„The future of jazz or an infernal racket? This young London “post-jazz” outfit are a bit of both. Under the drummer Mark Holub, saxophones and a bumpy rhythm section manoeuvre from dishevelled waltzes to jazz-thrash, pausing occasionally to catch their breath. They’re clearly having a great time, and sometimes you will, too.“ – The Times
„They represent a new generation of jazz musicians, blessed with the technical know-how of a music college degree and the sexiness of rock n‘ roll.“
– Blues and Soul
„Gritty, raunchy jazz from a group who deserve to be checked out.“
– The Wire
Mark Holub – drums
Liran Donin – bass;
Toby McLaren – Rhodes and piano
Chris Williams – alto sax
Pete Grogan – alto sax
Sensible Shoes is the fourth release by this London quartet of dual alto saxes, Fender Rhodes & keyboards, bass and drums. It is a cataclysmic offering of jazz-rock, free-jazz, avant-skronk, funk-rock, art-noise and whatever else they can lay their hands on. A tremendously popular act at home in the UK, where they regularly play large-scale festivals and concert halls (as well as playing the typical club gigs that all musicians play), Sensible Shoes is their first recording to be released outside of the UK.
The band has impressed afficianados of forward thinking electric jazz with their impressive and muscular dual sax-topped, Fender Rhodes-driven music. This new album is culmination of two years of heavy touring since the release of their last album and all of that work definitely shows! A band who have already done great things and are destined for more of the same, but with extra sauce, please.
This record placed (meaning it won along with a few others) in the 2009 Mercury Prizes in the UK – a prize which is a huge deal in the UK and which I had never heard of here in the USA – and if you go here, you can see them playing their ‚infernal racket‘ on a huge stage a decade ago in front of a £150.00 per plate audience who got nine happy pop bands and also ‚this‚….
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