LOZ SPEYER'S INNER SPACE
Inner Space plays jazz with a rare warmth and immediacy. The compositions combine rhythmic changes with subliminal references that synthesize New Orleans, Bebop and Free Jazz. Each piece of music evolves its own form, its own balance of structure and freedom, its own atmosphere. There are audible echoes of Mingus, Monk, Ornette and beyond - but the decisive factor is the immediacy of the playing, with these five highly distinctive musicians working it all out in the here and now. The album “Life on the Edge” (released 2017 on Leo Records)
Inner Space will be playing music from the critically acclaimed album “Life on the Edge” (2017 Leo Records), which was recorded in one day at the end of the last Inner Space tour, and really captures the live, interactive quality. Plus, new music commissioned for the current tour, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’. Bandleader/composer Loz Speyer is writing a series of “portraits” dedicated to the jazz innovators most inspirational in the formation of Inner Space; and there will be new music collectively composed by the whole band, with sections or fragments by different band members, assembled and developed in rehearsal.
Loz Speyer - trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Biscoe - alto sax, alto clarinet
Rachel Musson - tenor sax, soprano sax
Olie Brice - double bass
Gary Willcox - drums
“Upon listening, I was hooked…. the contrapuntal moments when the horns venture just over the edge make me think that if ODJB had arrived 100 years later they may have sounded like this.” Bebop Spoken Here (UK)
**** “superb outing, that effectively highlights the leader's jarring and perceptively constructed compositions... foot-stomping jazz grooves and largely, memorable thematic sojourns—all enacted with chutzpah and vivacious soloing escapades.” Glen Astarita, AllAboutJazz (USA) full review here
**** “It’s the strut of Olie Brice’s burly pepper hot bass and Gary Willcox’s drums that kickstarts ‘Long Road’... the integrity they bring to the emerging free jazz push-pull structure of ’Space Music’ pilots the musicians further towards destinations unknown.” Philip Clark, Jazzwise (UK)
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