‘Mike Vass – In The Wake of Neil Gunn’ Nominated for SAY Award

The incredibly talented Mike Vass has been long-listed in the Scottish Album of the Year awards for ‘In The Wake of Neil Gunn’. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it and to watch Mike create a very unique album.

The album is the culmination of a year long project that started in hospital when Mike was recovering from illness. Reading Neil Gunn’s book ‘Off In A Boat’ he planned to recreate Gunn’s 1937 voyage around the West of Scotland which he successfully achieved in May 2014. Upon his return he set to work composing and recording the music that makes up this album.

So have a listen. You can stream it below or/then click the link to buy it. We’re playing the music more over the next few months including Colonsay this weekend so keep an my (or Mike’sgigs page to find out when and where.

The video above feature a track from the album with a particularly prominent bass part, Heave and Roll. This is my website after all…

Find out more here: http://www.inthewakeofneilgunn.com/
here: http://www.sayaward.com/
and stream/buy the album below

‘Too Much Love’ Out Now

Cover Hi-ResWe’re proud to finally release the second album on Whirlwind Recordings by Euan Burton: Too Much Love.

Buy it here:

Too Much Love is the eagerly awaited follow up release from the award winning Scottish double bassist, composer & producer Euan Burton, whose first WWR album Occurrences (May, 2012) was met with high international acclaim. On his new release Burton continues to grow as a musician and composer, blending composition and improvisation in his signature way while creating melodic and harmonic motives that develop thematically throughout the course of the album.
After the release of Occurrences, Burton looked to form a new group with musicians from his native Glasgow scene to develop a rapport and cohesion with his new material. After tours around the UK and Poland they returned to Scotland’s premier recording facility to record this new suite of music which makes up Too Much Love. Burton explains, “The title comes from the notion that so many of the things that go wrong, or the mistakes people make, come from a place of either people having misplaced love or having so much love that they don’t know how to deal with it and channel it properly. I guess it’s a rose-tinted way to look at certain darker and more upsetting aspects of life and this struck me as a good starting point for writing a new album, this idea of ‘Too Much Love‘.”

As always, his collaborators play a huge part in the music and although this may be a new quartet it features three of his long-time associates. On piano Tom Gibbs is Burton’s longest collaborator, their co-led group released 2010’s Forgotten Things featuring Ari Hoenig. Burton also produced and played on Gibbs’ 2012 WWR release Fear of Flying. Gibbs’ unique skills as a pianist and improviser feature heavily on Too Much Love.

Alyn Cosker (drums) is a powerhouse of the Scottish music scene and while he and Burton have never recorded together they have been performing in various projects since 2006. Cosker’s dynamic talents come with years of experience with jazz greats such as Tommy Smith, Lee Konitz, and Joe Locke to name but a few and his attention to detail on Burton’s music is one of the highlights of the record.

Alto saxophonist Adam Jackson may be a new name to many, but he and Burton have known each other since attending high school together. A former student at Birmingham Conservatoire he developed in the ranks of Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra. His tone and melodic development in his improvisations show a maturity beyond his years and this album provides a great platform to showcase this rising star of the Scottish scene.

Burton himself contributed all the highly emotive compositions, performs as bassist, produced, mixed and mastered the album, displaying an impressive palette of musical skills. As a bassist, his warm tones and poignant improvisations give nod to the Charlie Haden school while retaining his own voice throughout. He’s incredibly in demand as a sideman across many genres in his native Scotland and has appeared on dozens of albums to date, with performances with many modern jazz greats including Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hekselman, Will Vinson and Jonathan Kreisberg. Moreover, he’s played with folk legends Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham, pop group Texas and can be heard on the The Disney Pixar film Brave. With Too Much Love, we see the multifaceted Burton strengthening his reputation as of the UK’s premier bassist/bandleaders/composers.

News – Upcoming North American Tour

Greetings all, here’s a quick little news update for you all.

– North American Tour –

I’ll be on tour in the US and Canada over June and July with my Quartet featuring Tom Gibbs, Adam Jackson and Alyn Cosker. See the ‘Shows’ page for full details and dates. This is my first time playing in the US and Canada and we’re all really excited about it. I’m also looking forward to seeing some old friends along the way. I’ll performing with Ben Bryden’s Trio in New York on July 2nd and my good pal Fraser Campbell and his band Secret Architecture will be opening for us in NYC at Caffe Vivaldi (also July 2nd, 9pm). We’ll also have the great pleasure of having the incredible Ari Hoenig (who played with us on ‘Forgotten Things’) joining us on Drums for that date.


– New Album –

The new album ‘Too Much Love’ will be released in November on Whirlwind Recordings. It contains a new suite featuring Tom Gibbs, Adam Jackson and Alyn Cosker.


– Salt House –

Folk group Salt House who I have been performing with for just over a year now will be performing at a few festivals over the summer  and around the UK in October. To keep up to speed with all things Salt House check out http://www.salthousemusic.com

Euan Burton Quartet with special guest Walter Smith iii at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival

Walter Smith




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Euan will be appearing at Edinburgh International Jazz Festival this Friday the 26th July along with internationally acclaimed saxophonist Walter Smith iii. He’ll also be joined by frequent collaborators Tom Gibbs (Piano), Adam Jackson (Alto Saxophone) and James Maddren (Drums). This concert will present a reworking of the Occurrences suite to include Walter who as well as gaining international acclaim as a leader is also known for his work in the bands of Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott and Christian McBride.


Visit the festival site here for more information and to buy tickets.


Euan Burton Quartet with special guest, Walter Smith iii

Date: Friday 26 July
Time: 20:30
Venue: 3 Bristo Place
Price: £10




Hi folks and welcome to my new website. It’s great to finally have one that really functions as a home for everything I want to share with you all.

2012 has started busy getting ready to launch my new record in May. I really can’t wait to get it out to you all but I’ll have to be patient for just a few more months. Whirlwind Recordings have been really supportive and I’m glad I waited to find the right home for Occurrences.

In the meantime I have a couple gigs this month at Celtic Connections with the great Vocalist / Flautist / Composer Nuala Kennedy. In particular I’m looking forward to her ‘Astar’ project featuring the amazing Will Oldham (AKA Bonnie Prince Billy) along with a host of other great musicians. We’re starting rehearsals this week and I’m looking forward to getting behind the bass again.

Also this month I’m playing with guitarist Martin Taylor and accordionist Jack Elmbow at Fife Jazz Festival. Martin was one of the first jazz musicians I ever heard and it’s a real pleasure to get to play with him. I remember my Dad taking me to see him a couple times in my early teens and being completely blown alway by his solo guitar mastery. (I even used to practice transcriptions of arrangements back when I still had six stringed ambitions). Unfortunately I missed out on a chance to play with Martin a few years back due to a clash of dates so I’m happy another opportunity has arisen.

So that’s all for now. Hope you like the new site and feel free to leave comments below or even just say hello.

Thanks for dropping by!