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
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.