Christopher Skepper-trumpet; Chris Pappas-tenor sax; Nashua Lee-guitar; John O'Hagan-dbass; Chris Lewis-drums.
SHOL is a quintet from Melbourne that has been performing and recording since 2012. They are a contemporary jazz ensemble whose original compositions cover hard bop, free jazz, world and soul music. They have developed a personal and unique ensemble sound and are all composers in their own right.
All the members of SHOL have paid their musical dues over a period of many years performing, composing and collaborating with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians. Now these musicians have come together forming a solid and highly experienced unit writing original compositions for their musical inspirations, paying homage to Coltrane, Coleman, Davis, Monk, Mingus, Taylor, Blakey etc. The music takes you on a journey exploring melodic themes, moods and rhythmic textures, building on compositions demanding freedom in improvisation.
“Shol prove themselves to be fearless, and rightly so. As improvisers
they are inventive, soulful and adventurous. Their interaction is
exemplary, similar to supergroups as the Cookers, to mention yet
another band that looks to the spirit of post-bop for inspiration. By
creating this delightful labor of love and devotion, Shol can affirm
that it definitely pays to follow the straight and narrow path.”
Nikos Fotakis, AustralianJazz.net, January 2015
“Shol have certainly developed a most engaging sound and their original pieces reflect a commitment to thoughtful, intelligent composition.”
Jack Beamish-Jazz Spectrum Oct’14