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Wednesday 31 October 2018


Saxophonist Josephine Davies of Satori

Josephine Davies is a saxophonist and composer at the forefront of the contemporary British jazz scene. ​Satori, Josephine’s main solo project, released their eponymous debut last year on Whirlwind Recordings to widespread international acclaim, and are releasing their second in November 2018.

An improvisatory trio project reflecting the definition of its Buddhist title Satori – a moment of enlightening presence and inner spaciousness away from the clutter of thought – finds British saxophonist and composer Josephine Davies collaborating with sidemen Dave Whitford (double bass) and Paul Clarvis (drums) in an immersive album of chordless originals.

Josephine Davies’ varied artistic journey includes classical saxophone quartets and line-ups, as well as key involvement in more expansive ensembles such as the Pete Hurt Orchestra and as resident tenorist and composer with the London Jazz Orchestra. But returning to a sound world invoked by the immediate solo-horn character of John Coltrane and founded on an absorbing live debut performance at London’s Iklectik creative space, this partnership focuses primarily on intuitive, extended, three-way responses to Davies’ intentionally minimal writing, based around key centers, rather than prescriptive harmonic sequences.

“Full of ideas, vision, and joyful improvisation​… ​A delightful journey of adventure and discovery​… A recording to experience again and again.” ★★★★​ ​UK Vibe

​”A truly gifted and imaginative saxophonist, Davies undoubtedly possesses the art of the improviser and has produced an album of exuberant lyricism and consistently engaging tunes.” All About Jazz

“Davies plays fluently throughout, as do her accomplished associates… This new CD is a winner.” Bebop Spoken Here

“A strong statement from Josephine Davies as she takes on the challenge of the saxophone trio format and succeeds brilliantly.” ★★★★ The Jazz Mann

“Consistently inventive and witty… Testament to Davies’ lyrical flow and to her collaborators ability to go with it.” Jazzwise Magazine