Friday 24th March. 19:15 – 22:00.
At Crucible Studio (in collaboration with Music in the Round)
Full £16, Concessions £12.50, Students with NUS card £7, and under 16s £3. Advance tickets available from Crucible box office: 0114 249 6000 and www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/.
Jasper Hoiby: bass; Mark Lockheart: sax; Laura Jurd: trumpet; Will Barry: piano; Corrie Dick: drums
With this superb new quintet Jasper Høiby builds on the meteoric rise and continuing critical success of his glowing international career as one of the most creative, innovative and powerful performers, composers and bandleaders of his generation in Europe. Featuring both young and seasoned lights of the London jazz scene, the music combines a deep sense of groove and an optimistic, driving energy with contrapuntal rhythms and strong lyricism.
“Jasper Høiby: Fellow Creatures review – bass virtuosity and a superb band
Jasper Høiby is the Danish double bassist with popular multinational group Phronesis – a power trio with a rock band’s punch, but maybe a narrow tonal palette for a composer of his imagination. Here, he composes for a superb quintet centred on the dialogue between trumpeter Laura Jurd and Polar Bear saxophonist Mark Lockheart. Høiby’s bass virtuosity is no surprise, neither is the bright, brittle improv skill of Jurd or the subtle langour of Lockheart: this album’s fine balance of composition and animated collective improvisation holds the attention from start to finish. Hooks from Høiby’s striking themes keep reappearing to signpost journeys, and there are pieces with the simmering folk-anthem eloquence of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music bands, along with moments of Phronesis-like drama. A terrific Lockheart-Høiby duet features the former playing honking bell-note responses to himself, and tortuous rhythm-twisting struts are played with the breeziness of a carefree street band. Høiby’s all-round musicianship turns out to be a bigger deal than even he had been letting on.” 4 / 5 stars…JOHN FORDHAM, GUARDIAN
“ this is a fantastic, appealing, record that is head and shoulders above much released of late. The quintet setting has clearly inspired Hoiby both in terms of composition and playing and there can be little doubt that he and his band are a class act. This is one of the year’s finest recordings and as such is highly recommended”… PHIL BARNES, ALL ABOUT JAZZ (UK)
“…such a good album…” JEZ NELSON, SOMETHIN’ ELSE (UK)
“I can only describe it as joyous..“ JAMIE CULLUM
“..fusing the infectious grooves of a Phronesis rhythm section with the off-kilter hooks of Polar Bear.”…London Jazz Blog
“The band flowed from the outset, whether criss-crossing lines, changing tack or simply stretching out.”…Financial Times