As a leader
Taking Flight is the debut album from my band Fervour. It features original music of mine, drawing on influences from across the jazz tradition, alongside the earthy grooves of blues, rock and more. A grant from Arts Council England allowed us to record it at the renowned Real World Studios, and it will be released on 5th April 2018, coinciding with a launch tour of top English jazz venues. Check out a preview track above.
Burns is my debut big band album, released on 11th August 2015. It features compositions of mine inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns, and is performed by the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra (which I founded whilst living in Birmingham). The music aims to capture the warmth, drama and humanity present in Burns’ work, connecting with listeners as the poems do – through compelling narrative and exciting twists and turns.
The album is available for purchase in both physical and digital forms via Bandcamp (click on the player above) or through Itunes, Amazon and Spotify. Scores can be bought here.
Herald Scotland - ”Burns is an undertaking of astonishing maturity” (full review here)
The Jazz Breakfast - “There are so many things to like here including that energy and good humour, that ebullience, that is the hallmark of the young Birmingham jazz scene; the way Sean has encouraged stretching performances not only from his fellow BC recent grads but also from more seasoned players like Lluis Mather; and the terrific music that Sean has written which changes within each piece to give bespoke settings for each solo and considerable satisfaction to all the section players.” (full review here)
All About Jazz - “Burns is a worthy celebration of Burns’ work and a superb debut for Gibbs and the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra” (full review here)
London Jazz News - “All killer, no filler, packed with vibrancy and passion, and bursting with slick soloists and a superbly well-drilled team of players” (full review here)
Jazzwise - “A very welcome debut for both orchestra and their arranger of choice, the writing multi-layered and richly textured” (full review not available online, can be found in October 2015 edition of Jazzwise)
As a sideman
Little Things is the debut album by rock induced brass band Young Pilgrims, released on Stoney Lane records. It features music about imaginary French detective shows, loved ones, drinking establishments and all the little things that get in the way.
The Jazz Breakfast - “Musical Red Bull” (full review here)
Butterflies & Dragons is the debut EP from Trope, featuring myself with Young Pilgrims as special guests on track 3, Let Go. Jumping between soul, jazz & funk, the album is a melting pot of influences reaching as far wide as rock, hip-hop and classical music.
1ncuration - “TROPE’S debut release, Butterflies & Dragons, brought me out of my academic cultural hibernation. This is a hybrid, an inescapable moment of clarity in the art of soundscaping”
Live At The Spotted Dog is an eclectic collection of live recordings and new music from five dynamic bands, all recorded at the legendary Spotted Dog in Birmingham. It features a track from my band Fervour, alongside a host of big names.
London Jazz News - ”A fascinating and tantalising glimpse into the second city’s thriving jazz scene … a real treasure trove of musical collaboration.” (full review here)
The Jazz Mann - “Diverse but richly rewarding portrait of the Birmingham jazz scene” (full review here)