JAZZWISE – December/January 2018, Issue 225
THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME – WHO TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018
NEW YORK-LONDON SUITE: Sam Barnett Quintet
Debut album, launched 27.2.17, Pizza Express Dean Street
A hugely impressive début from Barnett who convinces in terms of both his compositional maturity and instrumental ability. We seem destined to be hearing a lot more from him. Ian Mann, The Jazz Man, February 21 2017
Throughout the writing displays an astonishing maturity and grasp of contemporary jazz forms…(Barnett’s) solos are chock full of exciting ideas beautifully executed – his solo on ‘London Meditations’ is really attention grabbing.
Eddie Myer, Jazz Views, 4 January 2018
LOVE SUPREME FESTIVAL 2017, The Bandstand:
LONDONJAZZ NEWS Review, 6.7.17:
Sam Barnett, a 16-year-old saxophonist, gave an impressive bebop-themed set
Radio Play and interviews:
Jazz Fm: Somethin’ Else, Jez Nelson: 5th November, 2017,
Review of Jazz in the Round gig 30.10.17
“A really young band and they played beautifully. What blew me away was the compositions of the saxophonist and leader of the group, Sam Barnett.”
Played London Meditation.
JazzFM: The Blueprint
Presenter: Chris Philips, 28 October 2017
Interview and 2 tracks played: Morning Shadowplay and London Meditation
JazzFM: The Blueprint
Presenter: Chris Philips, 25 February 2017
Review at 1:36:10
Morning Shadowplay at 1:20:19
Jazz Views, Eddie Myer, 4 January 2018 Full review HERE
Sam and cohort are representing the sound of the emerging London jazz scene; it’s a fun exercise to put the album on and listen all the way through before trying to guess the age of the players. If you can’t wait that long, we can reveal that the leader was just 16 at the time of recording, and even then he wasn’t the youngest player on the session. The level of playing matches the quality of the compositions, which are all by Sam, though ‘Maiden Flight’ has an acknowledged debt to Herbie Hancock as suggested by the title.
Fresh on the Net
Fresh Faves: Batch 230
Reviewed by: Bobby Colcombe, 1st March 2017
**** 4 star REVIEW
Full review with ‘Maiden Flight’ Soundcloud link HERE
Well, here’s a refreshing change… a hefty slice of jazz. Taking the lead in this piece on the sultry sax is Sam Barnett; a 16 (SIXTEEN!) year old wunderkind from London. Barnett is the proud owner of two EMI Music Sound Foundation Awards and attends The Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz. His style is much like that of John Coltrane – an extremely gifted performer, Barnett plays with a maturity that would befit a wise old jazz owl. Not just technically but with feeling too. This 8-minute-plus epic is never a dull affair beginning with a taunting opening of piano and drums. Barnett’s Sax and an attendant trumpet gather around with the double bass letting the listener settle. Over the course of the next couple of minutes Barnett is let loose, ever so gently at first, but the scales become wilder and the squeaks more frequent. After a brief solo modulation passage from Barnett, the band re-enter adding menace to the once calm mood. A smart percussive solo beats the menace away briefly, only to allow the rest of the band to return with one final taunting passage. As we return to the opening notes again, the Sam-train shuffles to a halt. Eight immersive minutes have come and gone.
The Jazz Mann
Reviewed by: Ian Mann, February 21 2017
‘Undoubtedly a name to watch… The “New York – London Suite” represents a hugely impressive début from Sam Barnett who convinces in terms of both his compositional maturity and instrumental ability…One suspects that in Barnett and his colleagues we are most definitely listening to some of the jazz stars of tomorrow.
EMI Music Sound Foundation Film
Find out more about the Foundation here. I have received 2 awards that have allowed me to develop my playing and composition. Amazing support: HERE
In this INTERVIEW with jazznewblood, Sam describes his approach to the debut album and some thoughts on jazz.
‘The dominant theme of this year’s Jazznights MayFest is the celebration of emerging talent. Sam Barnett is one of the finest saxophone players on the scene and he’s only 15! His technical prowess and stage presence is on a level that many seasoned performers are still striving for.
Sam and the the Young Turks, Zoe Pascal (drums) and Noah Stoneman (piano) with revered sax supremo Derek Nash (of Jools Holland fame) one of the ‘Old Tigers’.
Encore magazine, June/July 16, page 8. Review by Chris Hare
‘Sam Barnett is one of the finest saxophone players on the scene and he’s only 15! His technical prowess and stage presence is on a level that many seasoned performers are still striving for’
Dave Silk, Jazz nights
Trevor James Saxophones: Artists
Most of the nearly 50 events at 17 venues are free and the programme includes performances from local talent such as 13-year-old award-winning Jazz saxophonist Sam Barnett from Ladywell. (News Shopper, May 14)
The Mercury Newspaper, April 14 – GIGS set at Trafalgar Square
On winning GIGS Youth Category 2013
THE STANDARD OF THE FINALISTS WAS INCREDIBLY HIGH, MAKING IT A HERCULEAN TASK FOR THE JUDGES TO SELECT THE YOUNG WINNER. IT UNDERLINES THE AMAZING TALENT THERE IS IN LONDON AND I WISH BIG SUCCESS TO SAM AND EVERYONE THAT TOOK PART.
MAYOR OF LONDON
Here’s another News Shopper follow up printed comment the week after..
Hospital Records blog here
NYJO blog here
The Quay Point here
Ben Cisco’s World of Music: Music Under the Radar
Westfield Presents Artist here
Nigel Williams, Jazz Fm at Love Supreme Festival, July 2014, live interview (Sam aged 13) and played ‘BOOM’ co-produced with Peter-John Vettese: