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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:

 

‘Immune to Clockwork’ has had some very flattering attention since it came out.  The quintet was named by the ‘El Intruso’ international critics poll as one of the 5 new bands of 2014, and we’ve had some more lovely reviews:

http://thebluemoment.com/2015/02/04/olie-brice-at-the-vortex/

http://www.thejazzmann.com/reviews/review/olie-brice-quintet-immune-to-clockwork/

http://www.adambaruch.com/reviews_item.asp?item=104690

and in Polish: http://polish-jazz.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/olie-brice-quintet-immune-to-clockwork.html

A couple of really nice reviews have appeared in the last week or so:

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/immune-to-clockwork-olie-brice-multikulti-project-review-by-john-eyles.php%20target=blank

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2014/12/olie-brice-quintet-immune-to-clockwork.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FvEnU+%28Free+Jazz%29

If you’d like a copy, you can get one from me here (UK only, if you want one sent somewhere else please email olie (at) riseup.net for postage costs):

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We’ll be launching the album with a gig at the Vortex in London on Feb 3rd – not quite the same line-up as the album, Alex Bonney, Jeff Williams and me will be joined by two more of my favourite musicians, George Crowley on tenor and Mike Fletcher on C Melody sax

I’ve got two gigs coming up with the Olie Brice Quartet.  My Quartet usually features Mark Hanslip, Alex Bonney and Jeff Williams, but both gigs will be taking place when neither Jeff nor Mark are in town, so I’ve invited a couple of fantastic musicians to stand in for them – Tim Giles on drums and George Crowley on tenor and clarinet.  Really looking forward to hearing them play my tunes!

We’re playing at the Shaftesbury Tavern (534 Hornsey Rd, London) tomorrow – 25th June.  This is a fairly new night, 2 sets, only £5, 8.30pm start.  Then on the 18th of July we’re at an even newer night run by Dee Byrne and Cath Roberts, called ‘Lume’.  This is also two sets for £5 with an 8.30 start.  Information about the night can be found on their rather lovely looking new website – here.

Both gig will feature music from our newly recorded, yet to be released album…

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I’m really pleased to have a couple of gigs coming up with the Olie Brice Quartet, at two of my favourite London venues.  The current line-up of the quartet features Mark Hanslip on tenor, Alex Bonney on trumpet (and pocket trumpet!) and Jeff  Williams on drums.

We’re playing at the Oxford in Kentish Town on the 18th March, and the Amersham Arms in New Cross on the 19th March (a double bill with the Martin Kolarides Trio)

Before then (11th March) Alex, Jeff and I will be appearing as the Alex Bonney Trio, at the Vortex.  Alex writes beautiful music, and his trio is one of my favourite bands to play in.  The evening will be a shared bill, with a solo piano set from the extraordinary Alexander Hawkins, so should be a bit special…

I’ve posted a couple of tracks on the ‘listen’ page of this website from a recent gig by the new Olie Brice Quartet.  They’re not very hi-fi, and Leon is on Rhodes in the absence of piano, but I think they capture some of what we’re trying to do all the same.

If your appetite is whetted and you want to hear the real thing, we’ll be at the Vortex on October 11th.