Collocutor is a ground-breaking modal jazz ensemble formed and led by saxophonist/composer Tamar Osborn (aka Tamar Collocutor). Drawing on wide-ranging influences from electric-era Miles Davis to minimalism via Indian classical music and the Ethiopique sound, Collocutor’s approach reflects the meaning of their name: ‘a person taking part in a conversation’.

Over the course of three albums and an EP, the unique sound of the quintet (formerly septet) has matured into something exploratory, deep and compelling.

Collocutor are:


Tamar Osborn – baritone sax, flute

Mike Lesirge/Josephine Davies – tenor & soprano sax

Suman Joshi – bass

Marco Piccioni – guitar

Maurizio Ravalico – percussion

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

Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music

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

Mulatu Astatke

“one of the most dynamic jazz groups to emerge out of London”

TJ Gorton (Beat Caffeine)

“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

“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

“sublime work” 

Sounds of the Universe

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