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Olie Brice

I’m a jazz and improv double bassist, based in London. I lead and compose for two groups at the moment: The Olie Brice Quartet (with Mark Hanslip – tenor, Leon Michener – piano and Jeff Williams- drums) The Carracks Project (with James Allsopp – reeds, Nick Malcolm – trumpet, Alex Bonney – laptop and Mark Sanders – drums) I’m also involved in several collaborative projects, including: Riverloam Trio – (Mikolaj Trzaska – alto sax, bass clarinet and Mark Sanders – drums) Catatumbo (trio with Ingrid Laubrock – tenor and Javier Carmona – drums) Duo with Neil Metcalfe – flute BABs (James Allsopp – bass clarinet, Alex Bonney – laptop) and am in a few people’s bands, including: The Nick Malcolm Quartet (Nick Malcolm – trumpet, Alexander Hawkins – piano and Mark Whitlam – drums) Loz Speyer’s Inner Space Music (Loz Speyer – trumpet, Chris Biscoe – alto sax, alto clarinet, Rachel Musson – tenor & soprano, Simon Roth – drums) Alex Bonney Trio (Alex Bonney – trumpet, Jeff Williams – drums) Other musicians I’ve appeared with include Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Louis Moholo-Moholo, Ken Vandermark, Tony Marsh, Lol Coxhill, Pat Thomas, Mulatu Astatke, Alan Wilkinson, Hannah Marshall, Steve Reid and Steve Swell, among many others.

Unnavigable Tributaries

Label: Multikulti Project
Released: 2020
Track listing: Côa; Tua; Sabor; Corgo; Tavora; Paiva.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Somersaults: Numerology Of Birdsong

Read "Numerology Of Birdsong" reviewed by John Sharpe

Without fanfare, the rhythm section of bassist Olie Brice and drummer Mark Sanders has become one of the UK's premier engine-rooms for free improvisation. That's borne out by association with not only the great reedman Tobias Delius, perhaps best known for his tenure in the ICP Orchestra, but also players as diverse as Polish reedman Mikolaj ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Paul Dunmall's Sunship Quartet: John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto

Read "John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto" reviewed by John Sharpe

If John Coltrane had lived he would have been 90 in July 2019. It's fair to say that there has been no saxophonist anywhere near as influential since his passing in 1967. To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, percussionist Mark Wastell organized a concert headlined by two affirmed devotees of the great reedman, namely ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nick Malcolm: Real Isn't Real

Read "Real Isn't Real" reviewed by Phil Barnes

There's always a temptation to describe things we like as “the real jazz/soul/music..." out of a passion for a new musical discovery, but what does it actually mean? At the level of pure pedantry no piece of music can be more “real" than any other, yet what this unfortunate formulation is meant to signify is that ...

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Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

Read "Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft" reviewed by John Eyles

In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Riverloam Trio: Live At The Alchemia

Read "Live At The Alchemia" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded at Krakow's legendary jazz club, Live At The Alchemia constitutes the third outing from what has become a perfectly-balanced unit, following the eponymous Riverloam Trio (NoBusiness, 2012) and Inem Gortn (FMR, 2014). Although, traditionally, Polish reedman Mikolaj Trzaska might be seen as the apex of a musical pyramid, supported by the solid foundation provided by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

Read "Not Two...But Twenty! Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival Wlen, Poland September 21-23, 2018 Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tom Wheatley: Double Bass

Read "Double Bass" reviewed by John Eyles

With improvising double bassists of the calibre of Olie Brice, John Edwards, Dominic Lash, David Leahy, Peter Marsh, Marcio Mattos, Jordan Muscatello and Guillaume Viltard being regulars on the London improv scene, it is not an easy place for young newcomers to make an impression and gain a reputation. But every once in a while, a ...

Of Tides

Label: Babel Label
Released: 2017
Track listing: Moss Grew in the Cracks; The Rumble of Constant Adjustment; Cogitations; To Heap; Of Tides.


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