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better than TV had its formal debut in 2011. Our line up changed during the years as former students left Cambridge, and it is fluid and rather unconventional. We published two albums, 'Late’ in 2015 and ‘Song from No Man’s Land’ in 2018, both receiving positive reviews and radio time. We play regularly in Cambridge and London.

“light-hearted, engaging compositions” Jazzwise magazine, September 2015 “a wealth of talent” Pete Butchers, Jazz Today “Close to Jazz, but not only” Pino Saulo, Battiti, Rai Radio3

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Better Than TV: Song From No Man's Land

Read "Song From No Man's Land" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

The children on this album's cover are shown enjoying a timeless street game. Such kids often play by their own rules--much like adult musicians, as Better Than TV proves here. A collective from Cambridge, UK, the band is led by bassist Sergio Contrino, whose Italian heritage finds an outlet on this eclectic disc. Song ...

Late

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: 1000 And One; Standing With Sally; Elliulogy; Morse; pm; FEAB; Samba Per Mi; Se Volete; Late (plus alternate take of Standing With Sally)

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Better than TV: Late

Read "Late" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Better than TV, huh? A few years ago that assertion--from a young quintet based in Cambridge, UK--would have been quite a boast. Today, not so much. Still, congrats to the band for coming up with the name. It's memorable and a tad quirky, which is good, because on this evidence the band, with a strong bop ...

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Better Than TV: Late

Read "Late" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Five students from Cambridge (UK) recorded this debut album over two sessions, six months apart. The first session from 10 June 2013 opens with “1000 And One" on an ostinato bass figure and relaxed McCoy Tyner-esque piano. This is a relatively straightforward modal piece but with some engaging solos from the brass section and some. By ...


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