As part of a UK-wide tour, we welcome back Dave Manington’s Riff Raff who last played here in 2018. Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London contemporary music scene. He has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe and with various ensembles from South America to the Balkans. In 2005 he co-founded the Loop Collective to pool creative resources with other like-minded musicians and is a founder member of the highly acclaimed Yazz Ahmed Quartet and Tori Freestone’s Solstice. In 2022 he was nominated for an Ivor Novello award for best jazz composition.
“[the music] grooves like hell with some thick mercurial riffs, full of stops, starts and turns yet rocking in the grip of a savage momentum.”
Dave Manington’s Riff Raff is his main ongoing project. This London-based super group is a dynamic ensemble of amongst the most creative musicians working in contemporary jazz, featuring: softly surefooted vocalist Brigitte Beraha, award-winning pianist Ivo Neame, the articulate Tomas Challenger on tenor, John Scofield-like guitarist Rob Updegraff and cutting-edge drummer Tim Giles. Their music is intimate and creative, with a delicate interplay forged from many years performing together. Compositionally, the music draws on a wide range of styles with traditional folk, electronica and contemporary classical influences added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and syncopated rhythms to create a soundscape that is quirky but engaging, individualistic, distinctly contemporary but always accessible. Several of their compositions feature lyrics from Brigitte, while in others she sings wordless vocals, often harmonizing with the sax line to great effect.
“Riff Raff mix the leader’s clever composing with a formidable lineup,…the soundscape embraces a 21st century sax-led cool school sound, raw guitar-fusion, diffident Wayne Shorteresque lyricism, and vocals that showcase Beraha’s eloquent lyrics and inventiveness as a wordless improviser.”
Listen to music from their critically acclaimed 3rd album ‘Deep Challenger’: