Entropi on Tour!

Two gigs in already, I should have posted this a week ago!  Great fun so far…

Album launch on Friday 29th September at Kings Place, London

entropi dates

 

Some recent videos

 

I’ve been sharing some (mostly) solo videos on social media, plus a duo with Alex Bonney.  Thought I’d gather all 4 of them in one place, here –

 

Recent Coltrane Tribute gig

Had a great time recently playing the tunes from Sunship with the Paul Dunmall Quartet (with Howard Cottle and Tony Bianco)  plus special guest Alan Skidmore.  Getting to play with Dunmall fairly regularly is such a joy and privilege, one of my favourite things that I do…

Anway, the three Quartet tunes were filmed and put on youtube, not sure if the Skidmore ones will follow or not.  Here’s the first tune, which should link to the others:

Reviews for ‘Day After Day’

The first few reviews are in for ‘Day After Day’, and they’re pretty gratifying…

Richard Williams had this to say on his blog, The Blue Moment:

“Olie Brice Quintet: Day After Day (Babel). I love this band, led by a brilliant bassist and completed by Alex Bonney (cornet), Mike Fletcher (alto), George Crowley (tenor) and Jeff Williams (drums). What it has is the loose-limbed fluidity I associate with the New York Contemporary Five, the band that included Don Cherry, John Tchicai and Archie Shepp, with just a hint of Albert Ayler’s Bells ensemble. But it’s not derivative. It’s a continuation, and a worthwhile one. Brice’s own playing is exceptionally strong (he can make me think of Wilbur Ware, Henry Grimes and Jimmy Garrison), his compositions provide the perfect platform for the horns, and Williams swings at medium tempo with such easy grace that you could think you were listening to Billy Higgins”

London Jazz News said “There’s nothing formulaic here, just an open, responsive approach that speaks to many different strands of improvising tradition, old and new, and makes them personal” in this review – http://www.londonjazznews.com/2017/07/cd-review-olie-brice-quintet-day-after.html

and a 4 star review on All About Jazz can be found here: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/day-after-day-olie-brice-babel-label-review-by-john-eyles.php

Hopefully more to follow!

‘Day after Day’ – new Quintet album

day after day cover

Very pleased to announce the latest album by the Olie Brice Quintet!  ‘Day after Day’ will be released on the Babel label on Friday 16th June, and launched this on the 14th June with a gig at the Vortex, London.

Featuring Alex Bonney (cornet), Mike Fletcher (alto), George Crowley (tenor) and Jeff Williams (drums), this is a follow-up to ‘Immune to Clockwork’.  Playing original by me, including dedications to Nathaniel Mackey and Wadada Leo Smith, and one very old standard.

I will of course be selling CDs at gigs, starting with the launch gig on Wednesday.  You can pre-order, download or stream the album here – https://babel-label.bandcamp.com/album/day-after-day

And here’s some footage of us playing one of the tunes, a couple of days before the album was recorded:

 

Fantastic 5 star review for ‘Of Tides’

Really nice review on the ‘Free jazz Collective’ blog for ‘Of Tides’ –

Olie Brice plays bass as if he’s jumped onto a bear’s back to throttle it but then tries to Greco-Roman wrestle it to the ground. It is mesmerizing because there is no way to predict who will win. His pizzicato pounds like a battering ram knocking down doors, or taps like a hammer on notes like nails. His bowing bounces and stutters, then soars and dives to rip open space. Few bassists leave me as awestruck as Olie Brice.

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2017/04/olie-brice-achim-kaufmann-of-tides.html

If anyone is reading this in Scandanavia, Achim and I will be playing a duo gig at Blow Out! in Oslo, on May 23rd, and then in Stockholm the next day, playing at the Glenn Miller Cafe in a trio with Susana Santos Silva.