Dan Smith alto sax
Pete Komor bass
Jon Reynolds drums
This trio of RWCMD alumni return to where it all began with their modern take on standard rep as well as inspired original compositions. Formed in 2013 through a mutual passion for linear music and standards playing, the trio explores music from Lee Konitz, Thelonius Monk, Brad Mehldau and Ben Wendel. The lack of harmony instrument and quest for melody from each member of the trio set an exciting foundation for improvisation.
Alto saxophonist Dan Smith fronts the trio. The Yamaha Jazz Scholar has written tunes reflecting his time spent living in Wales and embarking on his career since moving to London. Influenced by musicians such as American saxophonist Dick Oatts and Welsh piano master Huw Warren, the compositions demonstrate how versatile a sax/bass/drums trio can be through varying timbres and having an emphasis on melodic counterpoint. Pete Komor and Jon Reynolds have been crafting their bass and drums hook-up for 8 years. Regularly playing and practising together during their time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Jon is now performing at the top level on the Welsh jazz scene. Having intensely studied Elvin Jones and Max Roach, Reynolds brings an infectious and fearless conversational approach to the trio. Pete Komor on bass has recently moved to London and his wide range of influences stem from Ray Brown to Django Bates. These influences combines with an in-depth study of Cuban music is present in Komor’s ability to have total control and freedom within a meter. This exciting mix of influences from all members of the trio and well established playing relationship create an interactive and conversational sound.