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Led Bib

Drummer and composer Mark Holub formed Led Bib in 2003 for a university masters project. Made up of his Middlesex university friends, the five piece played its first gig at London’s Klinker Club on February 24th 2004 to ten people in the backroom of a North London pub. Five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated as a Mercury Prize album of the year. Theirs was a full gas acceleration to that point. Having had their first album met with widespread critical praise in May 2005, they also won the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in the same year. A second album, Sizewell Tea released in 2007 through iconic London label Babel brought more interest, bigger features, better reviews. There was a notable shift in numbers too, audiences grew as fans cottoned on to a new jazz movement, of which Led Bib was a frontrunner, ditching the noodling and pulling more into rock territory. As they drew references from across the musical spectrum Beefheart and Zorn, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis so too did they draw in a larger swathe of interest, drum and bass heads, jazz aficionados, death metalists and folk, world music and pop fans were, in equal number, their audience.

A limited edition live release appeared in 2008, but it was the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes that saw them experience widespread acclaim following the announcement that they were chosen as an Album of the Year in the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions including Channel 4 TV News with Jon Snow, playing live on BBC 2 and found a befuddled and unlikely pundit in Holub being asked to explain the likes of “what is jazz?” to the masses of early morning BBC breakfast radio listeners .

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Rarely have two saxes, keyboards, bass and drums sounded so dangerous yet so compelling.”

— The Guardian

a lean, mean, improv-rocking jazz machine”

— Time Out

Every number is cleverly honed to leave you wanting just that bit more.”

— The Telegraph

“Led Bib are among very few artists who seem less interested in following anyone else’s traditions than starting their own!”

— Yahoo Music

“Like the late Captain Beefheart, Led Bib know a thing or two about ugly beauty.”

— The Times

“one of the most edgy and exciting units to emerge on the UK music scene in recent years.”

— The Scotsman

“Jazz and punk rock got in a fight, made up, got married and had an offspring named Led Bib”

— Jazztimes

“for audiences from bebop diehards to thrash-metal headbangers via punk, world music or John Zornian

abstractions, this still growing group’s fearless exuberance goes on being a blast of fresh air.”

— Word Magazine

“Part free improv, part art-rock, the band’s uncompromising formula puts them in the vanguard of the

new school of British jazz”

— The Sunday Times

“Two saxes deliver raw energy and grit, the moodswings and slowdowns are tightly rehearsed and tunes are catchy”

— Financial Times

“a hybrid fusion withresplendently rough,pointy edges, with a riotous desire for exploration that’s still undiminished a decade in”

— Prog Magazine

“a near flawless blend of instantly memorable composed tunes and the kind of wild improvisation- informedsections that only really falls into place when a band has an extensive history of live performances to draw upon.”

— The Quietus

“Like a wake up call from an air-raid siren”

— Irish Tribune

“One of the UK’s most adventurous groups”

— Jazzwise

“Quite possibly they’re the missing link between jazz, prog and experimental rock, which puts them in a field of one”

— The Scotsman

“Like crossing the road in a reverie and being run overby a passing bus - but in a pleasing way”

— Evening Standard

“This is the sound of a band having fun… like a hot chainsaw through butter.

— The Wire



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Sizewell Tea

Babel Label


Bring Your Own

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From: Bring Your Own
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