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Challenger Deep

by Dave Manington's Riff Raff

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    Challenger Deep » is Dave Manington’s 3rd album as leader and his most ambitious to date. Riff Raff is an innovative group featuring some of the UKs finest artists working in contemporary jazz - Brigitte Beraha (Kenny Wheeler, London Jazz Orch.), Ivo Neame (Phronesis, Marius Neset), Tomas Challenger (Foufolah/Red Snapper), Rob Updegraff (Alani, Beth Rowley/Zigaboo Modeliste) and Tim Giles (Iain Ballamy/Art Farmer). The music is sophisticated and full of virtuoso playing, sometimes freely improvised with an exciting element of risk, but the song forms, melodic nature and the empathy and great ensemble playing of the group make it highly accessible. “It also grooves like hell, with some thick mercurial riffs – full of stops, starts, and turns yet rocking in the grip of a savage momentum.” JAZZWISE.
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Dr. Octopus 08:09
The Iliad 07:04
Free Spirit 06:57
Dangerpig 05:47
Thagomizer 09:13
Willow Tree 08:05


"Riff Raff mix the leader's clever composing with a formidable lineup, …and the soundscape embraces a 21st century sax-led cool school sound, raw guitar-fusion, diffident Wayne Shorteresque lyricism, and vocals that showcase Beraha's eloquent lyrics and inventiveness as a wordless improviser." The Guardian
"Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener." jazzmann.com


released May 4, 2018

Brigitte Beraha – Vocals
Tomas Challenger – Tenor Saxophone
Ivo Neame – Fender Rhodes, Mellotron, Hammond Organ.
Rob Updegraff – Guitar
Dave Manington – Double Bass
Tim Giles – Drums, Percussion

All compositions by Dave Manington.
Lyrics on tracks 4, 6, 8 and 9 by Brigitte Beraha.

All Tracks MCPS/PRS Copyright Dave Manington 2018
Recorded by Ben Lamdin @ Antonio's March 2017
Mixed by Alex Bonney
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technologyworks
Album Artwork and cover design by Max Franosch
Riff Raff are part of the Loop Collective


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Dave Manington London, UK

Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene, a founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with the likes of Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Pete Wareham, Gwilym Simcock, Natacha Atlas and Yazz Ahmed. He's also in demand for a broad range of different ensembles, playing with musicians from everywhere from S. America to the Balkans. ... more

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