British alto saxophonist Sam Coombes is still relatively unknown in his own country. Now based in Edinburgh he spent several years in Paris having completed a degree in philosophy and French and fully immersed himself in the Parisian jazz scene. Coombes co-led an acoustic quartet with another UK expat, pianist Rob Chapman, recording two CDs, the second of which “Static Shock” (Elabeth, 2005) was well received on both sides of the Channel.
Coombes, now thirty five, returned to the UK in 2007 (where he took up a post as Lecturer in French at the University of Edinburgh) and recorded the music on “Outlines” in 2009. The bulk of the album was recorded in Paris and features his current “French” quartet of Damien Argentieri (piano), Mauro Gargano (double bass) and Antoine Banville (drums). Three of the eleven items feature his Edinburgh based quartet featuring pianist David Patrick, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Gordon.
As a member of David Patrick’s International Jazz Octet, Sam participated in a short residency at Lyth at the end of May 2014.