April 28, 2015
Thought I’d share a couple of things here from projects I’ve been involved in recently.
The Mike Fletcher Trio, with Jeff Williams on drums, has been the band I’ve been most active in in 2015. We’ve done a fair bit of touring, mainly thanks to Mike being selected as one of the European Concert Hall Organisation’s Rising Stars. It’s a band I love playing in, with two of my favourite musicians and some great tunes. Our debut album ‘vuelta’ came out in January, details here.
Here’s a video of the trio playing at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham:
Another project I’ve been particularly pleased to be part of is Alex Ward’s Quintet / Sextet. His Quintet piece ‘Glass Shelves and Floors’ features Rachel Musson, Hannah Marshall, Tom Jackson, me and of course Alex, and has just been released on Copepod Records. It’s a pretty incredible piece of work in my opinion, combining densely composed sections, free improvisation, conducted improvising, pitch sets and all sorts of other good stuff… Alex has simultaneously released a live and studio version as a double album – you can both hear and buy them here:
We’ve also recorded some further pieces of Alex’s as a sextet (with Steve Noble added on drums) – details to follow…
March 24, 2015
I’m very pleased to announce the release of a new album, Somersaults, on Two Rivers Records. The album is a freely improvised trio recording, featuring two of my very favourite musicians, Tobias Delius (tenor, clarinet) and Mark Sanders (drums).
Thanks to Alya at Two River Records for the incredible support and getting it out so quickly!
We’re selling copies at gigs, or I can post to anywhere in the UK if you click here:
It will also shortly be available (digital download and CD) from the Two Rivers bandcamp page, where you will be able to listen to a track
February 5, 2015
‘Immune to Clockwork’ has had some very flattering attention since it came out. The quintet was named by the ‘El Intruso’ international critics poll as one of the 5 new bands of 2014, and we’ve had some more lovely reviews:
December 17, 2014
A couple of really nice reviews have appeared in the last week or so:
If you’d like a copy, you can get one from me here (UK only, if you want one sent somewhere else please email olie (at) riseup.net for postage costs):
We’ll be launching the album with a gig at the Vortex in London on Feb 3rd – not quite the same line-up as the album, Alex Bonney, Jeff Williams and me will be joined by two more of my favourite musicians, George Crowley on tenor and Mike Fletcher on C Melody sax
October 22, 2014
I’m delighted to announce the release of my first album as leader / composer. ‘Immune to Clockwork’ has just been released on the Polish record label Multikulti Project. The album features some wonderful musicians – Mark Hanslip on tenor, Waclaw Zimpel on clarinets, Alex Bonney on trumpet and pocket trumpet and Jeff Williams on drums.
You can hear a track here: https://soundcloud.com/wawmak_multikulti/olie-brice-quintet-the-hands-from-immune-to-clockwork
I’ll have copies to sell at gigs, or if you’d like to buy a copy and have me post it to you within the UK use this link:
To buy a copy via paypal if you’re not in the UK, please email me at olie (at) riseup.net and I’ll let you know how much postage will cost
And we’ve had one review already – here it is, via the delights of google translate…
Are rare recordings that can really impress on many levels. Especially in modern jazz. Musicians trying to create an interesting composition, very often forget about emotions, or playing free not pay attention to the intellectual aspects of music, its structure and used for its building measures. And there is one aspect that often escapes the attention of critics, and which is present in jazz since its inception. It is the joy of making music, resulting largely from the creative freedom autonomous partners. Perhaps, at some point, these three elements are mutually exclusive, but the musicians are still trying to find the musical formula, in which they are all present. And the music quintet Olie Brice fits precisely – in addition successfully – in the search.
Recorded in a rather unusual composition – no harmonic instrument, but with extensive brass section – plate, shows the full range of possibilities for musicians in this combination of instruments. Decisive is the key selection of musical personalities that come here (Mark Hanslip, Waclaw Zimpel, Alex Bonney), it is not only outstanding instrumentalists and Sid, but the artists have their own individual sound and vision of their own music. Abide by the concept of Olie Brice, but also bring a lot of each other, whether in the solo or collective improvisations.
Leader moreover seems to leave them enough amount of creative freedom, but also carefully watching over the structure and texture of each composition. Eject bass tone to the fore in critical moments of each composition when he takes over the helm in your hands, it very easy to pick up this recording. It is also a demonstration of how you can realize the vision of his music, not sacrificing creative creativity – stage partners. Evenly played lots of “tutti” are a necessity, but also represent only a starting point, not thus determining the shape of the whole work. Well you can hear it even in “The Hands” or “Snake Path”, which transforms the individual instrumentalists sonically.
Olie Brice is when the leader of an experienced, otrzaskany on scenes of contemporary jazz, a variety of free or completely free improvisation. It is quite well known in our country – along with Mikolaj Trzaska and Mark Sanders creates because Riverloam Trio. But the list of his collaborators and partners stage is much longer – Paul Dunmall, Tobias Delius, Achim Kaufmann, Ingrid Laubrock, Louis Moholo–Moholo and Ken Vandermark is the most important among them.
