Manchester act Mercury reshaping jazz with new album Sea Speak and UK tour
By: Quite Great
- Steve Mead, Director of Manchester Jazz Festival
"Mercury always engage. Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination"
- Gwilym Simcock
Acclaimed contemporary jazz act, Mercury, gear up for the release of their new album Sea Speak along with an exciting tour across the North of England.
Watch album teaser for Sea Speak here on Youtube:
Formed out of a bunch of music students from RNCN, Mercury performed their first gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival back in 2012. Here they were discovered by a group of organisers at the legendary Kings Place in London, who were so impressed by the group's sound that they invited them to play at King's Place itself, propelling the band into a new level of recognition.
Mercury has since gone on to be nominated for awards such as the Whittingham Jazz Award in 2013, their lead member Tom Thorp making it to the grand finals of the Taichung International Sax Competition. Developing their sound to incorporate elements of electronica, psychadelia, classical and indie, they have been slowly reshaping jazz for a 21st Century audience, and now have a brand new album in the pipeline titled Sea Speak.
Listeners wanting a taster of the band's upcoming album can listener to this demo version of title track 'Sea Spark', a progressive and smoky piece that builds and ebbs like the ocean itself.
Stream demo of title track 'Sea Speak' here:
On top of their new album, Mercury have a tour planned that will take them to venues such as Capstone Theatre in Liverpool and Band on the Wall in Manchester. A second half of the tour will also be taking place early next year.
9/9 - Birmingham Jazz, Birmingham
17/9 - Zeffirelis, Ambleside
4/10 - Band on the Wall, Manchester
26/10 – The Fringe, Bristol (CANCELLED)
25/11 - The Jazz Cafe, Newcastle
30/11 - Capstone Theatre, Liverpool.
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