Tori Freestone – tenor saxophone, flute, violin
Dave Manington – double bass
Tim Giles – drums
Tori formed the trio with Dave Manington (bass) and Tim Giles (drums) in mind as they’d played together since college days and always had a strong rapport and connection. She’d been taking inspiration from the great chordless trios of the past and present but after performing at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2010 with Neil Yates’s ‘Surroundings’ project, she was inspired to go back to her folk roots (she’d played in folk clubs on violin/flutes/whistles and vocals since the age of 7) and soon after composed the material for her debut album ‘In the Chophouse’ fusing all these influences into a cohesive sound to wide critical acclaim. Since then, her second album and now upcoming release has been written in her second home of Tenerife where she has family. Still inspired by folk roots, the albums feature a sea shanty or traditional (often performed on violin/vocals at concerts), and the new material will also feature Latin influenced tracks inspired by her background and the surroundings of the Canary Islands infused with the creative use of the jazz language and the robust tenor work she is so well known for. These diverse influences help the listener to enjoy and access the music without it feeling overly intellectual and to get a buzz from the high level of interaction the trio have developed over the years. The feedback and response from audiences and promoters alike on the many tours of the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain and Italy has reflected the buzz that’s being created around this exciting and dynamic trio.
On her third studio album, El Mar de Nubes (‘sea of clouds’), the Guardian‘s Jazz Album of the Month in June 2019, Tori expresses her great love of the Canary Islands, spellbinding the listener with highly atmospheric, virtuoso arrangements and lively dynamics, proving once again her unstoppably strong artistic evolution.
Freestone has caused a stir far beyond the UK..an impressive original and formidable trio – Leibnitz Jazz Festival, Austria
She’s got a real burn to her playing ..with weaving lines and constant listening, supporting and interacting from the bass and drums…my ears never get tired. – Ingrid Jensen ‘Artist Choice’ Jazz Times, USA – top 10 UK artists
Freestone has clearly listened widely, but her musicality and broad experiences have stirred all that input into an imposingly original sound. John Fordham, The Guardian
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