim@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 22
Meret Engels
Meret Engels
Booking Agent, Production & PR
meret@f-cat.de / +49 30 26 103 29 24

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