1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St , Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 3HE
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The Antidote are an exciting young contemporary jazz quintet, featuring leading lights of the UK scene. Brainchild of bassist Matt Ridley, the music is firmly rooted within the contemporary jazz discipline, and also emanates both rock overtones and classical influences, evolved from decades of genuine passion for music. Matt inhabits his own space within the creative diaspora, being able to navigate a broad spectrum of inspirations and transform them into a vibrant and exciting sound. With an insistence on detailed, expressive and thought-through compositions, Ridley allows time and space for both himself and his band members to express and showcase both their individual and collective talents thorough dynamic improvisation. The synergy between the group and a mutual understanding of each players' specific nuances are more than apparent, while still allowing enough freedom for independent flair to shine though. Combining this with the more melodic and compositional aspects of the music makes for a truly engaging experience. Rather than a 'leader + sidemen' attitude, Ridley has cultivated a genuine 'band' sound.
Line Up: Matt Ridley - bass, Ant Law - guitar, Alex Hitchcock - sax, Tom Hewson - piano & Marc Michel - drums