“Sleeper Street” an album of new compositions by Mark Wingfield, combines the sensitivity and considered harmonies of ECM style jazz with the excitement and drive of rock and nu-jazz.
Mark Wingfield - guitar, composition, samples
Iain Ballamy - saxophones
Jeremy Stacey - drums
Robert Mitchell - piano, keyboards
Yaron Stavi - bass
From vibrant city life to the open landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors, Wingfield’s evocative new album traces a journey through the landscapes and places real and imagined. The result is an album of beautiful melodies, exhilarating solos and sophisticated harmonies, featuring a group of some of Britain's best players.
“When writing each song, I visited a place or places in my mind, cities I’ve lived in, have friends in or know well, London, Boston, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul,” said Wingfield. “And as many places that are completely imaginary. But each time, in the music I return to the landscapes of my home country Britain. The Yorkshire Moors, Devon, the Fenlands – they act as an anchor, a returning place throughout the album.”
The internationally acclaimed guitarist is one of the most original sounding and forward looking electric guitarists today. His improvising is compelling, continually inventive and melodically uplifting. Also known for his composing skills, Mark's compositions are are highly atmospheric and tell musical stories that are a unique listening experience. His guitar playing is steeped in the language of jazz, with influences such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek as well as rock players such as Jimi Hendrix.
"Celebrated British guitarist" Guitar Player Magazine
"Virtuoso" Guitar Player Magazine
"Wingfield’s forward-thinking exploration of smart, swinging, and highly melodic globally informed jazz." Barry Cleveland, Guitar Player Magazine
"Brit guitar hero" JazzTimes
"Mark Wingfield shifts from Eno-esque ambient soundscapes...to ripping rock-tinged abandon... to cinematic guitar-synth." "Dramatic... intriguing..." Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes
“Sleeper Street exemplifies his determination to take his instrument into previously-unknown territory” Anil Prasad, InnerViews
"Wingfield's guitar playing is mysterious, majestic, and blazing in turns" Guitar Player Magazine
"The six string winged, improvising shaman" Music That Matters
"Innovator" The Guardian
"Wingfield's musical eclecticism is well attested... very distinctive-sounding" JazzWise
"Unique and sophisticated...(one of) England's most accomplished players." Guitar Player Magazine
“Almost moved me to tears.” BBC
"Consistently brilliant and forward-thinking” Guitar Player Magazine
"Guitar virtuoso" "Uplifting" "Inspiration" Guitar Techniques Magazine
"Cinematic eloquence... command of electronic textures... and swooping-bird evocations" The Guardian
"Often soaring in the upper registers, Wingfield's guitar hovers above..." JazzWise
"Contemporary jazz doesn't get any better than this." Fretwired
"One of the UK’s best new composers" SPNM
"One of today’s most creative transatlantic musical voices" BMIC
ECM artist Iain Ballamy is an internationally renowned saxophonist and has played with Gil Evans, Bill Bruford, Arve Henriksen, Carla Bley, Django Bates, Ronnie Scott, Norma Winstone, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta....
One of the UK’s top session drummers has played with Jason Rebello, Tim Garland (w/Kenny Wheeler), Tommy Smith, Sheryl Crow, Eurhythmics, Joe Cocker, Robbie Williams, Malcolm McLaren, Amy Winehouse, Roachford, Beverly Knight, Omar, Tori Amos, Tina Turner...
Won best jazz album Glies Peterson Worldwide Awards, has played with Courtney Pine, Norma Winstone, Steve Coleman, is a Steinway Artist.
Has played with Gilad Atzmon Orient House Ensemble, Larry Coryell, Julian Siegel, John Ethridge, Pete Oxley, Nigel Kennedy, Robert Wyatt, Phil Manzanera, Dave Gilmour...