All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Olie Brice Quintet: Day After Day

John Eyles By

Sign in to view read count
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changes; not only has the band switched record labels from Multikulti to Babel, tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip has been replaced by George Crowley, and Polish alto clarinetist Wacław Zimpel by alto saxophonist Mike Fletcher.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 remain firmly in place; Alex Bonney is still there on cornet, his distinctive sound being the clarion call that opens the album and recurs throughout; the rhythm section of Brice on double bass and Jeff Williams on drums is also untouched, as before, keeping time without being intrusive or rigid and also acting as vital, dynamic members of the quintet.

Importantly, the new members have toured with the quintet and slotted in, already sounding as if they have been there for some time, doubtless helped by the album being recorded in June 2016, in the immediate aftermath of a UK tour for which Brice wrote this new material. In his sleeve notes, Brice makes reference to influences on the album's compositions; these include his reading matter at the time, Nathaniel Mackey's "From a Broken Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate" series of novels about musicians "for whom there is no outside of music, for whom improvisation and performance are ways of being," plus Brice's own experience of growing up in a Jewish community and the ecstatic joy of his favourite free jazz. Somehow those elements combined to give an occasional melancholy mood but, as before, the leader displays sound instincts about his compositions and choice of material for the band.

Compared to the first edition of the quintet, this one features more individual extended soloing than the former more collective approach, with the new members noticeably soloing for longer. Maybe to counteract this tendency, Brice has included three "Interruptions," one as a stand-alone track and the other two occurring during other pieces. Brice says that these sections were inspired by listening to Wadada Leo Smith compositions. These looser passages are very welcome and serve to dilute the feeling of a "queue of soloists." The eight-minute title track, which closes the album, has more of an ensemble approach and this contributes to it being the album's strongest piece. Taken as a whole, Day After Day makes satisfying listening but it leaves the impression that this edition of the band will produce a better album still.

(Check out the YouTube clip below of "Red Honey, Yellow Honey" recorded live at the Vortex on that 2016 tour.)

Track Listing: Aunt Nancy’s Balloons; Red Honey, Yellow Honey; Interruptions #1: Another Mad Yak; If You Were the Only Girl in the World; Day after Day.

Personnel: Olie Brice: double bass; Alex Bonney: cornet; Mike Fletcher: alto sax; George Crowley: tenor sax; Jeff Williams: drums.

Title: Day After Day | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Babel Label


Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Of Tides

Of Tides

Babel Label

Day After Day

Day After Day

Babel Label



Two Rivers Records

Immune to Clockwork

Immune to Clockwork

Multikulti Project


Related Articles

Read Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road CD/LP/Track Review
Lab 2018, The Rhythm of the Road
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Live CD/LP/Track Review
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 25, 2018
Read 8 Songs CD/LP/Track Review
8 Songs
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Facing Dragons CD/LP/Track Review
Facing Dragons
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 25, 2018
Read Brothers CD/LP/Track Review
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 24, 2018
Read The Fearless Flyers CD/LP/Track Review
The Fearless Flyers
by John Bricker
Published: September 24, 2018
Read "City Of Light" CD/LP/Track Review City Of Light
by John Sharpe
Published: December 22, 2017
Read "Two Hands To Tango" CD/LP/Track Review Two Hands To Tango
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 15, 2018
Read "Great Lakes" CD/LP/Track Review Great Lakes
by Doug Collette
Published: November 26, 2017
Read "Nightfall" CD/LP/Track Review Nightfall
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 11, 2017
Read "Other Animal" CD/LP/Track Review Other Animal
by Troy Dostert
Published: February 7, 2018
Read "Passion Reverence Transcendence" CD/LP/Track Review Passion Reverence Transcendence
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 17, 2018