An early opportunity to hear new music of bands from the stable of forward-thinking Manchester-based label Efpi Records - all to be released in 2018. Headlining will be the fantastic BEATS & PIECES BIG BAND who will be joined each night by friends and colleagues from within the Efpi stable: in-demand drummer/composer Johnny Hunter and his quartet’s conjunction of 1960s hard bop, post-rock and middle eastern music on January 1; 'UK jazz supergroup’ Let Spin (Ruth Goller, Chris Williams, Moss Freed, Finlay Panter) on January 2; and intriguing Manchester/London nonet Paradox Ensemble on January 3, led by Beats & Pieces Big Band trumpeter Nick Walters – ‘kind of "Kind Of Blue" for the 21st Century’.
“Energetic, hard-rocking big band ride again… The young band’s collectively grooving energy – and the gifted Cottrell’s composing – have moved up a few notches further” John Fordham, The Guardian ****
“Lots of players have tried mixing rock brawn with jazz brain, few as convincingly as this young big band from Manchester. The Mercury Prize shortlist must surely await” John Bungey, The Times ****
“Fast becoming one of the foundations of the current UK jazz scene, Beats & Pieces make fun, grooving, high- impact music Mancunian style… continuing the great tradition of UK big bands” Jez Nelson, Jazz on 3
“A big band for modern times” Jamie Cullum
“There hasn’t been a ‘live’ British big band since Loose Tubes with the same degree of energetic spontaneity and enjoyment of performing as this one” Jazzwise