NIMBUS SEXTET-TRAP DOOR.
Nimbus Sextet-Trap Door.
Label: Acid Jazz Records.
Format: Single from the album Unfulfilled Dreams released “23rd October 2020.
For the best part of six decades, Scotland has enjoyed a vibrant and eclectic music scene and has produced many successful artists and bands that have gone on to enjoy commercial success and critical acclaim.
This began in the sixties with Sunshine Soldier Donavon, John Martyn and Al Stewart and continued into the seventies with Average White Band, Maggie Bell, Nazareth and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band who were among Scotland’s most successful musical exports.
Then as the eighties dawned, it soon became apparent that this was the start of a golden era for Scottish music. A nation of five million people had managed to produce bands of the quality of Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, Cocteau Twins, Deacon Blue, Del Amitri, Jesus and Mary Chain, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions, Love and Money, Simple Minds and The Blue Nile. These groups blossomed and released classic Scottish albums during the eighties.
During the nineties, Scotland’s eclectic and vibrant music scene continued to go from strength-to-strength. Groups like Belle and Sebastian, BMX Bandits, Boards of Canada, Mogwai, Primal Scream, Teenage Fanclub, The Bathers, The Beta Band, The Pearlfishers and The Trashcan Sinatras all released critically acclaimed albums and their careers continued into the next millennia.
In the noughties, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas and The Delgados prospered while new bands included Admiral Fallow, Biffy Clyro, Errors and Frightened Rabbit who were hailed as: “the new big thing.” Scottish music continued to thrive.
Between 2010 and 2019 eclectic described Scotland’s music scene. King Creosote was making the best music of his career while the rise and rise of Mogwai and Biffy Clyro continued and Chvrches became one of the most successful of the new Scottish bands. Meanwhile, Calvin Harris the DJ, producer and remixer from Dumfries was now one of the biggest names in music. Scottish music continued to punch above its weight and was one of the country’s most successful musical exports in the post industrial age.
The future looked was looking bright for Scottish music as a new decade dawned. Little did anyone know a pandemic was around the corner and this would have a devastating effect on the music industry worldwide.
Before that, critics and cultural commentators were asked which bands they though would make a breakthrough in 2020 and what were one with a big future ahead of them? Some through the names of obscure indie bands, post rockers and hip hoppers into the ring. However, one band that had been making waves in Scotland and further afield is the Glasgow-based jazz combo Nimbus Sextet who are definitely one to watch in 2020 and beyond.
The roots of the Glaswegian-based contemporary jazz combo can be traced Edinburgh where pianist, keyboardist and bandleader Joe Nichols was studying at Edinburgh University. That was where he met his long-time collaborators drummer Alex Palmer and bassist Mischa Stevens. They’ve been performing together since then.
In 2018, Nimbus Sextet’s lineup was almost complete when saxophonist Martin Fell and trumpeter Euan Allardice joined the group. The final piece of the musical jigsaw was the addition of James Mackay. And now there were six.
Since then, Nimbus Sextet have been honing their sound and playing live in Scotland and further afield. However, one of the most important gigs of the band’s nascent career was supporting Gilles Peterson at Glasgow’s much-missed Sub Club. Watching the band play was Wayne A. Dickson of Groove Line Records who spotted their potential and during the gig was convinced the Acid Jazz Records would be interested in signing Nimbus Sextet. They were and Wayne A. Dickson, who has a wealth of music industry experience is now managing Nimbus Sextet.
With his help and encouragement and a lot of hard work on their own part Nimbus Sextet are going from strength-to-strength. They embarked upon a UK tour in February and March of 2020. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to see Nimbus Sextet live will agree that it’s an impressive sight and sound. The starting point for their music is jazz which heads in the direction of fusion and jazz-funk and also incorporates elements of funk neo-soul and world music. Live Nimbus Sextet take the audience on a musical adventure and are at their best when they improvise. It allows this talented and versatile group to showcase their considerable skills as the musical alchemists reinvent the material they’ve written over the last couple of years.
This includes the lead single from Nimbus Sextet’s forthcoming album Dreams Fulfilled which will be released by Acid Jazz Records on the ‘23rd’ of October 2020. During Trap Door Nimbus Sextet showcase their unique take on jazz. They fuse everything from funk and fusion to jazz-funk during this hook-laden and truly memorable and melodic single Trap Door.
It’s a tantalising taste of Nimbus Sextet’s much-anticipated debut album Dreams Fulfilled which will be released in just three weeks time. This will be the start is a new chapter for this talented and versatile group who have a big future ahead of them. Nimbus Sextet is one of the rising stars of Scotland’s vibrant and eclectic music scene and look like becoming one of the success stories of the forthcoming decade and if they continue to record music of the quality of Trapdoor they could become of Scottish music’s most successful exports.
Nimbus Sextet-Trap Door.