A different kind of jazz fusion with Submotion’s soundscapes

Described as “chill-out acid jazz meets dubstep and reggae” the highly acclaimed Submotion Orchestra visit HX7 Jazz Club on Thursday, April 26.

The club has built a reputation over the past couple of years for exploring the many different facets of jazz-fusion, and Submotion Orchestra’s particular blend certainly marks yet another new departure.

Formed in Leeds in 2009, they have rapidly built up a reputation as one of the most interesting and original projects emerging from the UK today. Drawing upon dubstep, soul and ambient electronica as well as jazz, their unique music is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted.

Earth-shaking bass and drums combine with lush keyboard and trumpet textures to create the perfect bed for the fragile beauty of the vocals, and the celestial effects of sound designer Dom ‘Ruckspin’ Howard.

The Submotions feature the mesmerising vocals of Huddersfield-born Ruby Wood and impart great energy to the compositions of keyboardist Taz Modi.  His tunes - mostly taken from the band’s debut album, Finest Hour, are melodic but plangent with Simon ‘Bobby’ Beddoe’s lyrical flugelhorn playing offering a beguiling counterpoint to Woods’ soulful vocals and the rhythm section of bassist Chris Hargreaves, percussionist Danny Templeman, and drummer Tommy Evans.

“I’m sure many people will remember Ruby Wood for her many superb gigs at the Trades Club and throughout Calderdale”, said HX7 organiser Dave Nelson. “I’m really looking forward to seeing her perform with a major-league outfit like Submotion Orchestra, and think we’re probably all quite privileged to be able to go and see them on our doorstep!”

HX7 Jazz is at the Trades Club in Holme Street, Hebden Bridge. Doors open at 7.30pm with live music starting at 8pm, and the headline band starting at 8.30pm. Ring 01422 845265 to book advance tickets which are £12 and £9 for concessions and members.