Discography

Most are available to buy/hear from my shop or by clicking on the titles.  Any questions then just ask.

2018

‘Article XI’ – CD Efpi Records My suite written for and with my 11-piece band of the same name. Commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2014. “this high-level music’s human warmth can almost be touched” said Nick Hasted in Jazzwise, more quotes on the press page.

‘A Yearning’ – Bennett, Hunter, Blezard – Download Odd7 Trio with myself (guitar), Seth Bennett (double bass) and Shaun Blezard (Electronics). All improvised, recorded at mine and mixed by Shaun. Bit ambient, bit post-rock, all good.

‘A Glorious Monster’ – Sloth Racket – CD Luminous Third studio album from Cath Roberts’ quintet, and I reckon it’s our best yet. Some darker themes, the usually heavy improvisations, and a giant eye on the cover.

‘time’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band – Streaming single Efpi Records Finlay Panter’s composition, arranged by Ben Cottrell, and has loads of guitars stacked up in there.

‘ten’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band – CD + DVD Efpi Records Inventively named tenth anniversary live album. I reckon it’s the best we’ve ever sounded (save perhaps from that one gig in Amsterdam…), has a range of tracks from the very first tune we ever played up to brand new tracks not on any studio release.

2017

‘Namazu’ – Ripsaw Catfish – CD Raw Tonk Records All improvised. All live. The second Catfish album, again on Colin Webster’s Raw Tonk label. “Things get weird almost immediately” said this review.

‘Money Chops’ – Gift Aid Stickers – Download Knunk Duo with drummer Mike Walsh. All improvised, bit doomy, bit psych-ish, lots of fun to play. We did a gig in a pot bank in Stoke.

‘Shapeshifters’ – Sloth Racket – CD Luminous Second album from Cath’s quintet, and one of three releases we put out in a hyper-productive 2017…

‘See The Looks On The Faces’ – Sloth Racket – Tape/DL Tombed Visions …this was the second, a live album recorded by me on tour in summer 2017 and released on Manchester’s finest cassette label in November. Just a couple of weeks before…

‘Favourite Animals’ – Favourite Animals – CD Luminous …this is the expanded ten-piece version of Sloth Racket. A similar compositional approach from Cath, with semi-graphic scores, this time commissioned by the Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2016 and this release was successfully crowdfunded the following year. Which was a huge relief, because I loved the music and we were dead chuffed to get to play it again on tour with Article XI in 2017.

2016

‘Triptych’ – Sloth Racket – CD Luminous Sloth Racket is Cath Roberts’ quintet, formed for a gig in Gateshead and never looked back. This reminds me of the fun we used to have playing in Haq. Some big riffs, some great angular melodies and a load of improvising with some incredible musicians.

‘The Spirit Farm’ – The Spirit Farm – CD Slam A totally improvised album, recorded in 2014 when Adam Fairhall convened a bunch of my favourite musicians for an improv summit. This record is our first meeting, and there have been more since. Christophe de Bezenac, Adam Fairhall, Johnny Hunter, Dave Kane, Corey Mwamba and me. Well chuffed I am.

2015

‘All In’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band – CD Efpi Records The difficult second album following 2012′s Big Ideas. A step up in intensity and intent from Ben, some really strong writing, and some really difficult fast bits for me to play.

2014

‘For The Benefit Of The Tape’ – Ripsaw Catfish – CD Raw Tonk Records The first outing for this duo with Cath Roberts on baritone. Loads of improvising with some occasional riffs/melodies/textures written by Cath. This came at the end of a year of working together mostly behind closed doors and really shaped the sound and future of the duo.

‘The Hunt Is On’ – Beck Hunters – CD Discus Records Puntastic trio with Mick Beck on Johnny Hunter, all recorded by my own fair hands too. “The guitar sharpens from soft pedal swells to tightly twanging pings… it sounds like a miniature Art Ensemble at play.” Daniel Spicer, The Wire.

2013

‘Anton Hunter Trio’ – Anton Hunter Trio – CD + Download. Debut trio release, all my own compositions.

‘Duets #1 – Hunted By Weather’ – first in a sporadic series of improvised duets, this time featuring fantastic Norwegian saxophonist Inge Weatherhead-Breistein.

2012

‘Skamel’ – Skamel – CD + Download. Debut album from our jazz-dub-reggae-vibe.

‘Big Ideas’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band - CD + Download (Efpi Records) First full-length release from the band.

2011

‘In Free Fall’ – HAQ : Remixed by Tullis Rennie – Download (Efpi Records) 3 tracks from ‘Walking Walking Falling’ totally reinvented by good friend and all-round tall person Tullis.

‘live @ band on the wall’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band - DVD + Download (Efpi Records)  Including my composition ‘Queen Spark’.

‘Walking Walking Falling’ – HAQ - CD + Download (Efpi Records)  Debut full-length release from the quartet I co-lead with Sam Andreae.

2010

‘remixes ep’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band - Download (Efpi Records)  Reworkings of tracks from the band’s debut EP, by Tullis Rennie, Rodrigo Constanzo, Owain Roberts & Nick Walters.

‘I AM YOUR DENSITY’ – Rodrigo Constanzo - CD + Download (Noise Upstairs Records)  A piece for improvisers by Rodrigo, the CD comes with the graphic score.  Released on Noise Upstairs Records.

2009

‘ep’ – Beats & Pieces Big Band – CD + Download (Efpi Records)  Now deleted 5-track debut release, all written by Ben Cottrell: bake, yafw, toan, djimi, broken.

‘EP. 1′ – HAQ - CD + Download (Efpi Records) First ever release on Efpi, still sounds great in my humble opinion.

‘Jew Point Owe’ – Rodrigo Constanzo - CD + Download (Concrete Moniker) A collection of Rodrigo’s acoustic and electronic compositions.  I play bass + acoustic guitar on a couple of tracks.

‘cottrell/findlay/hunter’ – Download (Concrete Moniker) Double-album, with one set of improvisations by myself, Ben Cottrell (sax) and Kate Findlay (cello), and another set of remixes of these tracks.

‘The Sans of Gilbert’ – Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern - CD/DVD + Download.  So far the only release by TSC.  Improvised music + painting.

2008

‘findlay_hunter_rennie’ - Download (Concrete Moniker) Improvised release by myself, Kate Findlay (cello) and Tullis Rennie (laptop + trombone).