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Beats & Pieces is not your average big band, rather a band that's big. These 14 musicians have been playing together for over ten years and have become a tight knit bunch, open to a huge diversity of music. The influence of artists such as Björk, Radiohead, David Bowie, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Loose Tubes, Gil Evans and Kenny Wheeler pop up in their performances and the compositions of bandleader and conductor {{m: Ben Cottrell = 47568}}.. The band tours regularly across the UK, Europe and further afield, marking their 10th anniversary in 2018 with their debut North American tour and inclusion in the Downbeat Critics Poll in the category Rising Star Big Band. To date they have released 2 studio albums - 'Big Ideas' (2012) and 'All In' (2015) - and a 10th anniversary live CD/DVD entitled 'ten' (2018), all on Manchester independent label Efpi Records.

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Let Spin: Steal The Light

Read "Steal The Light" reviewed by Chris May


Formed in 2014, London's Let Spin is an electric quartet peopled by musicians who emerged around a decade earlier as part of a scene which was rather lazily dubbed “punk jazz" by British music journalists. The music was certainly loud, irreverent and in-your-face, but it was played by musicians who were conservatoire graduates, a demographic not ...

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Nick Walters: Active Imagination

Read "Active Imagination" reviewed by Chris May


A rugged modal-based spiritual-jazz blowing session from the trumpeter Nick Walters, who has one foot in the underground London scene which is shaking up British jazz, and another in his home city, Manchester. Walters is a member of two Manchester bands, Riot Jazz Brass Band and Beats & Pieces Big Band, and leads the London-based Paradox ...

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ten

Label: Efpi Records
Released: 2018

Article: Live Review

Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali


Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Iceland September 5-9, 2018 Iceland has produced, and continues to produce, many outstanding artists--some of them world-famous, such as Björk, Múm, Sigur Rós, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men--which is quite remarkable if one thinks that the country has less than 350,000 inhabitants. 130,000 ...

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Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Reykjavik Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luca Vitali


Reykjavik Jazz Festival Reykjavik, Islanda 5-9.9.2018 L'Islanda ha prodotto, e produce, una grande quantità di artisti, alcuni dei quali molto conosciuti a livello internazionale come Björk, Múm, Sigur Ros, Ólafur Arnalds, Gus Gus, Emiliana Torrini, Of Monsters and Men... il che, a pensarci bene, ha dell'incredibile, se pensiamo che il ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 28-30, 2017 There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...

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All In

Label: Efpi Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Rocky; Pop; Rain; Havmann; Hendo; Let's Dance; Fairytale.

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Beats and Pieces Big Band: All In

Read "Beats and Pieces Big Band: All In" reviewed by Phil Barnes


The idea of the gang is well established in rock bands--think of the wonderful Astrid Kirchherr photos of the Beatles in their Hamburg-era leathers, the Specials glowering from the cover of their classic debut LP or the Clash in pretty much any picture ever taken of them. Rock bands often foster this “us v's them" mentality ...


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