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.
Soon there is more good music to come by this extraordinary trio. They will release their fifth studio album in the beginning of 2023.
Jordan Smart - Saxophone
Nick Smart - Piano
Jesse Barrett - Percussion