Monday, September 19, 2016|7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Zhenya Strigalev's NEVER GROUP

feat Matt Penman, Matt Garrison and Eric Harland

NEVER GROUP is a new album and project by London based saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev, which presents original music from saxophonist Zhenya (played with Alex Sipiagin, Aaron Parks, Larry Grenadier, Matt Garrison, Chris "Daddy" Dave, Ambrose Akinmusire, "Foley" McCreary, etc).  "NEVER Group!" is a departure from Zhenya's last project, Smiling Organizm and "Robin Goodie", demonstrating musical sides that have never before been exposed in Zhenya's previous projects. Building a reputation on both sides of the North Atlantic for his adventurous and impassioned emphasis on improvisation, Never Group! is an experience that matches quirky abandon with resolute musicianship and technicality. Strigalev enjoys the challenge of shining a light on the undiscovered and describes the desired on-the-edge thrill that unfolded from the Never Group! sessions: “The whole point of what I do is that I need to surprise myself; I don’t want to record something which sounds exactly like this or like that, because that’s not interesting enough for me. Sometimes I can simply feel a tempo, a mood or an atmosphere, and I know this quartet will provide the opportunity to develop that."The line up for this concert is a new formation of Never Group which is going to be very special and includes top bassists Matt Penman and Matt Garrison as well as monster drummer Eric Harland. We can't describe what it is going to sound like, but expect the unexpectable including original swing/bepop, energizing grooves, free jazz and much more.

Here is video from Never Group's concert in Paris:
Here is video from Never Group Trio in Spain:
Here is everything about new album, Never Group:

Selected recent press cuts:
"always it's a surreal, impressive brew" - ★★★★ Jazzwise
"A typical Strigalev collision of hip jazz virtuosity and surrealism... Strigalev's alto displays bebop agility, shivery lyricism, or sometimes a bluesy Ornetteish swerve." ★★★★ The Guardian
"An addictive mix of colourful vignettes... Strigalev's group could well be the next big thing in jazz."
★★★★ All About Jazz
"A maverick at the heart of modern jazz." ★★★★​ The Telegraph

"Addictively and explosively of the most exciting contemporary composers."
Jazzenzo Magazine

“At the root of it all is Strigalev, whose compositions are so strong that they live up to the talents of the musical titans who join him on this CD. This could be the kind of jazz album that has something for everyone, not out of some sense of catering to the crowd, but because the mood it creates is so universally appealing.” 4.5 Stars, Downbeat Magazine. The best albums (Robin Goodie) of 2015.
“Alto saxist Zhenya Strigalev juices up retro-minded postbop with cutting-edge grooves and madcap intensity on his excellent latest, Robin Goodie.” TimeOut, New York critic's pick

Zhenya Strigalev

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Matt Penman


Originally from New Zealand, Matt Penman moved to the States in 1994 to attend Berklee College of Music, and to New York in 1995 where he maintains an ...

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Matt Garrison


 Saxophonist and composer Matt Garrison, a native New Yorker, has been on the NYC jazz scene since 1997.  After taking an interest in music at an early age, ...

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Eric Harland


Eric Du'sean Harland, composer and drummer, is a 32 year old native of Houston, Texas who currently resides on the east coast. Education He began his professional career ...

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