The Greg Foat Group
The Greg Foat Group

The Greg Foat Group

About The Greg Foat Group

The Greg Foat Group's exhilarating take on modern jazz brings together bold experimentation, adventurous instrumentation, and analog recording into a sound informed as much by soundtracks and library music as by modal and soul-jazz. Formed in 2009 and led by pianist/composer/arranger/DJ Foat, the GFG consisted of top sessionmen Rob Mach (saxophone), Trevor Walker (trumpet/flügelhorn), Tony Coote (drums), Jacob Ohvall (bass), Henric Strall (acoustic guitar), Phil Achille (double bass), and Marius Ptas (guitar).
The band's 2011 debut long-player Dark Is the Sun -- issued on the legendary Jazzman label -- was a concept album recorded in Sweden that recalled the vibrancy of the British modern jazz scene of the late '60s and early '70s. This was followed by the spacy, Moog-laden, Sci-Fi-themed Girl and Robot with Flowers in 2012, before a residency at the Playboy Club in Mayfair, London resulted in a thrilling live album released in 2014. In contrast, the following year the band recorded the more ambient and pastoral The Dancers at the Edge of Time in a chapel near Foat's hometown of Ventnor, Isle of Wight, UK. This recording featured a string quartet and woodwinds, with the church organ itself taking center stage in the proceedings. 2016's Cityscapes/Landscapes returned to the late-'60s Brit jazz/jazz-rock sound, with the former being written during Foat's stint as a DJ in Stockholm and the latter back in the rural Isle of Wight; the album represents a lucid musical journey between the two contrasting environments. ~ Matthew Garbutt

    London, England

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