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.

Released on October 27 2017, Shadow Work is their third album and the first they have self-produced. Recorded at 80 Hertz Studios, Gondwana Records home from home in Manchester, it is the result of 18 months of intensive touring and mammoth writing sessions. The energy from their exhilarating live performances has fed into the writing process and yet there is a quiet reflective side to this album, giving it an expanded emotional range that draws the listener deep into Mammal Hand’s sound world. One that builds on the sound of their previous recordings, Animalia and the beautiful Floa, but is wider than ever, with the use of prepared piano strings, more prominent effects and field recordings all adding to the band’s most ambitious and accomplished album to date.

Their new album Captured Spirits (Gondwana Records) was released in September 2020.


08.02.2022 DE-Hamburg Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
10.02.2022 DE-Berlin Heimathafen
  • 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 - Hourglass (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
    Mammal Hands - Hourglass (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
  • Mammal Hands - Kandaiki
    Mammal Hands - Kandaiki
  • Mammal Hands - Mansions Of Millions Of Years (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
    Mammal Hands - Mansions Of Millions Of Years (Official Video) [Gondwana Records]
"... vor allem live wird jeder der feinfühligen Jazz-Songs der Briten zu einer kleinen gemeinsamen Reise."
“The semi-classical drums/sax/piano trio Mammal Hands mutate into a high-volume rave act.”
The Guardian
Gondwana Records
Shadow Work
Shadow Work
Gondwana Records
Gondwana Records
Gondwana Records
Line up

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





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