James Kitchman First Quartet

A group led by guitarist James Kitchman featuring a cast of London’s finest improvisers: pianist Bruno Heinen (Denys Baptiste); bassist Tom McCredie (Elliot Galvin); and drummer Shane Forbes (Empirical). They play James’ compositions which draw influence from the variety of musical worlds he traverses; from jazz, to chamber music, to contemporary folk. Improvisation and empathic listening is at the core of the group’s spirit; conjuring a sound that is at once stark and refreshing. A new recording entitled ‘First Quartet’ will be available in early 2022, on the Ubuntu Music label.

Photo 1 by Tom Sankey. Photos 2 & 3 by Irini Folerou