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Kairos Ensemble: Rejoicing Blues

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Kairos Ensemble (not to be confused with another UK four piece, Kairos 4tet) came together in 2001. Rejoicing Blues is the ensemble's fifth album and features tunes from the band's live sets that have not previously been recorded. There is, indeed, much here that is worth rejoicing. The ensemble features saxophonist Dan Foster, pianist Peter James and drummer Tom Hooper. In a slightly-out-of-leftfield move the Kairos Ensemble's bottom end rhythm duties are handled not by the traditional double bass, but by Richard Fox's probably even more traditional tuba. Whether this choice of instrument was a musical decision or ...

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Kairos 4tet: Everything We Hold

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With the release of Statement Of Intent (Edition Records, 2011) everything seemed to be coming together for Kairos 4tet. That abum, the band's second, was critically acclaimed; the band won the 2011 MOBO Award for Best Jazz Act. Then a trapped nerve in bandleader Adam Waldmann's elbow necessitated surgery shortly after the MOBO success and the saxophonist was unable to play for some months.Fortunately, by the sound of his performance here, Waldmann's recovery is complete. Everything We Hold is the sound of a band building on those earlier successes, a beautifully-crafted work that takes the quartet's sound onward ...

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Kairos 4tet: Statement Of Intent

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Two years on from its debut, Kairos Moment (Kairos, 2009), Kairos 4tet's Statement Of Intent categorically proves that the critical applause granted to its first album was well-deserved. Statement Of Intent is full of energy, inventiveness and melody, demonstrating a maturing musical sensibility, and placing the band fairly and squarely in the top flight of the UK jazz scene. Saxophonist/composer Adam Waldmann formed the band in 2008, soon after graduating from London's Trinity College of Music. Waldmann's writing, and his bands occasionally idiosyncratic but never self-indulgent approach to playing make for a vastly entertaining record. Pianist Ivo ...

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Kairos 4tet: Kairos Moment

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A luminous debut album from four young London musicians which, unexpectedly, affirms the eternal verities of acoustic jazz. Supple rhythms, strong melodies, inventive harmonies, flowing improvisation...it's all here and it bucks the trend. Since the adoption of Acoustic Ladyland by the mainstream media round about the release of the band's album Last Chance Disco (Babel, 2005), Britain has seen a rash of high decibel punk/jazz outfits--a few of them, like Led Bib, offering invigorating antidotes to the bland and the staid, others only infantile style jockey attempts to catch the wave.

Kairos 4tet was formed in 2008 to ...



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