I’ve been really enjoying playing in Nick Malcolm’s quartet the past few months. The band is Nick on trumpet and flugelhorn, Alexander Hawkins on piano and Mark Whitlam on drums. The material is orginals by Nick, a couple by me, and the odd Monk tune. A real blend of free playing, structures and more melodic material.
We’ve got a few nice gigs coming up; The Vortex next Monday (11/07/11), and then Manchester (25/07/11) and Ealing (31/07/11) Jazz Festivals.
We’ll be recording an album in August, details on here when it’s ready for release…
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.
Another really good review of Brackish, (by Brian Morton), here:
and there’s one in the new Jazzwise too, but that’s not on-line…
Looking forward to a tour starting this tuesday, with Mikolaj Trzaska on alto sax and clarinets, and Mark Sanders on drums.
Mikolaj is a fantastic player, works with the likes of Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark. Anyone reading this is bound to know Mark’s playing! We did some playing as a quartet with Steve Swell (on trombone) about a year ago – which was great, so I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun this time round. Here’s the details:
- 24/05/11- Krakow, Alchemia
- 25/05/11 – Lodz, Jazzga
- 26/05/11 – Dublin, Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street
- 27/05/11 – Birmingham, The Station, Kings Heath
- 28/05/11 – London, Cafe Posk
- 29/05/11 – Newcastle, The Bridge Hotel
Edit after the tour – We had a great time! There’s a nice review here:
and some footage here:
I had the huge joy and privilege of playing with the great Louis Moholo-Moholo a few weeks ago. There’s a nice review and some footage here:
Had a very nice first review of ‘brackish’, here:
I’ll post others up here as and when I come across them
I’m pleased to announce the release of a duo album with the great flautist Neil Metcalfe. The album is called ‘brackish’, and is on FMR. It was beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered by Sherry Ostapovitch.
Neil and I have been playing together every week for about a year and a half now. We initially worked together in a quartet with Mark Hanslip on tenor and Tony Marsh on drums, and also did a quartet gig with Evan Parker and Tony Marsh. We decided to start playing as an acoustic duo, and the process of developing that together has been one of the most rewarding musical experiences I’ve had.
If you’d like to hear where the process had reached last August, you can buy a copy either from FMR, or directly from me by clicking here (£10.50 inc postage within the UK, for international postage please email olie at riseup.net):