“Really good collective…Ethiopique, little bit spiritual jazz and banging”

Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music

Collocutor is the brainchild of saxophonist Tamar Osborn. Now a 5-piece ensemble, the project grew from her wish to simply write the music that wanted to be written, rather than focus on a particular audience or context. As such the compositions draw inspiration from the many genres encountered over the course of a varied career, ranging from jazz, afrobeat, Indian classical and Ethiopian roots to polyphonic choral music and minimalism – the link being primarily modal music with a transportive effect.

Collocutor are:


Tamar Osborn – baritone & soprano sax, flute

Mike Lesirge (The Search; Black Satin)/Josephine Davies (Instead) – tenor sax & soprano sax

Suman Joshi – bass

Marco Piccioni – guitar

Maurizio Ravalico – percussion

Additional personnel:

Simon Finch – trumpet & flugelhorn (Instead, The Search, Black Satin)

Magnus Mehta – percussion (The Search, Black Satin)

Afla Sackey – percussion (Instead)

“Their organic, rhythmically innovative blend of modal and spiritual jazz is definitely attuned to this moment in time and Tamar’s compositions clearly initiate a conversation between those onstage and those in the audience.”

Paul Bradshaw, ancienttofuture.com

“I like Collocutor a lot. They have the feeling!”

Mulatu Astatke

“a staggeringly authentic vintage brass arrangement in the style of Gil Evans…the kind of playing and arranging chops it’s impossible to fake”

Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music

“Pure grace, class and spirit in every note.”

Jeremy Sole, KCRW Los Angeles

“Collocutor know how to blow you away on their whole new vibe, and you won’t want to come back …”

Max Reinhardt, Late Junction BBC Radio 3

“mesmerising and elevating”

Jane Cornwell, London Evening Standard


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