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
Here’s a live recording of my Quintet, the final gig of our tour last year. We’re playing my piece ‘Red Honey, Yellow Honey’, which will be on my forthcoming quintet album ‘Day After Day’. The new album was recorded a couple of days after this gig, and will be released this June on the Babel label. Album launch on June 14th…
After various delays, my duo album with Achim Kaufmann, ‘Of Tides’, is released. You can hear or even buy it here:
We got a 4.5 star review on AllAboutJazz – “Overall, their playing together is highly reminiscent of players who know each other’s playing inside-out after decades performing together—but we must remember that this recording comes from the early days of their time together. Yet, if this music were wine, it would not be fruity and fresh but full-bodied, mellow and mature. It certainly whets the appetite for further recordings of Brice and Kaufmann together”
We’ll be playing duo in Oslo on the 23rd of May (Blow Out), and then trio in Stockholm with Susana Santos Silva on the 24th (Glenn Miller Cafe)
Two albums really blew me away this year, astonishing recordings which I’ve listened to over and over again. I haven’t seen either of them on many of the top ten lists that proliferate around this time of year, so thought it worth mentioning –
Barry Guy’s “Blue Shroud” (Intakt) is an incredible and ambitious recording featuring a 14 piece band, drawing on Picasso’s Guernica, the Iraq War, the poetry of Kerry Hardie, compositions by Bach and Biber all drawn in to Guy’s own improvisational and compositional world. Definitely one of the most successful large scale compositions for improvisers I’ve heard in recent years.
A very different but also wonderful album is “Oblengths” (Leo), by Achim Kaufmann, Frank Gratkowski and Wilbert De Joode. This is the free improv recording I’ve spent the most time with this year, in my opinion the best yet by one of the most fascinating groups in improvised music today. A huge range of approaches organically making up a whole, the trio have been playing together for 14 years and have a truly special understanding.
Two other albums I’ve really enjoyed and recommend are “Dobbeltgaenger” (Cleanfeed) by the Julie Kjaer 3, and “America’s National Parks” (Cuneiform) by the great Wadada Leo Smith.
I’ve got a bunch of fun things happening at the LJF this year…
On Monday 14th I’m at I’klectic, a lovely venue in Waterloo, with Dee Byrne’s band Entropi, and also with a new project Dee and Cath Roberts have put together, a big band called the LUMEkestra
On Tuesday 15th I’m playing in a new trio with the wonderful cornet player Kirk Knuffke, who’s over from New York with Matt Wilson’s band. We’ll be playing trio with Mark Sanders, an early set at the Vortex Downstairs (the bar below the main venue), one set from 6pmish
On Thursday 17th at 2pm I’m part of a free event combining a talk by Professor Mark Smith (University of South Carolina) on Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics with a performance by the Mike Fletcher Trio (with me and Jeff Williams), taking place at the University of Westminster
And finally – an album launch! I’m about to release a duo CD called ‘Of Tides’, with the amazing pianist Achim Kaufmann. Recorded live at the Vortex in Dec 2014, it’s been a little while in the works but we’ll be launching it, back at the Vortex on Sunday 20th at 7.30pm (a double bill with the Camilla George Quartet)