Nominated for a Parliamentary Award for services to jazz this Autumn, Henry Lowther has one of the most incredible musical C.Vs today. In the sixties Henry worked on the rock scene with Manfred Mann and John Mayall, and also with Keef Hartley, with whom he appeared at the famous and legendary Woodstock festival in 1969. Over the last 50 years Henry’s work on the British jazz scene reads like a “Who’s Who”. He has played regularly with, amongst many others, Gordon Beck, Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Mike Gibbs, Pete King, Loose Tubes, John Surman, John Taylor, Stan Tracey and Kenny Wheeler.
Still Waters was born out a long association and friendship going back 40 years between Lowther and Britain's premiere bassist Dave Green. Although a classic quintet of two front line and rhythm, Still Waters plays radical and original music, ranging from gentle, quietly pastoral and melodic music, reflecting the band’s name, through to dynamic, free improvisation.
Dave Green has a way of finding the right thing to do at exactly the right time. Whatever else goes on around him he always keeps it right there, allowing everybody else maximum freedom.
Paul Clarvis is the most idiosyncratic, original and creative drummer in British jazz who, together with pianist Barry Green's ability to move from straight ahead playing to wayward free improvisation, makes the rhythm section an absolute joy.
Joining Lowther on the front line is Pete Hurt, who is not only a wonderful and inventive saxophone player but also an all-round accomplished master musician and one of Britain’s very greatest composers of music for big band.