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Led Bib: Umbrella Weather

Read "Umbrella Weather" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you're talking umbrella weather, there's rain and then there's rain. A drizzle and a downpour are two very different beasts, and this most certainly qualifies as the latter. Led Bib opens up the heavenly and hellish skies to create a deluge in sound on this terrifically tempestuous RareNoise date. Some bands born of radical designs tend to lose their edge over time, blunted and stunted by the individual and collective aging process, but Led Bib hasn't ...

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Led Bib: The People In Your Neighbourhood

Read "The People In Your Neighbourhood" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The People In Your Neighbourhood comes from Led Bib, “rock-jazzers" with a neat line in catchy grooves and prog-rock-meets-free-jazz. The London-based outfit, led by New Jersey ex-pat drummer Mark Holub, has been around for over a decade, gaining a Mercury Prize nomination for Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform Records, 2009). After a quiet couple of years since the release of Bring Your Own (Cuneiform Records, 2011), early 2014 sees a flurry of activity, with the simultaneous release on Cuneiform of The People ...

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Led Bib: It's Not Lady Gaga

Read "Led Bib: It's Not Lady Gaga" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Led Bib: a short, sharp shock of a name for one of the hardest-hitting bands on the UK jazz scene. But the name doesn't tell the whole story, for this is also a band that's capable of inventive and intensely emotive music as well as the riff-laden numbers that have helped it to earn the label of “Punk Jazz," among others. In the runup to the release of the band's fifth album, Bring Your Own (Cuneiform, 2011), the band's amiable ...

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Led Bib: Bring Your Own

Read "Bring Your Own" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Led Bib has never been an easy ensemble to pigeonhole: according to critics and reviewers the band is “punk jazz," free improvisation, avant-garde, skronk, dirty jazz--and, most splendidly, “death-jazz-cum-math-punk." On the evidence of the London-based band's fourth album, Bring Your Own, it's all of the above, and a little bit more. This is music for dancing, for head-banging, for thinking and even for quiet reflection. Led Bib's founder and main writer is New Jersey native Mark Holub, ...

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Led Bib: Bring Your Own

Read "Bring Your Own" reviewed by Chris May

Writing about Led Bib's Mercury Prize-nominated album, the raucous and confrontational Sensible Shoes (Cuneiform, 2009), Britain's Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper--which speaks with as much authority about jazz as Murdoch's Fox News speaks about politics--declared: “Led Bib are the band bringing jazz back to contemporary music's cutting edge." A slightly more measured response came from the Guardian's jazz critic, who described the album as “a gale of fresh air." All About Jazz observed that “the band continues its mission ...

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Led Bib: Sensible Shoes

Read "Sensible Shoes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

An education can be an asset in more ways than one. Drummer/composer Mark Holub formed his band Led Bib in 2003 as part of his M.A. at Middlesex University in London, England. The initial line-up was fluid, settling down to the current one with Liran Donin (bass), Toby McLaren (keyboards), Pete Grogan (saxophone) and Chris Williams (saxophone) in 2004. From then on the band established a reputation for its quirky, off-kilter brand of music, drawing from the portals of jazz, ...

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Led Bib at Norwich Arts Centre, UK

Read "Led Bib at Norwich Arts Centre, UK" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Led BibNorwich Arts CentreNorwich, EnglandJune 5, 2009 Led Bib's five band members ambled on to the stage of the Arts Centre and looked friendly enough. They began playing “Yes, Again," and the delicate opening bars from Toby McLaren's keyboard drifted gently across the auditorium. But barely a minute later, as the alto saxophones of Chris Williams and Pete Grogan kicked in and the rhythm section of Mark Holub on drums and Liran Donin on bass ...

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Led Bib: Sensible Shoes

Read "Sensible Shoes" reviewed by Chris May

London quintet Led Bib is one of a succession of new millennial British bands, heralded by the perversely named Acoustic Ladyland--a high decibel punk fury of tenor saxophone, electric keyboards and bass, and drums--who are tearing up the jazz rule book with an enthusiasm which renders the description “iconoclastic" inadequate.

While Led Bib's moniker may proclaim its irreverent aesthetic more directly than Acoustic Ladyland's, the hefty rock ingredient in the band's sound has more to do with the ...


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