I’m delighted to announce the release of a duo album with one of the greatest improvising bassists in the world, John Edwards. The album is a live recording, called ‘At Iklectik’ and released by Confront.
Here’s what I wrote for the record label’s site –
“The very first improv gig I did on double bass was opening for the Sunny Murray trio with John Edwards and Tony Bevan at the Green Room in Manchester. I was already a huge fan of John’s playing, and had heard him live several times, most memorably in trio with Peter Brotzmann and Mark Sanders in Leeds. I was massively impressed by his huge sound, his inventiveness, his energy and the sheer force of propulsion that he always brings to playing situations. As one can imagine, as a brand new bassist I was pretty nervous about playing before him. John was incredibly generous, kind and supportive, talking to me at length about music and the double bass. Through the years he has certainly been the bassist I’ve heard live the most frequently, and a constant source of inspiration, friendly advice and support – although there was a period when I felt I should avoid going to hear him for a while, not wanting his influence to be too all-pervasive!
When Tom Ward invited me to do a duo set with another string player as an opening set for his fantastic saxophone quartet, it seemed a perfect opportunity to play duo with John for the first time. The set was as much fun as I had hoped, and the results are what you are about to hear…”
You can buy the album from Confront’s website here, or John and I should both have copies for sale at gigs soon…
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
Here’s an interview I did recently with Jazzwise magazine
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 –
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:
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!
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:
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.”
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.
I’ve just received copies of two new releases by trumpet-led bands that I’m in – ‘Halda Ema’ by the Alex Bonney Quartet and ‘Life on the Edge’ by Loz Speyer’s Inner Space. Very pleased to be part of both!
Alex’s band also includes James Allsopp on bass clarinet and Jeff Williams on drums. You can find it here: https://loopcollective.bandcamp.com/album/halda-ema
Inner Space is a quintet (with Chris Biscoe, Rachel Musson and Gary Willcox) and can be found here: http://www.leorecords.com/?m=select&id=CD_LR_782
We’ve got a couple of gigs coming up with Inner Space, at the Old Fire Station in Hadleigh, Essex on the 7th April and at the Bulls Head in Barnes on the 10th May