a tree grows
a tree grows

a tree grows

A Tree Grows – Wau Wau Water

(Rufftone Records)

Out 4th November 2016

In advance of announcing their debut album through Rufftone Records, Brooklyn-based A Tree Grows release ‘Wau Wau Water‘, the first single from their self-titled debut EP. Involving some of the most talented musicians on the New York scene, they create a unique stew with jazz at its core, blended with afrobeat, rock and experimental sounds.

Featuring Emanuel Ruffler on keyboards, Tivon Pennicott on saxophone, Rashaan Carter on bass, Russell Carter on drums and Duane Eubanks on trumpet, A Tree Grows are a group of players that have links to Miles Davis and Gregory Porter and are beating the path for free jazz experimentalism through their talents as collaborators and innovators.


Wau Wau Water starts with a gentle drum beat and a tinkle from the xylophone that builds up and up to an audaciously funky jazzy sound with gorgeous trumpet and a killer bass coming together. The blessed out jazz is very reminiscent of Miles Davis, yet it also feels like it has more modern ‘No wave’ funky influences from ‘Liquid Liquid’, ‘James Chance’ and the Bill Laswell led ‘Material’.

This track rises and crashes. It ebbs and it flows in the most majestic way that good jazz just does. It feels old, yet fresh at the same time. This is definitely in my top ten tracks of this year. Just beautiful.

A Tree Grows can be found on their website, Facebook and they tweet as @atreegrowsband.

All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.

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