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Olie Brice Trio / Octet: Fire Hills

Read "Fire Hills" reviewed by John Eyles


This two-CD Olie Brice release features very different discs--one featuring five tracks, which total forty-five minutes, by the trio of Brice on double bass plus Tom Challenger on tenor sax and Will Glaser on drums, while the other has three tracks, totalling forty-eight-and-a-half minutes, by an octet comprising Brice and drummer Johnny Hunter plus two trumpets and four saxophones. The two groupings were studio-recorded in July and November 2021, respectively. As always with Brice-led ensembles, his strengths are the quality ...

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Olie Brice Quintet: Day After Day

Read "Day After Day" reviewed by John Eyles


Three years on from the debut album by the Olie Brice Quintet, Immune to Clockwork (Multikulti Project, 2014), comes the follow-up, Day after Day. Despite the unchanged band name, the intervening years have brought changes; not only has the band switched record labels from Multikulti to Babel, tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip has been replaced by George Crowley, and Polish alto clarinetist Wacław Zimpel by alto saxophonist Mike Fletcher. Despite those changes, most of the things that made the quintet work ...

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Olie Brice / Achim Kaufmann: Of Tides

Read "Of Tides" reviewed by John Eyles


Recorded live at The Vortex in December 2014, Of Tides combines London double bassist Olie Brice and German pianist Achim Kaufmann in a duo. Bass and piano is an uncommon combination for a twosome, this one having arisen after the pair initially combined in a trio that also included Roger Turner on percussion. Potential obstacles to Brice and Kaufmann collaborating include an age gap of nearly two decades, and the fact that the pianist rarely plays in London. Despite such ...

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Olie Brice / Tobias Delius / Mark Sanders: Somersaults

Read "Somersaults" reviewed by John Eyles


Hot on the heels of Immune to Clockwork (Multikulti Project, 2014) by his own quintet comes another fine album featuring bassist Olie Brice. He organised the December 2014 studio recording session for Somersaults which features a trio in which Brice is joined by drummer Mark Sanders, with whom he frequently plays (notably in the Riverloam Trio with Polish saxophonist Mikolaj Trzaska, arguably a dry run for this grouping). This trio is completed by long-time ICP Orchestra member Tobias Delius on ...

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Olie Brice Quintet: Immune to Clockwork

Read "Immune to Clockwork" reviewed by John Eyles


For some time, bassist Olie Brice has been a highly-regarded member of the London improvising community, so it is a genuine pleasure to welcome Immune to Clockwork, his debut album as a leader. Many ingredients combine to mark out effective band leaders from the less successful ones; on this showing, Brice ticks enough boxes to indicate that he is well suited to the role. Firstly, a leader must have the knack of selecting band personnel who combine together effectively; that ...


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