Monday 1 January 0001 - Thursday 16 January 2020
The Blue Lamp
BEATS & PIECES BIG BAND
Beats & Pieces Big Band take the big band sound to places it’s never been before, with a distinctive blend of rocking energy and precise dynamics, infectious floorfilling rhythms and widescreen arrangements, and generous individual freedom and tight collective interplay. Embracing modern textures and techniques while acknowledging and celebrating their big band lineage, they’ve earned a reputation for a joyful interaction between audience and band, with songs to make you think, dance, laugh and cry.
This exciting ensemble led by composer/conductor Ben Cottrell boasts 14 musicians, many of them bandleaders in their own right, with each player’s distinct musical background and individual voice being key to the collective band identity. Such is the level of trust and friendship across the group that they perform entirely from memory, effortlessly switching between super‐tight ensemble playing and generous soloistic expression in the same way as a trio or quartet. A driving force of the vibrant Manchester music scene and one of the most striking ensembles of its kind, the group continues to win new fans and friends across Europe and beyond.
"Ben Cottrell's 14‐strong Manchester outfit .. is spine‐tinglingly good." * * * * Mike White, MOJO
“Their new album Ten is an impressive blend of brawn and brain, irreverence and serious intent. Listen loud." * * * * John Bungey, The Times
"Beats & Pieces remain a hugely exciting and vital presence on the UK jazz scene. They have lost none of their youthful energy, irreverence and verve and on this evidence are playing better than ever." * * * * Ian Mann, The JazzMann
"... a riot of grooves, beats, textures, shake‐the‐house brass riffing and quality soloing." Mark McKergow, London Jazz News
" every bit of their frenetic energy feels like they’re performing in cars speeding through a city " Dave Sumner, Best Jazz on Bandcamp July 2018
"...an irresistible energy, powered by Cottrell’s sly way of investing the familiar chords of jazz with a startling new energy ... pleasingly ambiguous, hectic and calm at once ... Beats & Pieces have come already come far in their 10 years, but they will surely go further." * * * * Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
"... the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra ... a bit more risk‐taking than your regular big band ..." AJ Dehany, London Jazz News
"More, please” * * * * Clive Davis, The Times
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