new CD (2024), also via bandcamp: Permaculture EP

(pronounced tan · jen · shul) is a lovely jazz trio playing a mix of material, from old and new jazz standards to originals written by Chris or me to quirky arrangements of the odd pop song, and some great grooves. Features Chris Dowding on trumpets/loops, Jake Lay on drums, me on double bass/fx. After a recent gig a new fan said Tangential play

jazz for people who like jazz, and for people who don’t like jazz. 


Because there’s no chord instrument as well as a big melodic gap between the high trumpet and the low bass, there’s lots of space to explore in the middle in the music with the loops, or bass vibrato or arco, or interesting drum patterns.

We aim for a balance of accessible contemporary jazz with a light touch of experimentalism, but, you, know, we have a few old school New Orleans two-beat stomps with old school mute trumpet as well. People really do like the sonic aesthetic of Tangential. I’ve introduced arco with a wah-wah pedal on one or two numbers recently; there is literally no end to our experimentation.

We’ve been playing regularly at the one of Norwich’s finest pubs The Rosebery for the past couple years, as well as doing some terrifically interesting other shows: St Andrew’s Hall crypt for a wedding celebration, on a pontoon in the middle of the Norfolk Broads one summer night, an afternoon at the famous Old Vicarage Gardens in north Norfolk….

Find out more about Tangential on our website

Tangential trio