Wild Life

Hannes Riepler

Hannes Riepler – Guitar, Chris Cheek – Saxophone, Oli Hayhurst – Double Bass, James Maddren – Drums Since arriving in London in 2006 Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler has become an integral part of the London jazz scene. Passionate about forging new musical friendships and creating performing opportunities he established the Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night held […]

Wild Life

Hannes Riepler – Guitar, Chris Cheek – Saxophone, Oli Hayhurst – Double Bass, James Maddren – Drums

Since arriving in London in 2006 Austrian-born guitarist Hannes Riepler has become an integral part of the London jazz scene. Passionate about forging new musical friendships and creating performing opportunities he established the Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night held every Sunday at the renowned Vortex Jazz Club. This weekly gig has attracted international attention not only for the incredibly high standard of music making but also as the place to “hang” for jazz musicians not just from London but any jazz musician passing through the capitol.

One of these nights featured a set including New York saxophonist Chris Cheek and London based drummer James Maddren with bassist Oli Hayhust sitting-in. The energy and chemistry between the four musicians was so natural it led to a European tour and recording in 2015.

This is Riepler’s second album on Jellymould as a leader. His first, The Brave, received widespread critical acclaim as “smart and often surprising contemporary jazz” (John Fordham, The Guardian) and “attractive, intelligent jazz” (Chris Parker, London Jazz).

Reviews / Quotes

“The writing and playing on “Wild Life” are first rate with Riepler’s consistently melodic but inventive compositions managing to avoid all the usual jazz or rock guitar clichés.” (Ian Mann, The Jazzmann) 4*s Read the full review

“if music is indeed the food of love, I’ll dine out on this for a long time.” (Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here) Read the full review

“Wild Life is not an album that grabs the listener by the collar first time around. It takes its time, gaining attention over repeated plays as the tunes insinuate themselves into the consciousness—and it’s all the better for it.” (Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz) 4*s Read the full review

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