Jeff Wootton at Night & Day

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Jeff Wootton, Night & Day

Jeff Wootton, best known for his work with Damon Albarn in Gorillaz and Africa Express, has recently released his debut album ‘The Way The Light‘ and is headlining 2 nights, one in London and one here in the Northern Quarter at Night & Day Café in support of that release.

Jeff joined Gorillaz as lead guitarist in 2010, aged 23, playing alongside Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash as the band embarked on their first ever world tour. Wootton also played lead guitar with Damon Albarn on his solo album, and in 2013 he joined Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Nick Zinner and several other musicians and producers on a trip to Mali to record an album as part of Africa Express.

Jeff Wootton, Night & Day, colour

The Way The Light was recorded between Wootton’s hometown on Manchester and Topanga, California, where, inspired by Brian Eno, Wootton and engineer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Daniel Lanois, U2) constructed studio installations in houses, recording for a few weeks before dismantling the set-up.

The first cut to be taken from the album, ‘The Eternal‘, was recently premiered by FADER, and was also Track Of The Day at Q Magazine and one of NME’s top 20 Tracks You Need To Hear This Week. The track has been remixed by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Bootie Brown (The Pharcyde) as The Eternal Reconstruction.

Wootton plays everything on the album apart from the drums (supplied by Mark Heaney), and as one would expect from such a respected and in-demand multi-instrumentalist – he has also collaborated with Massive Attack, Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher, and Damo Suzuki from Can – the musicianship displayed throughout is outstanding. Sonically, The Way The Light is inventive and experimental, but with a deft grasp of melody.

Jeff Wootton, Night & Day, B&W

As well as standard digital download, the album is available as a limited edition 12” vinyl LP, including a 28-page booklet featuring 10 original artworks by Damien Hirst. Each new Hirst artwork is inspired by and named after a track on the album.

Support for tonight’s show comes from Nev Cottee.

Jeff Wootton / 8pm – 11pm / £9 adv / BUY TICKETS
Night & Day Café / 26 Oldham Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M1 1JN