In a packed room that was empty half an hour before, there was now no space at all. Every movement had to be calculated but the atmosphere was great. I was asked to photograph Cloudmakers Five gig in Frome where top drummer Dave Smith was playing to a home crowd. So as the cold winter greyness descended into afternoon darkness a beautiful sound was coming from the upstairs at Sam’s Kitchen, Frome .
Ably described by Sussex Jazz Magazine ; ‘Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Five, originally a trio but extended with saxophone and guitar, have so far released four albums to critical acclaim, mostly due to Jim Hart’s artful compositions and an enviable chemistry between the musicians in the band, all of whom are accomplished in their own right.’ They put on quite a show!
I photographed the gig as part of their recent UK tour. Each of the players masters in their own fields but worked effortlessly together. I captured lots of images of the gig but what I was really there for was to record the band together, after the gig.