Vels Trio are a three-piece outfit, currently based in London. Originally from Brighton, the band comprises of Cameron Dawson on bass, Dougal Taylor on drums and Jack Stephenson-Oliver on keys.
The Trio’s sound represents an amalgamation of different influences, with the extraterrestrial, electrified leanings of prog and jazz-funk anchored by a commitment to a deep back beat. The result: a hip-hop infused reinterpretation of jazz for contemporary audiences that sits next to the L.A. sounds of Robert Glasper, Thundercat and BadBadNotGood.
We first saw Vels Trio do their thing supporting Moses Boyd at his Church of Sound performance of the Art Blakey songbook. The intimate church setting, with the audience sitting around the band as they jammed in the middle, really lent itself to the improvised nature of their music. Stephenson-Oliver’s occasional licks were met with cheers and applause, as they added that extra bit of attitude to the tight drums and slick bass of Taylor and Dawson. You can hear the full performance via NTS.
The Trio are well worth catching live, if you get the chance. But for a little taster of their sound, check out the infectious 'Yellow Ochre'.
They are without doubt a fantastic addition to the current crop of cats redefining jazz music for a new generation in this ever-expanding UK scene.