May 5th, 2018
As the release date of Chip Wickham’s second album “Shamal Wind” draws closer, the UK flutist and sax player is dropping album track “Snake Eyes” on May 4th via digital download to whet apetites for the upcoming full-length, Where predecessor “Barrio 71” was an Art Blakey-style, percussive outburst of energy in 6/8, “Snake Eyes”, though still highly danceable, is a more laid back affair, tapping into the meditative exaltations of modal jazz, with Wickham’s intoxicating transverse flute taking the lead. “Snake Eyes” is the second advance track from “Shamal Wind”, which is slated for release on May 25th. First single “Barrio 71” received praise and support from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Laurent Garnier, Craig Charles, Gideon Coe, Toshio Matsuura and Dom Servini. Chip Wickham was an early lynchpin of the jazz scene in Manchester in the ’90s playing and collaborating with Matthew Halsall and the likes of Nightmares On Wax, Badly Drawn Boy, and Grand Central Records. Despite Chip‘s international meanderings, the Manchester connection still burns strong, and Matthew Halsall guests on album track “The Mirage”. In 2017 Chip toured with both Matthew Halsall and Dwight Trible, and his previous credits include Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, The New Mastersounds, The Pharcyde, and Roy Ayers.