And this stage, great musical experience can be heard on the album. Brice can create plans with various instrumentalists and combined them into blocks in a logical manner, at the same time surprising. Even more so I hope for a great feast of music, which can be concerts of this composition, with the hope that the Polish do not miss it. Because the great music non-flammable, improvisations excellent, and even the joy of the meeting, the making of music, even in the studio recording you can hear a lot.
by Joseph Paprocki
June 30, 2014
Realised I’ve a bit of a back-log of releases that I’m on but haven’t written about on here…
Nick Malcolm’s ‘Beyond These Voices’ is now out, featuring Alexander Hawkins, Mark Whitlam and me, plus Corey Mwamba guesting on three tracks. You can hear and/or buy it here: http://greeneyesrecords.bandcamp.com/
We’ve already had quite a few nice reviews for ‘Beyond These Voices’, some of the internet ones can be found here:
Also just released is the second album by the Riverloam Trio – Mikolaj Trzaska, Mark Sanders and me. Our first album came out on No Business a couple of years ago as a double LP, this time we’ve gone for a CD, which has been released on FMR. You could get one from the usual places, or I’m bringing copies to gigs… Only one review so far for that, the Downtown Music Gallery had this to say:
“By now, you should recognize the name of Polish reedsman, Mikolaj Trzaska, since he can be found on more than thirty releases working with Joe McPhee, Johannes Bauer, Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble. Trzaska also has a dozen discs as a leader. British bassist Olie Brice I know from a few discs on the FMR label as well as a trio with Ingrid Laubrock. UK drum master Mark Sanders certainly needs no introduction here since he is the in-demand drummer for Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker and Jah Wobble. This is a strong, spirited free trio with all three members integral to the intense, creative sound. Mr. Trzaska lets out some extreme blasts at times, bending his notes in a Brotzmann-like way yet his sound is definitely his own. There are moments when the trio lays back, the bassist does some haunting bowing while Trzaska plays quietly ominous bass clarinet. This is a formidable, inventive and spirited date. Ommmm. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG”
One more to tell you about, an improvised trio session by Mike Fletcher, Tymek Jozwiak and me has been released on Slam Productions, called ‘Nick Of Time’. Don’t think it’s technically been released yet, but if you catch Mike on a gig physical copies do exist… Here’s what Slam have to say about it –
The on-going saga of my Quintet record is still unresolved… details here if and when it ever comes out!
June 24, 2014
The fantastic alto player Dee Byrne has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for Entropi’s debut album. Entropi is Dee’s quintet, a band i love playing in. Here’s the video – if you think you might buy the album when it comes out anyway, please consider pre-buying it now!
May 18, 2014
April 20, 2014
I’m really excited to be playing three gigs this May with two of my favourite musicians – Tony Malaby and Jeff Williams.
On the 13th we’ll be at the Vortex, in Dalston, London; on the 14th at Bello Bar in Dublin; and finally on the 15th we’re in Belfast, at the Black Box on Hill Street.
Tony is one of the most incredible saxophonists and improvisers around, I’ve been a huge fan for years. Playing with Jeff is always a joy and privilege too – should be a fun tour!
there’s a really nice live recording on Jeff’s website of Jeff and Tony playing trio with the great Michael Formanek in 1999 – check it out here (along with some other gems! Jeff with Konitz…):
April 4, 2014
The new album by the Nick Malcolm Quartet will be out very soon, on Nick’s label Green Eyes Records. The album is called ‘Beyond Our Voices’, and features the same line-up as our earlier album – Alexander Hawkins on piano, Mark Whitlam on drums and me – plus a very special guest Corey Mwamba. I love being in this band, Nick writes fantastic and original music and I’m really proud of the new recording.
Here’s a recent interview Nick did about the release, along with a bit of footage of a gig we did at the Vortex earlier this year.
We’ll be touring to promote the new album, with Ric Yarborough replacing Mark Whitlam on drums for this tour. The first four dates will be with Corey Mwamba on vibes, the next five Alexander Hawkins on piano, and finally Alex Roth will be on guitar for the final gig of the tour.
This is where/when you can catch us:
20/05/14 – London – The Amersham Arms, New Cross Rd, SE14 6TY
21/05/14 – Bournemouth, Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, BH4 8JF
22/05/14 – Monmouth, The Queens Head, 1 St James S, NP25 3DL
23/05/14 – Bristol, Colston Hall Foyer, BS1 5AR
27/05/14 – St Ives, St Ives Jazz Club, Western Hotel, Royal Square, TR26 2LU
28/05/14 – Cardiff, Dempsey’s, 15 Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BS
29/05/14 – Fishguard, Pepper’s Jazz, 16 West St, Fishguard, SA65 9AE
30/05/14 – Bristol, Bebop Club, The Bear, Hotwell Rd, Bristol BS8 4SF
02/06/14 – London, The Vortex, 11 Gillett St, London N16 8AZ
07/06/14 – Shrewsbury, The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE